Jesús Reina has been recognized as one of the most remarkable performers of our time, hailed by El País as a violinist “with a beautiful sound characterized by true musicality, temperament and charisma”.
Since his debut at six years old with Maestro Octav Caleya, Jesús Reina has performed with conductors Eiji Oue, Pinchas Zukerman and Valery Gergiev and given recitals and performances thoughout América and Europe. His “pronounced personality” and “boundless spontaneity” (Luis Iberni, El Cultural) have been witnessed in prestigious venues as Wiener Saal in Salzburg, Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Southam Hall in Ottawa or Glinka Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic. In his native Spain, Jesús Reina has given recitals and performances in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditori de Barcelona, Kursaal de San Sebastian, Teatro Real de Madrid, Maestranza de Sevilla, Festival de Música de Granada, Festival de Música y Danza en Nerja, Teatro Cervantes Málaga, Teatro de Alicante and Auditorio San Lorenzo del Escorial, highlighting a performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Valery Gergiev and The Mariinsky Theater Orchestra.
Mr. Reina has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including Queen Sofía’s award “To The Most Outstanding Violinist”, top prize winner at the “Eisenberg-Fried” concerto competition, four-year-consecutive winner of the “Lillian Fuchs” chamber music competition, winner of the “Indiana Solo Competition”, certificate of excellence from the American Strings Teachers Association, recipient of the “Tom Marks Memorial” award and winner of the “Waldo Mayo Memorial” competition, presented officially in Kaufman Center.
Born in Málaga, Jesús Reina started receiving violin lessons at age four, learning spanish folk music with his grandfather. After studying privately with Vincenzo Puma and Ara Wartanian in his native town, Mr. Reina went on to receive his musical education from the renown Yehudi Menuhin School, with Natasha Boyarsky and Lord Menuhin; Queen Sofía College of Music, with maestro García Asensio; Indiana University, with Mauricio Fuks; and finally the Manhattan School of Music, where he obtained a Master of Music degree as part of the “Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program”, receiving instruction from pedagoguesPatinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman, and graduating with the “Raphael Bronstein” award.
Recently, Mr. Reina was selected as an International Artist in the festival Music@Menlo, led by musicians of the year David Finckel and Wu Han and performed in the music series of the Harvard Club and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as with renowned pianist Edvinas Minkstimas at the Embassy Series in Washington DC, representing the European Union. Mr. Reina has also been named Maestro of the BAJA Musical Arts Foundation Program, an arts education program which brings music to the people and children of México and New York. As Soloist of the Mahler Philharmonic, Jesús Reina took part in performances in Wiener Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall this past season.
Amongst upcoming engagements are a recital tour featuring all of Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano, a concert tour in Spain performing the Sibelius violin concerto and a CD recording with the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Reina is, together with Norwegian violinist Anna Margrethe Nilsen, co-founder and artistic director of the Festival Málaga#Clásica, which had its first and succesfull edition in May 2013. Málaga#Clásica’s second edition will take place in May and June of 2014.
Jesús Reina resides in Málaga (Spain), city which provided him with the Honorary Medal for his cultural achievements.