Sunday, April 30, 2006

Cesar Reyes
Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Cesar Reyes graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City as a Concert Pianist under the direction of Mexican artists Raul de la Mora, Horacio Franco and Mario Lavista.

He was winner of the Conservatory's most important performance competitions for three consecutive years, receiving the Second Prize in the National "Edvard Grieg" Piano Competition and the special Prize for the best performance of Grieg music. He has not only appeared in the main concert halls of his country such as the "Sala Manuel M. Ponce" of the Fine Art Palace and Auditorium Blas Galindo of the National Center of the Arts, but also in outdoor spaces and community churches in indigenous villages and districts of his home state.

An advocate of contemporary music, he along with percussionist Maribel Pedraza organized the Artistic Tour "the Music of Our Century" in 2001, under the sponsorship of the Mexican Endowment for the Arts (FONCA), introducing this repertoire with great success to people whom had no prior contact with the contemporary classical repertoire.

In 2001 he came to the United States to study under the direction of recognized Professor Germán Diez, disciple and assistant of legendary pianist Claudio Arrau. He earned a Masters Degree in Music at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music of the City University of New York with the support of the Mexican Government cultural institutions (INBA and FONCA). In the city of New York, he has appeared in the Levenson Hall (Brooklyn College), Elebash Recital Hall (CUNY Graduate Center), and Columbia University. He has premiered music of American and Mexican composers.

In 2003 he organized the Centennial celebration of the Arrau's Birth in Mexico's National Center of Arts given lectures and masterclasses about Arrau's technique and artistic legacy. This summer he is given his European debut at the "“Semaine Internationale de Piano et de Musique de Chambre” in Blonay, Switerland. www.sipiano.com


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