Alex Villanueva was born in 1992 in Pamplona, Spain, to a family of musicians. He started his first piano lessons at the age of 6 with Adela Martín. At the age of 10 he won the first prize in the San Sebastian International Competition. From age 13 to 16 he studied under the tutelage of Carlota Garriga at the prestigious Granados-Marshall Academy in Barcelona, where he had close contacts with the great Alicia de Larrocha, from whom he received encouragement and teaching that led him to a master in Spanish Music.
Between the ages of 15 and 18, he studied with Galina Eguiazarova, a teacher at the Reina Sofía Music School, who taught the famous Arcadi Volodos. At the age of 15 he also participated in specialized courses in Lucena – Córdoba by Alexander Kandelaki, Claudio Martínez Mehner and Blanca Uribe, among others. A year later he won the Pablo Sarasate Conservatory contest in Pamplona.
At age 20 he moved to Barcelona to complete his studies at the Catalonia College of Music under the tutelage of Eulalia Solé, a disciple of Alicia de Larrocha. He was then selected for the advanced studies with Pavel Egorov at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of St. Petersburg.
Alex’s concert performances cover a wide repertoire that includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Soler, Albéniz, Granados and Debussy among many other composers of important theaters in Spain, as well as in Russia, Switzerland, Germany, UK, France, and Italy.