My motivation and inspiration

I have the privilege to devote my life to my passion and vocation: music, cello, and, avobe all, teaching. To be in touch with my students, all different from each other but unique at the same time, enriches me as a pedagogue; to witness and to contribute to their growth as musicians and persons is my inspiration and motivation to be better every day. If you want to take a closer look, this is my curriculum


Born in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1973 Mr.Palao, starts playing the cello at the age of nine, under the guidance of the prestigious pedagogue and former Fournier, Minardi and Starker student María de Macedo in Madrid, Spain. From 1989 to 1992  he studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Professor Marion Feldman and chamber music with Michael Rudiakov, obtaining top grades in both disciplines. In 1991 he is awarded a prize at a competition and therefore selected by the Associated Teachers League of New York to participate in the in the 56th Young Artists Concert at the Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall. Back in Spain, he is during three years a member of  the Madrid Cello Ensemble, directed by the spanish cellist and professor Elías Arizcuren, touring Spain and participating in concerts broadcasted in RTVE and RNE. He is an active participant in several courses, festivals and masterclasess (Holland Music Sessions, Academie Ravel, etc.) in England, France, Denmark, Spain and Holland, receiving lessons from world famous teachers as Marçal Cervera, Lluís Claret, Colin Carr, Dimitri Ferschtman, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, or Wolfgang Boettcher among others. In the following years he completes his studies with the world acclaimed concert artist Gary Hoffman. Mr. Palao has been a founding member of several chamber music ensembles like the Alberti Piano Trio or  the Arima string quartet, with which he tours Spain, France, Netherlands and Latin America. As a member of this groups he receives lessons from members of famous ensembles like Trio de Barcelona, and Aeolian (Emmanuel Hurwitz), Endellion or Fine Arts quartets, among others. Since 2005 he is a founding member of the Alberti  piano trio, with which he has played concerts in Spain, Italy and France. He is also a founding member since 2006 of “Aula 13”, a grand ensemble for contemporary music, performing works by Messiaen, Crumb, Bogdanovich, etc. As a cellist he has performed in numerous recitals in Spain, France, Italy and Mexico, recently including the complete Bach suites for solo cello cycle.

Mr. Palao plays a B. Banks cello from 1775 and another cello by the prestigious maker Wolfang Schnabl, commissioned in 2006, and a bow by the world acclaimed bowmaker Yannick LeCanu. Mr. Palao has a bachelor degree in Art History at the University of Madrid (UAM). 

At present

Presently, he is titular professor at the professional conservatory “Joaquín Turina” in Madrid. He has also been invited to teach courses and masterclasses in various courses and festivals in Spain such as “Martín Códax” or “Mieres Cello Encounters”, as well as abroad, such as the Greenwood music course in Massachusetts, USA .
Since 2014, he is the artistic director of the Cfest International Festival of Cello in Mexico.
His students have received various awards, prizes in contests and prestigious scholarships; Have performed as soloists with different orchestras and have been soloists or members of several young orchestras (Young Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, Young National Orchestra of Spain, etc.). His students have also been admitted to some of the world’s most prestigious centers of study such as the Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University), Boston Conservatory, Interlochen School or Arts, Amsterdam Higher Conservatory, Royal Academy of London, Royal College of London, Trinity College of Music, etc.

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