Nicanor Zabaleta

Harpist. Born 7 January 1907. Died 1 April 1993
Nicanor Zabaleta
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1907-01-07
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Nicanor Zabaleta

Nicanor Zabaleta Biography (Wikipedia)

Nicanor Zabaleta (January 7, 1907 – March 31, 1993) was a Spanish harpist.

Zabaleta was born in San Sebastián, Spain, on January 7, 1907. In 1914 his father, an amateur musician, bought him a harp in an antique shop. He soon began taking lessons from Vincenta Tormo de Calvo (Madrid Conservatory faculty) and Luisa Menarguez. In 1925 he began studies in Paris, where his teachers were Marcel Tournier and Jacqueline Borot. In 1926, in Paris, he made his own official concert debut. Then he travelled to the U.S. and there, on July 5, 1934 he made his North America debut in New York City. At a concert in Puerto Rico in 1950 he met Graziela and they were married in 1952. They relocated to Spain and Zabaleta began touring Europe. During the years of 1959–1962 he led a harp class on Accademia Musicale Chigiana courses in Siena.

He performed mainly music of the 18th century, and also ancient and modern music. People who composed for him include Alberto Ginastera, Darius Milhaud, Xavier Montsalvatge, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Walter Piston, Ernst Krenek, Joaquín Rodrigo. Josef Tal's Concerto for Harp and Electronics was commissioned by Zabaleta in 1971, and premiered by him in Munich the same year. It is estimated that Zabaleta sold nearly three million records.

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Past BBC Events

Proms 1959: Prom 38
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4vq2m
Royal Albert Hall
1959-09-07T12:01:05
7
Sep
1959

Proms 1959: Prom 38

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1956: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1956
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4fmxj
Royal Albert Hall
1956-07-21T12:01:05
21
Jul
1956

Proms 1956: Prom 01 - First Night of the Proms 1956

Royal Albert Hall

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