− Come with an open mind, without prejudices towards the performers or the composers.Gonzalo Moreno
Gonzalo Moreno grew up in Madrid and found his first great inspiration to become a musician from listening to Tchaikovsky´s Swan Lake on a cassette player at home when he was five or six years old. He later studied piano in Madrid, London and Oslo.
− I think the person who left the deepest impression on me was Elena Romero, who was my piano teacher during my teenage years. She was a student of Frank Marshall, who had a music academy in Barcelona and had been the assistant to the pianist and the composer Enrique Granados.
− The response from the audience was overwhelming
Gonzalo was engaged by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991, and was given a permanent position the following year. Since then he has performed as a soloist with the orchestra several times, and has had many exceptional experiences:
− It´s difficult to pick out one of them, but I remember especially well the first time I went along to the Salzburg Festival with Mariss Jansons conducting. We played the suite from Stravinsky´s The Firebird, Bartók´s Viola Concerto and Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss. The response from the audience was overwhelming.
He is reluctant to highlight favourite works from the many he has heard and played:
− As a professional musician I feel that is an impossible question to answer, in the same way that it would be impossible to answer which of my children I am most fond of.
The pianist has the following advice to members of the public hoping for a good concert experience:
− Come with an open mind, without prejudices towards the performers or the composers.