Professor at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts at the University “Alfonso X el Sabio” (Madrid). Professor in the Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburg and Professor for 13 years in the Conservatorio Superior of Castellón.
Academic Member of the “Academia de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungría”, in Seville (Spain). He worked as “teacher in residence” in the University of Music in San Juan – Puerto Rico, advising the department of piano.
Born in Cuba, is a Spanish citizen and lives in Spain since 1991.
He graduated from the University of Havana under the tutelage of Frank Fernandez, a student of Victor Merzhanov, which itself was a disciple of Feinberg, so he follows the traditional Russian school.
First Prize in the Guerrero Foundation International Piano Competition (Madrid). Second Prize at Jaén International Piano Competition and Prizes to: “Best Interpretation Contemporary Music” and the “Best Interpretation of Spanish Music, Rosa Sabater Prize”.
First Prize in the International Piano Competition “Ciudad de Manresa” (Spain).
Second Prize at International Piano Competition “Cidade Do Porto” in Porto, Portugal. Grand Prize to the Best Concert Soloist of Korea, First Prize in the International Piano Competition “Teresa Carreño” in Venezuela. Prize whit Distinzione in the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Aosta – Italy, Prize Sommerakademie Mozarteum of Salzburgo…
He’s considered as one of the best interpreters of Beethoven… Leonel knows him very deeply and it shows when it comes to the transmission of feelings. There can be different tastes, but I personally think that is the best performer of this author I’ve ever heard. (EL País, Jesús Orera)
One of the pianists worldwide that has turned interpreting during two consecutive nights the integral of the concerts for piano and orchestra of Rachmaninov including the Rhapsody on a Paganini’s Theme.
Prize “Cabaion D’Oro 2013” (Verona) and Prize “Tasto D´Argento 2008” (Alexandria) in Italy because of his consolidate international career.
In 2001, he turned with the National Orchestra of Spain for the USA under the direction of the Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos organized by Columbia Artists obtaining a great success in the Angels, New Jersey, Dallas, Houston, Washington (Kennedy Concert Hall)… extraordinary interpretation and great power. (WASHINGTON POST).
…Undoubtedly Morales is a pianist of great virtuosity, trust, efficiency but of big naturalness and without big gestures (CLASSICAL MUSIC REVIEW)
His second tour of 23 concerts on the best halls of USA in 2006, he obtained a spectacular success playing the Concert number 1 by Tchaikovsky and the Concert number 3 by Rachmaninov with the Symphonic Orchestra of the state of Mexico under the conduction of Enrique Bátiz.
…His incredible Concert of Tchaikovsky created an instantaneous ovation. “Hero of the day”. (Palm Beach Post).
In the Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall of New York… Impressively clean and nice structured Sonata Op. 101 of Beethoven …His marvellous Petrouska made tremble the audience. (Harris Goldsmith, NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW)
Once again in 2010, the critical named him as “the hero” in the concert tour of Germany in halls such as “Beethovensaal” in Stuttgart, “BASF-Feierabendhaus” in Ludwigshafen with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra playing the Concert n. 1 by F. Chopin.
…The Spanish pianist with Cuban origin, was the hero of the night, with his enormous technique achieved the magic in every note with facility. He played the piano with elegance, discipline and intelligence. After the frantic applause, Morales offered three pieces out of the program: “Malagueña” from Ernesto Lecuona. “Danza” from Ignacio Cervantes and one waltz from Chopin in which he showed again his brilliant technique. (Die Rheinpfalz)
He is invited to be part of jury at major International Piano Competitions.
In Italy: CHOPIN (Rome), SALA GALLO (Monza), POZZOLI (Seregno), CITTÀ DE MARSALLA, AMA CALABRIA, MENDELSSOHN, LUCIANO GANTE. In Spain: CIUDAD DE FERROL, JOAQUÍN RODRIGO and A. GARCÍA ABRIL. In Germany: AMADEO (Aachen) and NEUE STERNE (Wernigerode). ANDORRA, OPORTO, PARNASSOS (Mexico) and JEAN FRANÇAIS (Paris).
