Biography

 

 

Yago Mahúgo is considered to be one of the most important Spanish musicians in the field of Historically Performance Practice. 

 

Chosen as the best Spanish artist of the year 2013 by the prestigious music critic Ruben Amón (El Mundo), and performer of one of the best recordings of the year 2013 (El País), Yago Mahúgo was born in Madrid.

He began his piano studies with Ana Guijarro. After obtaining his Piano Degree in Seville, he continued his postgraduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany) with Prof. Tibor Szász. There he got in touch with period instruments and became a disciple of Prof. Dr. Robert Hill. Under his tutorship he achieved the Degree in Historical Keyboard Instruments (Harpsichord, Fortepiano and Organ) and the MA in Harpsichord and Fortepiano. Since 2016, Mahúgo holds a “cum laude” PhD on Arts by the Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid.

He also studied with well-known performers such as Christophe Rousset and Malcolm Bilson. He has been awarded with several prizes at international competitions, such as the 35th International Harpsichord Competition in Budapest and the 13th Bruges Harpsichord Competition (Belgium), considered to be the most important ancient music contest. His concert activities have led him to play all across the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, North and South America. On next February, he will be making his debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York. He is regularly invited by several professional orchestras to perform as a continuo player. He has also played as a soloist at various concert halls such as the Palacio de Festivales de Santander, Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Real in Madrid, achieving notable performances of the Harpsichord Concerto by Manuel de Falla.

He has taught Harpsichord and Historical Performance Practice at the Badajoz Superior Conservatory (Spain) and keeps teaching and giving lectures on this subject in other Spanish towns (Albacete Conservatory, Barcelona Liceu Superior Conservatory, etc…) He has recorded for several TV and Radio Stations, in Spain and the rest of Europe (RNE, TVE, Bartók Radio, MTV…). His first harpsichord record, with the complete harpsichord works of the French 18th century composer Pancrace Royer (Brilliant Classics/Onclassical.com) has received the best reviews by several magazines (Ritmo, Melómano, Fanfare), being chosen as “CD of the Month” by the prestigious Scherzo magazine in April 2013.

Mahúgo is the founder and conductor of the historical Ensemble “Ímpetus Madrid Baroque Ensemble”, playing only on period instruments. The ensemble was nominated for the prestigious ICMA 2015 in the category of Baroque Instrumental Music for their second recording, Pièces de clavecin en Concerts by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Their last release, Geistliche Oden und Lieder mit Melodien by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, has been given several awards by the specialized press. His last harpsichord recording, with Clérambault and Marchand complete harpsichord works (Brilliant Classics), is now receiving as well the best reviews and awards. Recently, Mahúgo has sealed a three years contract with Brilliant classic to record 3 CD on French harpsichord music.

Currently, Yago Mahúgo works as a professor at the Teresa Berganza Conservatory, besides as a guest artist at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofía, both in Madrid