David Pagán is a Belgian-Spanish pianist and composer. He graduated under the tuition of William Peeters in the Music Academy of Willebroek, Antwerp in 1996 with a 98% mark and Medal of the mayor house.
In 2001 he won the first prize during the Musicologica piano competition in Leuven, Belgium. He also obtained the first prize for his interpretation of the compulsory work “Bachatelle” by composer Peter Swinnen. Since 2003 he has been studying in the Music Academy of Bornem under the tuition of Erwin De Bock, a pupil of Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger, with who he took master classes in Waldkirch, Germany in 2011.
He loves performing for his faithful audiences year after year. A special mention goes to a piano recital he gave in 2013 in Mozarte, Quito, Ecuador including his own compositions. Last summer he played in La Encarnación, the oldest hotel of Spain on the beach (1904) for a select audience of 100 people in an open patio.
Currently he studies piano with Prof. Irene Russo and Prof. Joop Celis, and composition with Prof. Jeroen D’hoe.
As a composer he won the Best Soundtrack award at Ciné Public Festival (Belgium, 2009) for the movie El camino del deseo by Eva Cools (his sister). Many of his compositions blend Spanish folklore with contemporary techniques and styles, i.e. Danza, Escena en la plaza de toros.
As a qualified theoretical psychologist he also loves doing research. In 2003 he published an empirical research about the pedagogical relationship between piano teacher and pupil stating: “Pianists are also sportsmen!”. At the moment he is working on a paper regarding the transcendental execution of Vision, the sixth Transcendental Etude of Franz Liszt. Publication is expected by September 2018.
Photo credits: Octavian Carare
Photos venue: Castle d’Ursel