He was President of the competitions CAMPILLOS (Málaga) and SCRIABIN (Grosseto), AMA CALABRIA, CANTÚ and VALSESIA in Italy.
He and his wife are the founders of International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers” held annually in Las Rozas de Madrid, International Piano Competition “Maria Herrero” has its annual meeting in July in Granada, International Piano Festival Masterclss “Leonel Morales” and International Piano Course for Children-Teenagers, which is also developed in July in Granada.
Morales offers Master Classes in Korea, Italy, Mexico… in the USA, in the Festival Steinway of the University of Florida and Houston (Texas).
He also runs successful courses in which he analyses and interprets the 32 Beethoven Sonatas.
Many of his pupils have been award winners at national and international competitions like Iturbi, Ferrol, Valsesia, Parnassós, Pretoria, Scriabin, Flechilla-Zuloaga, etc.
Xavier Montsalvatge – Piano Concerto “Concierto Breve” performed with Madrid Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbá. Live Recording in the National Auditorium of Music, Madrid. Record Label: Marco Polo. (Awarded for Best Disco Recording of Classical Music of year 1994)
Double CD album. Integral with the Piano Concertos of Anton Garcia Abril performed with the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra. Conductor: Enrique García Asensio.
Live recording from the Teatro Monumental in Madrid. Record Label: RTVE.
Double CD album. Integral of the Solo piano works of Antón García Abril.
Record Label: SGAE
“Álbum Regio”, of Vicente Díaz de Comas, Spanish-Cuban composer of XIXth century dedicated to Queen Isabel II of Spain. Record Label: SGAE
Sergey Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto nº 2 performed with “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau. Conductor: Ovidiu Balan. Live recording in the Settimane Pianistiche Internazionali in Monnferato. Record Label: Piano Ecos
CD “Popular Classics”. Record Label: RTVE. Recording of famous work like “Moonlight” of L. van Beethoven, “Dreams of love” of F. Liszt etc.
This Commercial-CD was bestseller.
Double CD album. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Piano Concerto nr.3 of Rachmaninov performed with the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. Conductor: Enrique Batiz. Live Recording in the Auditorio de Zaragoza.
Next CD. Edition of the Concert performed live in the Auditorio de Zaragoza with works of L. van Beethoven – Sonata Op.53 and Op.101, F. Chopin – Sonata No. 3 Op.58 and Petrouska – I.Stravinsky
Morales’ ability and virtuosity have frequently been shown during his concert performances with the Spanish National Orchestra, Spanish Radio and TV Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic of Galicia, Symphonic Orchestra of Bilbao, Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga, Symphonic Orchestra of Tenerife, Symphonic Orchestra of Murcia, the Symphonic Orchestra of Hamburg, Portuguese, Frankfurt-Oder Orchestra, RAI National Orchestra of Turin, Adana, Istanbul and Ankara Symphonic Orchestras of Turkey, Virtuosos Orchestra of Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonic Warsaw Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bergen, Symphonic Orchestra of Ljubljana…where he has shown us his capacity as soloist, conducted by major Spanish and International known conductors as: Frühbeck de Burgos, Cristobal Halffter, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Juanjo Mena, Pedro Halffter, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Manuel Galduf, Enrique García Asensio, Antoni Ros Marbá, Max Valdés, Tania León, Michael Jurowski, George Pehlivanian, Alexander Rahbari, Marc Tardue, Jacques Mercier, Adrian Leaper, George Pehlivaniam, Alexander Rahbari, Jacques Mercier, Adrian Leaper, Ovidiu Balan, Franz Krager, John Bae, Emin Güven Yasliçam, Jiri Malat, Enrique Bátiz, Marzio Conti, Yaron Traub, Pavel Baleff, Joel Revzen, En Schao, Antoni Wit…