"Even in these technically impressive times, playing of this caliber is rarely encountered"
Alan Becker, The Miami Herald
Jorge Luis Prats was born on July 3, 1956 in Camagüey, Cuba. As a youth, his teachers in Cuba included such illustrious figures as Cesar Perez Sentenar, Barbara Díaz Alea, Margot Rojas, and Alfredo Diez. Upon graduation from the National Arts College he was awarded a scholarship to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he studied under Rudolf Kerer. He continued his higher piano education at the Paris Conservatory and later while at the Hochshüle für Müsik und Künstler in Vienna he studied with Paul Badura Skoda and with Magda Tagliaferro in Paris. He also received master classes from Witold Malcuzcynski in Warsaw.
At the age of 21, Prats won the Grand Prix at the prestigious ?Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud? piano competition in Paris. At the same time he received special prizes for the best interpretation of Maurice Ravel and André Jolivet along with the Chevillon Bonnard and Mohan awards. Other awards include the Gold Medal at the Katia Popova Festival in Bulgaria and First Prize at the Amadeo Roldán Piano Competition in Havana, Cuba.
He has been decorated with Cuba?s highest awards granted to national and international personalities of the arts and culture: the ?Alejo Carpentier? and ?Félix Varela? medals.
Jorge Luis Prats has been invited to serve as either a juror or president of numerous international competitions such as the Iberian-American Piano Competition in Havana, the International Piano Competition of Santander, Colombia, the Hilton Head in South Carolina and Jaen International Piano competition, Carlet International Piano Competition, Spain.
Prats has been a regular guest professor at the following prestigious institutions: the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, the National School of Arts in Havana, The Center for Fine Arts, Mexico DF, the Conservatory of Cordoba, Spain, and the Glenn Gould Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He served as the Artistic Director and performed as a soloist with the Cuban National Symphony since 1985.
A consummate performer, Prats? concert tours have taken him to every nation in the European continent, North, South and Central America, China, Japan and Korea. He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the BBC Orchestra, EOS Orchestra of New York and the Dallas Symphony. In Mexico he has performed with the Mexico City Orchestra, Ofunam Orchestra, and the Xalapa Orchestra. In South America he appeared with the Colombia Philharmonic, Venezuela?s ?Simon Bolivar? Orchestra, and the Municipal Caracas Orchestra.
He has recorded for a number of major labels: Pathé Marconi (EMI France), Deutsche Gramophone (Germany), ASV, IMP (United Kingdom), Musical Heritage (USA). His discography includes the first ever recording of the 24 Preludes and The Satanic Poem by A. Scriabin for Pathé Marconi (EMI France), works by Beethoven, piano concertos by Grieg, the entirety of the works for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninoff, the Chopin concertos and a considerable roster of Cuban music.
His extensive repertoire includes most major works for piano and orchestra and his diverse recital repertoire includes works such as Bach?s Well Tempered and other Suites and Partitas, all of Mozart?s Sonatas and a great number of the Beethoven Sonatas; nearly the entirety of Chopin?s works and all of Franz Liszt?s Sonatas and Etudes as well as The Hungarian Rhapsodies. It also includes Ravel, Debussy, and Hector Villa-Lobos together with all the Cuban inventory of classical music from the XVIII and XIX centuries including the dances and contra dances by Manuel Saumell and Ignacio Cervantes along with all of Ernesto Lecuona?s piano compositions. He has also mastered the most important compositions by contemporary Cuban composers such as Carlos Fariñas and Harold Gramatges.
His February 27, 2007 concert at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts under the auspices of the Miami International Piano Festival was recorded and this live performance has recently been released on a DVD by VAI (Video Artists International).
Mr. Prats? future performances include his debut at the Concertgebouw, The Netherlands on November 2, 2008, Guild Hall Recital in Guildford UK , Charleston, South Carolina International piano series, Montenegro Festival in Serbia, Symphony of the Americas in Florida USA., Utah, Symphony Orchestra in Salt Lake at Mormons Tabernacle.