Jorge Giménez Cerdó

Jorge Giménez was born in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, in 2001. He began his cello studies at the age of four with Patxi de la Asunción, in Palma, and in 2012, entered the Conservatorio Profesional de Música y Danza Islas Baleares.

He studied for a Bachelor's degree in cello performance at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de las Islas Baleares, Spain with Professor Emmanuel Bleuse. He graduated in June 2019 and received the Extraordinary End of Degree Award. From August of 2019 to May of 2021 he studied with the prestigious cellist Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. He graduated in May of 2021 and received the James Winship Lewis Memorial Prize in Performance “for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the musical and educational life at Peabody''. During his time at Peabody Institute, he was granted the “Excellence in Music Leadership Full Scholarship” from Johns Hopkins University. In 2011 he began to take classes regularly with Professor Maria de Macedo in Madrid, until 2019.

He has participated several times in the courses of the Franz Schubert Foundation, in Porto, Portugal, with professors Lluis Claret, Amit Peled, Claudio Bohorquez, and Marc Coppey. He also attended the week-long cello forum CelloMad 2015, in Madrid, with Jens Peter Maintz; in 2016, Troels Svanne, and in ''CelloLeón 2017'', in León, with Amit Peled. He has taken masterclasses with Gary Hoffman in Madrid and Lisbon, at the “Verao Classico” course, where he also has had masterclasses with Adrian Brendel in 2018 and with Frans Helmerson in 2020. In 2020 he has received masterclasses from Cecylia Barczyk, Emmanuel Feldman, and Alban Gerhardt at Peabody Institute.Awards.

In 2013 he won the national competition for cello Jaime Dobato Benavente category C; In 2015 he won the soloist competition of the Professional Conservatory of the Balearic Islands; In 2017 he won the soloist competition of the Superior Conservatory of the Balearic Islands; In 2019 Juventudes Musicales de Madrid Scholarship award; In December of 2020 he won the 1st prize at Mount Vernon Virtuosi Cello Competition and the 1st place Cello at KPIMC; In 2021 he has won the 2nd prize at the “Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competiton 2021” and the 2nd prize at Park Na competition for violin and cello.Performance experience.

In 2015 he performed Haydn Cello Concerto in C as a soloist with “Orquestra Sinfónica del Conservatori Professional de les Illes Balears”. He performed as a soloist in 2017 with “Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears” the Haydn in D concerto. In 2018 as a soloist with “Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears” he performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto. In 2018 and 2019 he performed in the European Music Foundation Stringsfest Festival and ¨Enrique Granados¨ Festival. In 2018, 2019, and 2021 he has performed in the Deia International Music Festival. From 2017 to 2019 he performed regularly as a scholar in the Orquestra Simfònica de les Illes Balears . In May of 2021, he performed in the U.S. with the Mount Vernon Virtuosi orchestra. In December of 2021, he will perform as a soloist the concerto in D by J. Haydn with this formation.

Renowned artists he has collaborated with are Krzysztof Penderecki, Marin Alsop, Amit Peled, Asier Polo, Josep Colom, Chee-Yun Kim, Emanuel Pahud, Vasko Vasilev, Mikhail Zemtsov, Gilles Apap, Jean-Pierre Lecaudey, Jesse Malin, Benjamin Schmid, Daniel Röhn, among others.


Registered program for the 50th IJMC Belgrade:


A) J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, Prelude & Fugue and Gigue
B) C. A. Piatti: Caprice for Solo Cello, op. 25, No. 7
C) G. Cassadó: Suite for Solo Cello, 1. and 3. mov.


A) F. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821
B) O. Respighi: Adagio con Variazioni
C) A. Vujić: ''Serbian Round Dance'' for Cello and Piano
D) N. Borenstein: Odysseus op. 87 for violoncello and piano


A) S. Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto in E minor, op. 125