Yes, my mother, uncles and aunts are wind instrumentalists and my grandfather played the accordion. I started playing the accordion at nine years old, although I have played the piano since I was 7.
I was at a Bogdan Precz (a famous accordionist) concert and I thought, how cool, it really impressed me. That concert was where I decided to gradually quit piano and take up the accordion.
I started with Josune Otxotorena, then with professors Bikondoa and Ángel Luis Castaño in San Sebastián.
I studied postgrad with Mika Vayrynen. Those have been my four key professors (he says with pride).
The most awesome part is to see how, little by little, the student becomes familiar with their instrument, gaining energy along the way. It is very motivating.
It is contagious… it energizes the professor, too.
"The most awesome part is to see how, little by little, the student becomes familiar with their instrument, gaining energy along the way."
I think that the future of the accordion is in chamber music. In my circle of contacts I have found myself in groups of string musicians, in quartets and duos, with the cellist Ángel Luis Quintana and violinist Manuel de Juan. I love how the two [types of instruments] have bonded.