I was born and raised in Mexico City. Born into a musical family, I began playing the piano at age four at first by imitating my mother’s own playing. Although the primary focus of my career has been performance of western art music, having performed in Mexico, the United States, Spain and France, I have dedicated a significant amount of time over the years to writing music. Over the past ten years, the focus of my creative output has been writing for voice. I enrolled in the National School of Music in Mexico City at age seventeen as a double major in piano performance and composition. On one occasion in 1999 one of my songs earned international recognition: During the 2000 John Lennon Song Writing Contest the ballad / duet “Dejame Sentir” took second place in the Latin Music category.
In 1989 I earned a scholarship to pursue further piano studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I earned a Masters degree. A few years later I was accepted into the doctoral program of the Eastman School in Rochester, New York where I obtained the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance in 2000. My teachers include Luz Maria Puente, Luis Alfonso Estrada, Irene Schreier and Steve Laitz.
Besides writing and performing, my schedule also includes teaching full time at Modesto Junior College, an outstanding two-year college in Northern California where I am in charge of the Piano Program.
I have done a significant amount of work in the fields of recording and music production having collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists such as Puerto Rican guitarist Eladio Scharron, and South American eclectic jazz quartet Quijerema. In 1995 I recorded piano music by legendary Mexican composer José Sabre Marroquin for RCA / BMG. I happen to be his grandson.
I have been a strong advocate for the arts and Latino interests in this country, and have served on the board of directors of the recently inaugurated Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, California for five years.
I recently completed a Sabbatical leave in Boston, MA where I pursued further studies in Contemporary Writing and Production at the Berklee College of Music.
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