RUBÉN MENDOZA, violin
He was born in Huelva (Spain) in 1989. He began his musical studies at the age of eight in the Conservatorio Professional Cristóbal Morales (Seville). At the same time he received private classes from Tamara Bektemirova and Biao Xue, from the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville. Since 2005 he has been studying in the Escuela Superior Reina Sofía, in the faculty of Telefónica Violin with Zakhar Bron. He has a grant from Grupo Barceló. In 2013 and 2016 he received the Diploma as the most outstanding student of his faculty from Her Majesty Queen Sofía. He has received Master Classes from Gyorgy Pauk, Ralf Góthoni, Eszter Perényi, Menahem Pressler, Ana and Nikolas Chumachenco, Walter Levin or Mauricio Fuks, among others. He has attended specialisation courses in France, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland. In 2014 he participated in the Castleton Festival in Virginia (USA), directed by Lorin Maazel. At the age of fifteen he won third prize in the Intercentre National Competition in Madrid and in 2012 he was awarded first prize in the International Competition “Violines por la Paz”. He has won first prize in the Nacional de Cámera de Manresa (Barcelona) and the Internacional Ecoparque de Trasmiera (Cantabria) Competitions. He has been invited by the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, the State Orchestra of Athens, the Royal Symphonic of Seville and the Philharmonic of Malaga, and in 2002 he was selected as a member of the Youth Orchestra of Andalusia.
As a student he has been a member of the Freixenet Orchestra under the direction of Antoni Ros Marbà, Peter Csaba, Jesús López Cobos, Sir Colin Davis, Zubin Mehta and Peter Eötvös, and of the Camerata with Wolfam Christ and Gordon Nikolich. He has also obtained the Diploma of the most outstanding group with piano, which he received from Her Majesty Queen Sofía. He is currently a member of the Grupo Arriaga de Banco de España.