Curriculum Vitae

Born in Murcia, Pilar Beltrán began her piano studies at the age of seven at the Conservatoire of Murcia, Spain with the pianist Mario Monreal. On finishing her Bachelor Degrees in Piano Solo Performance and Teacher in Music Theory, she moved to Barcelona in 1992 to continue her studies at the ESMUC, (Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña) with the pianist Eulalia Solé and combined a Postgraduate course in piano with the Diploma in Music Analysis at the School of Composition of Alcoi, ECCA; Valencia with the composer Carmen Verdú.

She has worked as an accompanist at the “Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Murcia” in Spain since 2004.

In 2011 she came in contact with Michael Gieler, the first viola player of Concertgebouw Orchestra, when they played together in private sessions. He was the musician who represented a turning point in her professional life, as a motivation to enhance her artistic experience. In 2012 she moved to Manchester to study toward a Masters Degree in piano accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music, being awarded by RNCM with the “ Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw scholarship”.

During her Master Pilar studied under the tutelage of the accompanist and co-coordinator of accompaniment studies, David Jones. She has also received tuition from many other distinguished teachers and chamber music musicians during that time, such as Julius Drake, Pavel Fisher, Jeremy Young, Petr Prause, Gerard Poulet, Brodsky Quartet, Heath Quarter and Terry Charlston. The most influential artist at College was Mr. Drake whose playing and classes convinced her that the vocal repertoire was the direction her studies and career wanted to take.

Pilar has been very interested in performing new music, doing many premiers from RNCM composers, as the vocal piece by Katie Chatburn “Par Coeur” which was the winner of the prestigious 2013 RNCM Rosamund Prize as well as works by colleagues as Michael Betteridge. WIth this composer organized a cycle concerts in Murcia, Spain premiering his work the English singers Rosie Middleton y Catrin Woodruff.

In November 2013 Pilar was awarded with the Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance, piano accompaniment, by RNCM. UK.

While studying at the RNCM she worked with Julius Drake on a number of occasions. Those Master Classes were a pivotal experience for her musicianship and career. Currently, Pilar is a Julius Drake student traveling periodically to London and specializing in vocal repertoire.

In 2015 has worked at the Drama School in Murcia, ESAD as an accompanist for the Musical Theatre School. As part a new projects, Pilar has collaborated with contemporary art, the project The Lieder,  by Javier Cuevas and Sara Serrano premiered in Terrasa in September 2017 and in Norway in August 2018.

In summer 2018 is accepted in the Residencies at The Banff Centre located in the Leighton Artists´ Studios Independent Residency area. A sacred and magical place offer to delve into the work as well the option to engage within the artistic Banff Centre community.

Pilar combine her teaching focused on the training of pianistic technique with her research work with singers.