Spanish pianist Mario Ahijado made his concerto debut with RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Gourlay in 2013. He has since performed in numerous concert halls across Europe and South America.
Mario is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London for a Master of Performance with Dina Parakhina, as an RCM Award Holder supported by a George Stennett Award, an Olive Rees Prize and a Lee Abbey Award. He has been recently accepted for studying the Artist Diploma in Performance next year at the Royal College of Music.
He received distinction for his Bachelor of Music at the High Conservatory of Badajoz (Spain) with Ángel Sanzo and for his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the University of Évora (Portugal), where he was taught by Óscar M. De Graça, Filipe Melo and Juan G. Galiardo.
Mario has won prizes in several national and international competitions, including the International Chopin Piano Competition of Granada, and First Prize and Best Pianist Prize at the National "Intercentros Melómano" Competition, resulting in invitations from across Spain.
Since his debut as soloist, Mario has performed with orchestras including the Medellín Philarmonic Orchestra (Colombia) and Filarmonía Orchestra (Spain), appearing at venues such as the Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Monumental in Madrid. He has also regularly given piano recitals at music festivals such as the Spanish Music Festival of Cádiz and the International Festival of Santander. His performances has been broadcast on Spanish National Radio (RNE) and Spanish National Television (RTVE).
An active jazz musician, Mario has also appeared at festivals such as the International Jazz Festival of Badajoz (Spain) and Festa do Jazz do São Luiz (Portugal).
He is currently working on original jazz arrangements of Chopin's Nocturnes with the Mario Ahijado Trio.
Mario has recently formed a new partnership with pianist Ángela Pagán to perform Tchaikovsky Ballet Suites (transcriptions for Piano Four Hands)
Next commitments will take him to play at the Rachmaninov Hall at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in April.