Baltanas is currently teaching at the Hamburg University of Music, whilst also taking his Konsertexamen Diploma. Getting to inspire other young musicians is still one of his greatest achievements; he has achieved many things in his own personal playing, such as competing in and winning the National Piano Competition in Spain, but physical prizes and pride don’t come near to the sheer joy of knowing he has inspired someone else to study music, that he has passed on the same love that was evoked in him at the age of 16.
HOW DOES YOUR MUSIC CAREER USE YOUR SKILLS AND TALENTS, AND WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I think my two main strengths would be my charisma and my empathy. I try to engage the public directly to what I do and share with them until the last drop of my soul. I love designing thought-out concert programs based on an idea and take the public on this sonic journey. At the moment I’m playing a Flamenco/Spanish-based program that mixes music by Albéniz, de Falla, Debussy, and Ravel. I’m considering also to recite some poems by Lorca in between the pieces to set an even more evocative atmosphere.
WHAT CAREER SUCCESSES ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF HAVING ACCOMPLISHED? WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT GOAL?
Having a teaching position at Hamburg University of Music and Theater is something I’m really proud of. I also won some prizes and competitions like the most important National Piano Competition in Spain of which I’m also proud. My next goal is to go to all Top Spanish International Piano Competitions and see what happens! I will never be able to thank my parents enough for all the love they gave and still give me.
WHAT OBSTACLES HAVE YOU OVERCOME TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
I’ve had to overcome many obstacles, like everybody. There were many more failures than successes but I don’t regret a single thing. Maybe that’s the most important lesson I have learned. All of that shaped me the way I am now.
AS A MUSICIAN HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF TO AUDIENCE THAT HAS NEVER HEARD OR SEEN YOU BEFORE? WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?
I play the piano to express myself what I can’t with words. And even though it’s a big risk and a quite violent situation, I’ll inevitably share even my most intimate feelings with the public. I think in my sound one can feel my whole being poured. Or at least that’s my goal. Performing music for an audience cannot be something ‘pleasant’. There’s suffering, like in a woman who is giving birth. There’s a risk. But the outcome goes beyond words. Music is a means (if not the only one) to transcend our existence, to sublimate ourselves, and to bond with other people.
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