Carlos Quesada González

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Carlos Quesada González was born in Costa Rica and began playing piano at the age of twelve at the Instituto Superior de Artes with Alexander Sklioutovski, Ludmila Melzer and Luis Monge. In 2003 he went to Switzerland to continue his studies at the Conservatoire Neuchâtelois with Jorge Pepi and Marc Pantillon, where he obtained a Diploma in Instrumental Performance and a Diploma in Instrumental Teaching.

In 2008 he was accepted to continue his postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he received a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance under the tuition of Helen Krizos.

As a young pianist Carlos performed in Costa Rica in such prestigious venues as The National Theater and The National Auditorium.  He has had numerous concerto appearances with the Costa Rica National Orchestra playing a range of repertoire from Beethoven to Prokofiev. Abroad, Carlos’s reputation has led to invitations to give recitals in both Europe (Switzerland, England, Norway, Italy, Spain) and America (Argentina, Mexico, United States). Highlights include performances in The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., Steinway Hall, New York,  Casa Elizalde's Auditorium, Spain, and Rossini's Theater in Gioia del Colle, Italy.

During his years of study Carlos has played in master classes with pianists such as Gyorgy Sandor, Peter Nagy, Arcady Aronov, Edith Fischer, Paul Badura-Skoda, Louis Lortis, Philippe Cassard, Nelson Goerner and Paul Roberts.        

Mr. Quesada has been the recipient of many prizes. In 2000 he was the winner of both the National Contest of Costa Rican Young Soloists and the International Interlochen Concerto Competition in Michigan, USA.  He also won second prize at The Pinault International Piano Competition in New York in 2001. More recently Carlos won first prize in the Pietro Argento competition in Gioia del Colle, Italy. In 2009, his duo was awarded first prize in the Piano Duo Prize competition at the Royal Northern College of Music.  

Over the past several years, Carlos has been a frequent recitalist at various summer festivals in Switzerland. These include appearances at Les Jardins Musicaux, Usine Sonore and the Semaine International de Piano where he appeared as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician.

Carlos is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at The University of Texas at Austin, in the class of Professor Gregory Allen.

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