Over 20 years of teaching experience, including 16 years as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. I can teach several subjects including piano, harmony, composition, music technology and conducting.
I am an American composer, pianist and conductor born in Venezuela, where I began my musical training. Continuing my studies in the United States, I earned two Bachelor’s of music degrees in composition and piano from Indiana University, and a Master’s degree in conducting from Rice University.
My compositions have been selected for performance at major international festivals, such as the Seattle Symphony's Viva la Música Festival; the American Composers Orchestra Festival of Venezuelan Music at Weill Recital Hall in New York; the II Congreso Puertorriqueño de Creación Musical in San Juan; the XVII Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez in Mexico City; the XV, XVI, XI and VIII Festival Latinoamericano de Música in Caracas, Venezuela; the 38th, 37th, 35th, 32nd and 29th Annual National Flute Association Conventions; the Gala Concert of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Classes at Carnegie Mellon University and the Juilliard School in New York, and in Boston at the Modern Orchestra Project recital series.
In 2004, I received a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. I was also a Meet The Composer Composer-in-Residence with Gateway to the Arts, WQED-FM, Renaissance City Wind Music Society and Shaler School District from September of 2001 to September 2004, which was made possible by Meet The Composer, Inc. and its New Residencies program. My music has been performed by numerous ensembles, including the Orquesta Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, the Point Chamber Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Estado de Veracruz, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Dali Quartet, the Madison String Quartet, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the IonSound Project, as well as the Carnegie Mellon University and the Duquesne University Contemporary Ensembles, among several others. My work has also been included in the Sewickley Bachfest, the Shadyside Concert Series and the Renaissance City Winds concert series. My opera premiered as part of the First Night celebrations in Pittsburgh as a collaborative multimedia performance for tape, live performers, and edited video projection, sponsored by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Heinz Endowment.
My debut CD was released on June 1, 2001. In 2004, Albany Records released the two-cello version of Silent Conversations in a CD entitled Zoo of Dreams, featuring the Amici Chamber Players. My two chamber operas were also released by Albany Records in 2009 receiving excellent reviews by the American Record Guide, Fanfare Magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine.
I am the founder and Music Director of an orchestra, which made its debut performance during the summer of 2006 with a tour of seven concerts in Italy, performing in venues such as the Fenice Theater in Venice, the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the Parco della Musica in Rome. In the Spring of 2010 I was selected to be one of the seven composers to be part of American Composers’ Forum New Voices with International Opera Theater resulting in the collaborate opera The Decameron, which premiered in November of 2010.
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