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GIA Training programs for the

Study of Piano

Information for the 2022/2023 Piano Study course.


Students who pass the auditions convened for July 2022 will begin studying the Piano Study at the Galamian International Academy from September 2022.

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Study at the

GalamianInternational Academy

Being part of the Galamian International Academy (GIA) is a crucial decision for your artistic development. The GIA has fully dedicated professionals who guarantee your learning with the most current and advanced methodologies on the music scene.

Since its transfer to the former María Cristina Royal Conservatory, the Galamian International Academy has established itself as a musical educational institution of the highest vision and recognition. Students and teachers from all corners of the world attend the GIA.

Belonging to the student body of the Academy means much more than receiving classes from your principal teacher. We fervently believe in the necessary development of all the skills that make up your musical growth. Among them, of course, is your instrument technique, but not alone.

The Galamian International Academy allows you to

  • Develop your artistic abilities in a friendly study environment among classmates and teachers. Sharing opinions, criticism and musical experiences with our team and students will help you achieve honourable and competent artistic values ​​in the 21st-century music scene.
  • Have all the facilities of the Academy: study booths, classrooms with pianos treated with care and respect, conference room, chamber music rooms and the María Cristina Unicaja Concert Hall.
  • Participate in activities dedicated to improving your skills as a musician: student concerts, group technique classes, joint reading, music theory and singing, Brainin method, orchestra, assistance as a listener to all the masterclasses given at the Academy.
  • Attend all the concerts organized by the Galamian Academy, such as the Cycle of Concerts for Teachers, the concerts of the Galamian Academy Orchestra, and the annual program of the Málaga Philharmonic Society.

Study ofPiano

Pianists Misha Dacić, Josu De Solaun and Antonio Ortíz are the principal professors of the Piano Study at the Galamian International Academy.

The students who are members of this program receive dedicated instruction from the leading professors through individual masterclasses and workshops, courses, and events from which the Study nurtures the growth of its students.

Students entering the GIA Piano Study in the Autumn Semester will receive these lessons from September 2022. During that time, they will participate in:

  • Individual masterclasses with the principal teachers of the Piano Studio, Misha Dacić and Josu De Solaun, and attending the lessons given to all their fellow students. The monthly classes will be distributed 50% between each principal teacher.
  • Performance masterclasses consist of group repertoire classes, studio techniques, and performative practice. You will develop your acting techniques on stage and share practical experiences with your study colleagues.
  • One group class every three weeks

  • Guest professors nurture the Study's artistic diversity; internationally renowned professors visit the Piano Study during each academic year or give classes by video conference.
  • Chamber music is an integral part of musical training: beginner and advanced groups collaborate with academy teachers. You will be able to participate in different projects throughout the course, perform at leading concert halls in Málaga and participate in the International Festival of Málaga Clásica Chamber Music in its Talent program.
  • Distance learning with state-of-the-art technological equipment.
  • Concert performances to learn a classical concert movement with an academy pianist and chamber ensemble, gaining experience playing with an orchestra.
  • Concerts and recitals in the main hall and other spaces will exhibit your projects and concert programs. The iconic Unicaja Concert Hall María Cristina hosts the vast majority of the Galamian International Academy events. The location features acoustics and aesthetics praised by the great artists who pass through it every season.
  • Repertoires for a limited number of classes.
  • The academy's teachers will guide project development practices and accompaniment for musicians.

Study of Piano classes, concerts and tuition fees per academic year

Individual masterclasses644832
Guest professor classes221
Performance masterclasses101010
Chamber music classes141414
Courses by symposium and eConferences
Distance learning
Chamber music concerts222
Student concerts333
Possibility of performing your own recital
Tuition fee*€7,890€6,590€5,190

Professors of the

Piano Study

Principal Professors

  • Misha Dacić
  • Josu De Solaun
  • Antonio Ortíz

Guest Professors

  • Anna Petrova
  • Francesco Libetta
    Misha Dacić
    Principal Professor Misha Dacić

    Principal Professor

    Misha Dacić

    Following his debut on the Miami International Piano Festival's Discovery Series in 2003, Misha Dacić quickly became a sought-after solo artist capturing audiences across the United States and performing at festivals such as Ravinia's Rising Stars Series in Chicago, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Xavier Piano Series in Cincinnati, Frederic Chopin Society's Series in Minneapolis, at Steinway Hall in New York, among many others.

