Born in Barakaldo, in the province of Vizcaya, Spain, Rubén Fernández-Aguirre completed his solo piano studies in Vitoria with Albert Nieto before specialising in opera coaching and piano accompaniment in Vienna with David Lutz and in München with Donald Sulzen. He has also received the guidance of Félix Lavilla, Miguel Zanetti and Wolfram Rieger.
A much sought-after recital accompanist, he regularly collaborates with Carlos Álvarez, Ainhoa Arteta, María Bayo, Gabriel Bermúdez, Mariola Cantarero, Elena de la Merced, Andeka Gorrotxategi, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Ismael Jordi, José Antonio López, David Menéndez, María José Montiel, Carmen Romeu, José Luis Sola and Carmen Solís, and he has also worked alongside Celso Albelo, Yolanda Auyanet, Josep Bros, Measha Brueggergosman, Mariella Devia, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Carol García, Eglise Gutiérrez, Montserrat Martí, Isabel Rey, Christopher Robertson, Ofelia Sala, Ana María Sánchez, Leontina Vaduva and José Manuel Zapata. In these partnerships, he has performed at most of the Spanish festivals and theatres, as well as the major music centres around the world, including Vienna's Musikverein, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, Montevideo's Teatro Solís, and concert halls in Paris, Lyon, Bremen, Graz, Budapest, Damasco, Argel, Mexico City and Buenos Aires.
Rubén has accompanied Masterclasses given by Teresa Berganza, Renata Scotto, Jaume Aragall, Ileana Cotrubas, Simon Estes, Bruno de Simone, Emilio Sagi and Ana Luisa Chova, and was an official pianist at Plácido Domingo's "Operalia 2006". He has worked as a repetiteur at Valencia's Palau de la Música, Madrid's Teatro Real and Sevilla's Teatro de la Maestranza and as a vocal coach, he runs his own Masterclasses hosted by "Cursos de Verano Isaac Albéniz" (Girona), "Festival Manuel de Falla" (Granada), "Quincena Musical Donostiarra" (San Sebastián) and the University of the Basque Country.
His discography most notably includes the complete songs of Antón García Abril (Bolamar Music), "Canciones en la Alhambra" with soprano Mariola Cantarero and "Carlos Álvarez Live in La Monnaiae" (Ibs Classical Gold) and "Ensueños" with mezzo Nancy Fabiola Herrera (AIM Records).
In 2010 he receivedthe Ópera Actual award "for his dedication to and the rising recognition of his accomplishment in thefield of the lyric art".
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