Dr Rafael Salinas was born in Valencia in 1971. He studied psychology in the University of Valencia and piano in the Conservatory of Valencia. He continued his post-graduate studies in the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory (Russia). There, he became a Doctor in Art Sciences (Ph. D.) and Doctor in Musical Arts (D.M.A)

In Saint Petersburg, Rafael studied with such important professors as L.N.Sintsev (piano), Ilya Musin (orchestra conducting), L. Zhafran (chamber music) and L.Gakkel (musicology). He also attended masterclasses from maestros such as Joquin Achucarro, Victor Merzhanov, Nathan Perelmann or Joaquin Soriano among others.

Being interested in specialized music education (gifted and talented children) Professor Rafael Salinas carefully studies the experience of such centres as Specialized Music School in Saint Petersburg or Purcell School in London and participated in many international conferences dedicated to this subject. He was also a member of the European Council for High Ability. He is currently director of Escola Sant Gregori in Barcelona, designing a Junior Department.

Rafael is the author of a number of articles published in specialized research magazines as well as a biography on the eminent Spanish pianist Luis Galve (1908-1995). On repeated occasions Dr Salinas was invited as a jury member to national and international competitions.

He has, for some time, combined teaching with performing. Rafael plays in concert halls of Spain and Europe both solo and with orchestra. Many of his students have won prizes in International competitions. He has a been teacher in the University Jaume I in Castello (Valencia) and currently he is a lecturer on Theory of Musical Performance and a Piano Teacher in the Superior School of Music of Catalunya (Esmuc). Professor Salinas was a Head of Academic Studies in this institution between 2005 and 2009.

Dr Rafael Salinas