    Born into a family with a musical tradition and receiving his first lessons from his father, Misha Dacić began performing in public at age ten. His mentors include Kemal Gekić, Frank Cooper, Alan Fraser, Lazar Berman, and Jorge Luis Prats.

    As a chamber musician, his collaboration with violinist Gilles Apap and Argentine tango maestro Pablo Ziegler are some of Dacic's highlights. He has been a member of the Miami International Piano Festival Academy since 2015. He has also received support from the Patrons of Exceptional Artists since 2003.

    Josu De Solaun
    Principal Professor Josu De Solaun

    Principal Professor

    Josu De Solaun

    The international press acclaimed him for his "poetic sense of sound, bold artistic vision and brilliant virtuoso skills, entirely at the service of the works he performs" (Nikolaus Frey, Fuldaer Zeitung). Josu De Solaun is a citizen of both Spain and the United States, and he earned his PhD from the Manhattan School of Music.

    His two primary musical mentors in New York were the pianists Nina Svetlanova (a student of Heinrich Neuhaus) and Horacio Gutiérrez.

    Josu De Solaun is a winner of the First Prize of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition, the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition and the First Piano Competition of the European Union. He is an extraordinarily prolific pianist-composer and performs in many of the most prestigious venues globally as a concert soloist with orchestras. In addition, he performs as a chamber musician, recitalist and improviser. He is also a published poet.

    Antonio Ortíz
    Principal Professor Antonio Ortíz

    Principal Professor

    Antonio Ortíz

    Currently Professor of Piano at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málaga, Antonio Ortiz combines teaching with his concert activity, regularly being invited to participate in renowned national and international venues.

    He studied with masters such as Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martínez Mehner at the "Reina Sofía" Higher School of Music in Madrid, Josep María Colom at the University of Alcalá, Marie Françoise Buquet in Paris and José Felipe Díaz at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Malaga.

    Antonio Ortiz has performed concerts with leading Spanish orchestras such as the Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Aldo Ceccato, Bruno Aprea, Fusao Kajima, Pablo Mielgo, Manuel Hernández-Silva, Roselín Pabón and Blanca Trabalón. He has won prizes in the contests "Manuel de Falla" and "José Roca" and made different recordings for TVE and Radio Clásica of RNE.

    Requirements of

    Admission and Enrolment

    The Galamian International Academy carries out the admission and enrolment process for students entering the academy for the first time via the academy's website throughout the year. Here you will also find frequently asked questions.


    The Reina Nilsen Foundation offers a reduction in enrolment costs for deserving and exceptionally motivated students - placing particular value on the family's economic situation - of up to 50% of the total enrolment cost.

    The academy will carry out the request for this reduction in enrolment once the applicant passes the audition for access.

    Upon registration, the Reina Nilsen Foundation will value your request with the Galamian International Academy panel. The academy will communicate any reduction and amount to the student before starting the course in September 2022.

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    Internship Programs

    The Galamian International Academy offers a significant reduction in enrolment fees for those students who wish to participate in any Internship Programs.

    Students must pass an interview with part of the AIG team to be part of these programs. Spaces for these programs will be limited. The Academy prioritizes students with greater seniority or those who have passed the access auditions during the face-to-face phase in July 2022.

    The Academy will advise students who have passed the July 2022 auditions of the offered specialty programs to those interested in participating.

    Previous specialty programs

    • Practice Repertorists – dedicated to practices as accompanists of the Piano Study

    • Logistics and show production

    • Event planning and scheduling

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    Awarding of Title

    The educational programs of the Galamian International Academy (GIA) are divided into three ranks, depending on the age and level of the student: Pre-college, Bachelor and Master.

    Participation in one of these educational ranks will be determined by the Academy jury in the applicant's access audition, considering their age, academic background and interpretive level.

    The GIA offers its degree for students who pass one of these programs in the opinion of their principal teachers.

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    Frequently asked questions