José PABLO QUESADA
Instructor in Musicology
José Pablo Quesada, pianist and pedagogue, is the Operations Manager for PianoTexas International Academy and Festival. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Piano Performance with cognate in Music Theory at Texas Christian University (TCU). Mr. Quesada combines his studies with a busy teaching schedule at TCU and National University of Costa Rica.
The unusual beginning of his piano career has been a great surprise for many audiences starting his very first lessons at the age of 16. After earning his BM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, he moved to Fort Worth to pursue a MM in Piano Performance with full scholarship with Dr. Tamas Ungar at TCU.
Mr. Quesada is also an international active Concert Pianist. His debut with the Millennium Orchestra (Guatemala) performing Mozart’s D-minor Concerto, opened the door for many other future engagements with orchestras in Latin-America including: Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela), Venezuela National Philharmonic Orchestra, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, Funza Wind Symphony (Colombia), National University Symphony Orchestra (Costa Rica), Cartago Symphony Orchestra (Cost Rica), and Heredia Symphony Orchestra (Costa Rica).
During his short artistic career, Quesada has performed numerous solo recitals and Master Classes in USA, Italy, France, Hungary, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic among others. He has been invited to perform twice at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and also has been an active interpreter of new music, performing and recording the world premiere of several compositions for piano and orchestra, piano solo and chamber music.
Mr. Quesada has been awarded with several international piano competitions and awards such as the American Protégé International Strings and Piano Competition, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival, PKL Honors Audition Competition, Piano Competition for Ibero-American Pianists, Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), F. Howard and Mary D. Walsh Graduate Piano Scholarship, and the Judith Solomon Award in Vocal Accompanying.
BM- National University of Costa Rica
MM- Texas Christian University