José Antonio Jiménez Puerma

José Antonio Jiménez Puerma

Born in Linares (Spain) in 2000. Since 2018, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Unidad Editorial Double Bass Chair with professor Duncan McTier. He has been granted scholarships by Grupo Planeta and Fundación Albéniz.

He began his double bass studies at the age of eight at the Andrés Segovia Conservatory with professor Cristóbal Sanz. In 2012 he furthered his training at the María de Molina Conservatory with Juan Jaime Ruiz. At the same time, he received classes from Lucian Ciorata at the Barenboim-Said Foundation. He has attended masterclasses by Antonio García Araque, Lucian Ciorata, Frano Kakarigi, Jorge Muñoz, Janne Saksala, Matthew McDonald, among others. In 2017 he was awarded first prize at the María de Molina Young Performers Competition in Úbeda and performed as soloist in the international festival of Music and Dance of the same city. He has also participated with the 1875 Linares Music Group at the International Band Competition, held at Valencia’s Palau de la Música.

He has been part of the Jaén Choir and Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Southern Spain and the Youth Orchestra of Andalucía. In 2019 he was selected by the European Union Youth Orchestra to take part in its spring and summer tours, under the baton of Vasily Petrenko and Stéphane Déneve, which led him to perform in several Austrian and Italian cities, in Muscat (Oman), in Saarbrücken, at Luxembourg’s Grand Auditorium Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Hamburg’s Elbphilarmonie. He has been conducted by Manuel Hernández Silva, Pablo González, Alejandro Posada, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Axelrod and Joseph Swensen.

As a student of the School, he has been part of the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Péter Eötvös. He has been a member of the Unidad Editorial Bottesini Double Bass Quintet and is currently part of the Unidad Editorial Bottesini Double Bass Quartet.