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Originally from … Bogotá, Colombia; in Arizona since January 2006.

Work: Classical solo piano artist; collaborative pianist; piano teacher at the Herberger Community School for the Arts.

Education: Working on Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Piano Performance at Arizona State University; earned master’s degree from ASU and bachelor’s degree from Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Bogotá).

Describe your work: I am a pianist and composer  with special admiration for the music of Latin America, Bach, Chopin, Bartók, Ligeti and other contemporary composers.

Original works: Tarde de Toros for soprano and piano; Dynamo for string quartet, with plans to complete a concerto for trumpet, piano and string orchestra by 2011.

Influences: Alberto Ginastera, Béla Bartók, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Steve Reich and György Ligeti.

What is it about the piano? The great thing about the piano is that you can imitate an orchestra with many simultaneous lines. Look at the piano sonatas of Beethoven – it’s all orchestral writing!

When I look to the future … I plan to become a musical and cultural ambassador of my country, Colombia, by creating music that can speak to a citizen of any part of the world. Music speaks for its people, for its roots. As a performer, I want to become a concert pianist with a special emphasis on 20th-century, contemporary and Latin American music. One day I’d also like to conduct my own works.

First song you learned: Probably Für Elise on an electronic keyboard.

Past performances: ASU Symphony Orchestra; North Valley Chamber Orchestra (Ariz.); National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba; National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia; Filarmónica del Valle (Cali, Colombia); Corpas Symphony Orchestra (Bogotá, Colombia); National Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (Colombia), and Tolima Symphony Orchestra.

Accolades: First Prize – Kingsville Isabel Scionti International Piano Solo Competition in Kingsville, Texas; First Prize – First National Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Bogotá, Colombia; Finalist – III Ignacio Cervantes International Piano Competition in Havana, Cuba; Best Latin American pianist – III Concurso Internacional Ciudad de Panamá in Panamá; Best Arizona Pianist- III USASU International Piano Competition in Tempe, Arizona.

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