Obituary: Conductor & Pianist Luis Izquierdo Passes at 91

By David Salazar

Conductor, pianist, and composer Luis Izquierdo has passed away. He was 91. 

Born in La Coruña, Spain in 1931, he was a renowned pianist who debuted at 15. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid where he won two major prizes, the Premio Extraordinario and the Primer Premio de Virtuosismo de Piano.

From there, he became a professor of accompaniment between 1952-59, before studying conducting under Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and Gerhard Wimberger in Salzburg. He graduated as a Kapellmeister at the Mozarteum.

He returned to being a professor of Piano at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Seville and then became the director of the Asociación Coral de Sevilla, a post he would hold until 1971.

Starting in 1964, he became the conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Sevilla until 1990.

He had a varied repertoire, interpreting works of Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Telemann, Pergolesi, Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, and Donizetti, among many others. Per El Correo de Andalucía, he conducted almost every single Spanish orchestra and over 800 works in his lifetime. He was also a champion of developing cultural life in Seville, constantly programming major soloists during the height of his performance career between 1965-90.