Jorge Gimenez, cello

Jorge Giménez was born in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, in 2001.

Currently he is studying at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel as an Artist in Residence in the class of Gary Hoffman and is pursuing his second year of Master’s Degree in Violoncello Performance at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Jeroen Reuling.

He began his cello studies at the age of four. He studied a Bachelor Degree in Violoncello Performance at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de las Islas Baleares, Spain, with Emmanuel Bleuse and graduated in June 2019 and received the Extraordinary End of Degree Award. While he was studying in Spain, he was also a student from Maria de Macedo (2011-2019).

From August of 2019 to 2021 he studied with Amit Peled at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where he graduated in May of 2021 and received the James Winship Lewis Memorial Prize in Performance “for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the musical and educational life at Peabody.” During his time at Peabody Institute, he was granted with the “Excellence in Music Leadership Full Scholarship” from The Johns Hopkins University.

During his years of formation, he has had the opportunity to work with several great cellists and musicians, such as Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Marc Coppey, Jens-Peter Maintz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Jeroen Reuling, Antoine Lederlin, Amit Peled, Lluis Claret, Emmanuel Feldman, Adrian Brendel, Kyril Zlotnikov, Paul Badura-Skoda, Christoph Henkel, Clive Brown, Guy Danel, Cecylia Barczyk, María Kliegel, Claudio Bohórquez, Troels Svanne, Alban Gerhardt, Amparo Lacruz, among others.

Throughout his career, he has been awarded in many national and international competitions, being the last of them, Juventudes Musicales de Madrid Scholarship award (2019), 1st prize at Mount Vernon Virtuosi Cello Competition (2020), 1st place at KPIMC (2020), 2nd prize at the “Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competiton 2021” , 2nd prize at Park Na competition for violin and cello (2021).

Jorge has performed with orchestras as a soloist in Spain since 2015, such as the OSIB, and in the U.S., the MVV orchestra. He has performed the concertos of Haydn in C, Haydn in D and Dvorak as a soloist. In December of 2021 he did a tour of four concerts as a soloist where he performed the concerto in D by J.Haydn with the MVV orchestra, as part of the 1st prize of the competition he won in 2020. In 2018 and 2019 he performed in the European Music Foundation Stringsfest Festival and ¨Enrique Granados ¨ Festival.

Since 2017 he is a guest artist at the Deia International Music Festival where he performs regularly with different renowned artists and chamber music formations as well as cello&piano recitals. Since October of 2021 he is invited as a guest professor by the string department of the CSMIB to give masterclasses to the violoncello students. On 2022 performed in the first edition of the Festival for Young Talents in Cannes. He also participated in the Schiermonnikoog Festival for Young Talents and in Kronberg’s Academy Cello Festival as an active student.

He has been invited to the Pau Casals Festival in the summer of 2023.

Renowned artists that he has collaborated with include Krzysztof Penderecki, Marin Alsop, Amit Peled, Asier Polo, Josep Colom, Chee-Yun Kim, Emanuel Pahud, Vasko Vasilev, Mikhail Zemtsov, Marc Coppey, Joan Enric Lluna, Gilles Apap, Jean-Pierre Lecaudey, Jesse Malin, Benjamin Schmid, Daniel Röhn, among others.

Jorge is currently playing on a cello made by Alexandre Beaussart, which was awarded  2nd prize in the prestigious international competition “Philharmonie de Paris”, and is generously loaned by the Belgian Foundation “Strings for Talent”.