Despite his youth, Antonio Méndez has already had great success with such orchestras as the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Wiener Symphoniker. In 2013 Méndez made his North American debut at the invitation of Lorin Maazel when he conducted acclaimed performances of La Voix humaine by Poulenc at the Castleton Festival; he made his US symphonic debut conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2013.
Méndez was born in 1984 in Palma de Mallorca and began his musical studies at the Conservatori Professional de Música de Mallorca in piano and violin. He also attended the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid to study composition and conducting. Since 2007 he has lived in Germany, where he completed his conducting training at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Professor Lutz Köhler, as a member of the Dirigentenforum (Conductor's Forum) of the German Music Council, and at the Hochschule für Musik 'Franz Liszt' Weimar with Professor Nicolás Pasquet. Méndez first attracted international attention as a prizewinner in the prestigious Malko Competition in Copenhagen in 2012 and as a finalist in the 2013 Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award.
« Avec le Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ingrid Fliter et Antonio Mendez nous emmènent dans une interprétation chambriste, associant volontiers luminosité, grâce et délicatesse. La virtuosité sans failles de la pianiste est au service du matériau sonore et des nombreuses dynamiques. » / 'With the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ingrid Fliter and Antonio Mendez capture a chamber interpretation which combines luminosity, grace and delicacy. The flawless virtuosity of the the pianist is at the service of the sound material and its many dynamics.'more >>Piano
'Das ist eine wirklich grandiose Einspielung!'more >>American Record Guide
'I find it very mature, extremely beautiful, and expressive...'more >>Audiophile Audition
'...Ingrid Fliter's performance can hold its own among the best I've heard.'more >>Irish Times
'There's something really invigorating about Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter's approach to these two staples of the 19th-century romantic piano repertoire.'more >>Pizzicato
„Halte ich dies für ein hervorragende Einspielung des Klavierkonzerts op. 54.“more >>BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
Disc of the Week: 'What really works for me is the Mendelssohn G minor Concerto with Fliter exchanging the prettiness of some performances for a more dynamic interpretation. And glittering finger-work that attracts some equally sparkling responses from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Lovely choices of tempo, the whole thing beautifully balanced.'more >>The Telegraph
'Fliter has the measure of the [Mendelssohn concerto]. The first movement has real fire; the finale bears a cheerful smile and sizzles with vitality; and the central, song-without-words, Andante, is played with heart-stopping tenderness and warmth.'more >>Gramophone
'The Mendelssohn concerto suits Fliter particularly well, and she’s alive to the impetuosity of the outer movements, as well as to the work’s more poetic elements. Fliter’s command of the drama is second to none…She seizes the music by the scruff of the neck.'BBC Music Magazine
'There's still room for something fresh to be said with this evergreen music…in both the Mendelssohn and Schumann, Fliter plays with tautness and energy, fitting hand-in-glove with the smaller chamber-orchestra forces of the SCO and drier recorded sound. Heartfelt and intelligent, this is life-enhancing music, and as a bonus there's The Fair Melusina Overture.'more >>Ming Pao Weekly
'full of energy' (review in Chinese)more >>Classic FM
Drive Discovery: 'The wait was worth it. She brilliantly tackles Schumann's shifting colours and technical demands head on, not for a moment compromising the work's lyricism. And she brings out all of Mendelssohn's melodic genius while deftly handling all of the work's demands on the virtuoso.'more >>Politiken
'albummet stærkt anbefales' / 'highly recommended'more >>AllMusic
'...a standout recording.'more >>