First Notes

I was ten years old when I performed my first piano concerto. I remember I met the orchestra and conductor while they were on a tour in my hometown (the first time I heard a symphony orchestra).  I approached them backstage and told them I was a musician and wanted to perform with them. Their conductor Maria Cortinas, who was very well known in Mexico, was kind to follow up with me and grant me an audition a few days later. I played a Mozart sonata and was offered a performance date on the spot. 

Taking Flight

I was 16 when I attended the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute. This experience brought together some of the world's top young musicians, many of which have gone on to enjoy international careers. I was a winner of the "Concerto" Competition which afforded me the opportunity perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Ian Hobson.  This was my first introduction to Texas Christian University and to Tamas Ungar--the teacher that was to become my mentor for years to come. 

Sharing the Music

One of my most memorable performances was at the Dame Myra Hess Concert series in Chicago in 2009. The concert  took place in Chicago's beautiful Cultural Center and was broadcasted live on WFMT, Chicago's classical radio station. This was not first time I had played for radio but this was certainly a high profile performance opportunity. This January day was one of the coldest in Chicago but the audience's warmth was palpable. 

Inside the Scores

In 2012 I earned my Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). I became the first student to obtain such degree in the school's history and planted the seed for the creation of a new student symphony orchestra which continues to flourish to this day. During this time I worked with conductor Peter Dabrowski among other mentors who supported me throughout my advanced studies. 

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