Meet 2017 Toy Piano Festival Participant – Víctor Trescolí

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Víctor Trescolí Sanz is a pianist with a special interest in performing contemporary works alongside traditional repertoire. After his studies in Spain he moved to the Netherlands to further his career by doing a Master’s in music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CVA) and a Master’s at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). Among his teachers were Brenno Ambrosini, David Kuyken, Hakon Austbo and Ralph van Raat. At the same time he studied the harpsichord with Johan Hoffman and the pianoforte with Baart van Oort. His gained scholarships from the Jaques Vonk Foundation (The Netherlands) and the IVM (Instituto Valenciano de la Música) and the Spanish government to continue his studies, and gained first prize in a Chamber music competition (Academia Valenciana de la Música) with Art! Trio. In addition to solo recitals, Víctor has collaborated with Avlitria ensemble, CVA-New muziek ensemble (Harry Sparnaay), Espai Sonor, Alart quartet, Sorolla ensemble, Festival Punto de Encuentro, Nits d´Aielo i Art, Ensems, Off_Herzios, Pim Pam Pum, Mostra Sonora de Sueca, Festival de música contemporánea de Córdoba, among others, he has a duo with cellist Josep Trescolí Sanz, percussionist Sisco Aparici, and with pianist Xavier Torres and is founding member of ensemble Grup Mixtour as well. Victor’s research covers a variety of studies, which include “Dies Irae in Rachmaninov”, an interpretation study of Mompou’s Música Callada (“SILENT MUSIC: Federico Mompou’s Música Callada”. CVA Research Symposium 2010, Holanda), “Toy piano, juguete e intrumento” (research about the history, interpretation and repertoire for Toy piano), today he is undertaking an UPV doctorate programme in contemporary music. He has published a release “Not a Toy” in the Netlabel Audiotalaia, music for keyboard (piano & Toy piano) and electronics by Karlheinz Essl. In 2013 has published a new release with Toy piano music in Gadgad Music label, under the name Toy piano project: Sons Petits. Víctor has premiered works by Carlos D. Perales and Karlheinz Essl. Víctor teaches at CSMCLM.

What sparked your interest in toy piano?
Nowadays 50% of concerts that I play are on Toy piano, I started almost like a joke, just taking some distance from lets say regular piano, and very quickly it became an important thing in my life, concerts, collaborations, writings, workshops, etc. The toy piano has this thing that takes you, gives you a freedom, to explore and develop your ideas because of its short tradition, which is growing very fast.

What do you hope to achieve artistically or educationally from your participation in the festival?
I found Toy piano very interesting for pedagogical procedure, not just for children also for composition students. Toy piano has this interesting thing of “non tradition” like the piano has, could be an starting point to be more open to explore new sounds, techniques, etc.

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