Rafael Salinas

Professor of Piano and Musical Performance Studies

Rafael Salinas

Rafael Salinas was born in Valencia where he combined higher studies of music with those of Psychology at the Valencian University. He is Doctor of Art Sciences (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) by the Saint Petersburg Conservatory (Russia). He began his piano studies with Amparo Fandos and Adolfo Bueso to pursue them under the direction of Leonid Sintsev, Elena Shafran and Dr. Leonid Gákkel. He has also received advice from great pianists such as Nathan Perelmann, Rudolf Kerer, Ferenc Kereck or Joaquín Achúcarro.

Especially interested in the pedagogical field he studied the methodologies of the Russian school analyzing the specific materials published in the second half of the 20th century and teaching in the Special School for gifted children and the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. These experiences encouraged him to delve into the area of high abilities and music, get to study other musical systems and institutions (such as the Purcell School of London or Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo) and participate in international conferences dedicated to this topic. Between 2013 and 2017 he was director of the Sant Gregori School of Music where he developed a pedagogical training program as well as different initiatives for detection, evaluation and development of high abilities.

For many years he has combined teaching with interpretation and research. He has performed in many European concert halls either playing solo recitals or chamber music. He has been part of juries in different international music competitions and is regularly invited to do master-classes, lectures and teacher training courses in institutions in Europe and Asia. His students have been awarded in international competitions and have been recognized with scholarships to expand their studies. He has been an associate professor at the Jaume I University of Castellón and since 2011 he is a professor of Theory of Musical Performance and Piano at the Higher School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC) where he was head of academical studies between 2006 and 2009.