|A Brief Biography||
Getting important recitals in the U.S. was still difficult. It was at this point that Iturrioz decided to capitalize on his extensive left hand repertoire to produce an educational film about left hand piano music. This became his first film, a one-of-a-kind documentary called The Art of the Left Hand: A Brief History of Left Hand Piano Music, which appeared in 2006 to critical acclaim and has been shown twice on PBS. Clavier Magazine called it “an important film.” A second film followed in 2010 and again the inspiration came from those Godowsky studies during his recovery from right hand surgery. The Buddha of the Piano: Leopold Godowsky is the first and only film about Godowsky and also has been shown twice on PBS, at the Portland International Piano Festival in Oregon, and at the invitation of the President of the International Godowsky Society, Harry Winstanley, the film was shown at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians in Scotland, where Iturrioz also played two recitals. The Buddha also was shown at the Querceto International Piano Festival in Florence, Italy, July 18-20, 2013, where Mr. Iturrioz played the opening recital of the Festival and gave a Master Class.
In addition to his special interests in left hand piano music, and the life and music of Godowsky, Mr. Iturrioz is presently researching material for a documentary film about L. M. Gottschalk. On January 13, 2013, he gave a World Premiere on one piano of Gottschalk's two-movement Symphony Romantique, Nuit des Tropiques . The first movement of the work was arranged for solo piano by Gottschalk, but he died before he could arrange the second movement for solo piano and it remained for Cuban-American pianist Iturrioz to arrange the second movement, "Fiesta Criolla" for one piano.
Having reinvented himself as concert pianist-documentarian, Mr. Iturrioz continues to play recitals and show his films in the U. S. and in Europe. He lives with his wife in the Russian River area of Sonoma County, California, and teaches privately in Sonoma and Napa Counties.
was born in Cuba and came to the United States when he was 7 years old. He played his first concert at age 9 and made his orchestral debut at age 15 playing the Liszt First Piano Concerto. His teachers include his father, Pablo Iturrioz, Francisco De Hoyos (a pupil of Gyorgi Sandor), Bernardo Segall who studied with Alexander Siloti who was a pupil of Liszt, Aube Tzerko and Julian White. He is a recipient of the Los Angeles Young Musicians Foundation Scholarship. In 1969 at the age of 13, he took several master classes with Jorge Bolet who offered him a scholarship to Curtis, but the family was unable to move. In 1971 he took several master classes from Byron Janis. In 1972 he participated in the Aspen Music Festival, and in 1973 he was one of ten young pianists selected nationwide by Andre Watts to participate in the Andre Watts Piano Seminars at Tanglewood. After Tanglewood when he was learning the Rachmaninoff piano concerto No. 3, he took several master classes from Alexis Weissenberg on the piece.
Antonio Iturrioz is a Steinway Artist
Mr. Iturrioz has an extensive repertoire that ranges from Scarlatti to present day composers, and plays the complete piano works of Robert Schumann. He continues to perform in the United States and Europe, and has three CD's available at www.artists.com: A Waterfall of Romance, featuring Bellini's "Norma" arranged by Franz Liszt; The Art of the Left Hand (cd audio); and Davidsbundler, Op.6 by Schumann, with the Liszt "Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude".
For related information, see also: www.newinternationalgodowskysociety.com
Live performance of Felix Blumenfeld’s Left Hand Etude from Santa Cruz, CA
Live performance of Strauss-Godowsky's Artist's Life from Santa Cruz, CA