International soloist and timpani soloist for the Orquesta de Valencia. Javier Eguillor Valera was born in Xixona in 1975, where he began his musical studies. He continued his training at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Óscar Esplá de Alicante with professor Juan García Iborra. He studied for a further three years with the timpani soloist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Rainer Seegers, and one year in Monaco with the Monte Carlo Orchestra timpanist soloist Julian Bourgeois.
In 1990, he was invited by the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) to participate in the centenary of Carnegie Hall in New York. He joined said orchestra in 1991 and enjoyed permanent membership through 1995.
He later studied at the Jazz Creative School in Madrid with drummer Carlos Carli. He collaborated as a drummer in the film “Allegro ma non troppo” directed by Fernando Colomo and featuring actress Penélope Cruz.
In December 1995, he joined the World Orchestra under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin. In 1996, he was elected member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and toured though Europe. For the next four years he would tour Europe, China, Japan and Canada, performing in the most prestigious auditoriums such as the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Russia, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonie, Albert Hall in London, and Musikverein in Vienna, among others, under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Carlo Maria Giulini and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has performed with soloists such as Radu Lupu, Emanuel Ax, Maria Joao Pires, Sarah Chang, Daniel Barenboim, Joshua Bell and tenor Plácido Domingo.
In 1998, he was invited by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to perform two concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the music festivals in Santander and San Sebastián under the direction of maestro Zubin Mehta.
In 2002, he joined the Orquesta de Valencia as timpani soloist through public competition, with whom he would perform Concierto para percusión by André Jolivet as soloist in 2004 and give the Spanish premiere of Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Philip Glass in 2012. He gave that concert with Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa in 2014 and in 2015 with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has participated in the pop world with artists like Miguel Bosé, Joan Manuel Serrat and flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo.
He is regularly invited to teach as a professor for the youth orchestras of Spain, Catalonia and Madrid, as well as the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and to give master classes in conservatories throughout Spain, France and Argentina.
He currently plays as timpanist for the Orquesta de Valencia and Orquesta Dissonances, led by David Grimal, as well as with Bandart, led by Gordan Nikolic. He frequently collaborates and travels as a timpani soloist with Spanish and European orchestras, performing concertos for solo timpani and orchestra.