Anna Serret Almenara,
Anna Serret Almenara
Concert Pianist & Professor at Barcelona Conservatory of Music
Described as an “optimum musician” with “unwonted abilities” and praised for her “extremely pleasant and unheard” pianism, Anna Serret Almenara stands out on the international scene as an unprecedented pianist.
Born in Barcelona in 1988, her main piano training took place under the guidance of Professor Jordi Vilaprinyó. She is also disciple of Xavier Boliart and Carles Guinovart with whom she acquired a solid musical knowledge on harmony, composition and analysis, obtaining a deep understanding of music, present in her interpretations. Her repertoire is "impressively broad", and comprises both famous and lesser-known masterworks from the Renaissance to nowadays, she is improviser as well.
After graduating with highest first class honors with distinction in Barcelona Music Conservatory and Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, and having won several national and international prizes, her understanding of art led her to deliberately avoid competition circuit, devoting herself to giving concerts and teaching.
She has performed as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician in numerous series and international music festivals in Europe, both in intimate recitals and in big halls such as L’Auditori and Palau de la Música. Some of her performances have been broadcasted on the radio and television and she has premiered works of catalan composers.
Her enlightening research discoveries together with her unique interpretations, such as Chopin’s last work played as an autobiographical bar per year composition, brought her to hold numerous concerts and conferences, publish articles in renowned specialized journals, be the subject of a documentary on Catalonia Television, and inaugurate the Chopin Bicentenary celebrations in Barcelona.
After taking postgraduate and perfectioning studies with Albert Attenelle, she continued studying with Paul Badura Skoda, and broadened her formation in Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands. Her interest in learning led her to receive workshops and masterclasses with more than twenty renowned piano masters from all over the world, including Vitaly Margulis, Seppo Salovius, Boris Berman, Edith Fischer, Christian Zacharias, Josep Colom, Rita Wagner, Luca Chiantore, Arthur Shoonderwoerd and Luiz de Moura Castro, through whom she has received a rich pianistic legacy and pedagogical influence.
She is much sought-after as a teacher and is Professor of Music at the prestigious Barcelona Conservatory of Music, where she was appointed being only twenty-two years old, becoming the most experienced of her generation in the preparation of professional pianists and musicians. Among other music fields, her main teaching includes piano, improvisation, chamber music, harmony, and analysis. She has been invited to impart masterclasses in several European conservatories and universities such as London College of Music.
Anna Serret Almenara is doing an innovative work in Catalonia introducing schemata to piano improvisation pedagogy. She is also pioneer in Spain and one of the pioneers worldwide in the use of the new harmonic pedal, a fourth pedal that brings to the piano the harmonic resonance effect. This pedal has allowed her to expand the interpretative approaches to piano repertoire.