Juan Pablo Andrade
Costa Rican pianist Juan Pablo Andrade is the recipient of numerous awards, among them are the First Prize at the Artlivre International Piano Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil; First Prize in the National Piano Competition in CR; First Prize in the Concert of Soloists Competition at Arizona State University; First Prize at the UNCG Concerto Competition and Second Prize in the University of Costa Rica Concerto Competition.
He has performed as soloist with the South Bend Symphony, the UNCG Symphony, the ASU Symphony, the Central American Symphony, the Bolivian National Symphony, the Costa Rican Youth Symphony, and in several occasions with the Costa Rican National Symphony. As a recitalist he has appeared in almost every Costa Rican city, Santa Cruz and La Paz in Bolivia, San Salvador in El Salvador, Washington DC, Oslo and Madrid. Many of his performances have been recorded and broadcasted by the Phoenix Classical Radio Station KBAK, Costa Rican University Radio and Costa Rican National Television.
In the year 2000 he was awarded the National Prize of Music, the highest recognition given to a musician by the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture. Andrade obtained the Bachelors and Licenciatura in Music degrees from the University of Costa Rica in San José; the Masters of Music from Arizona State University, an Artist Diploma from Indiana University-South Bend and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Idaho State University and Lecturer of Piano at UNCG.
Since his original affiliation with Alfred Publishing Company in 1986 as a composer and clinician, Dennis Alexander has earned an international reputation as one of North America's most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels. Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996 where he taught piano and piano pedagogy for 24 years. Upon moving to California, he taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule. He currently publishes with Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest sheet music publisher in the world.
Professor Alexander is a native Kansan, having graduated from the University of Kansas where he was a student of Richard Reber. In 1972, he was invited to join the faculty at the University of Montana and served as piano department chair in addition to his teaching duties in applied piano, class piano and piano pedagogy. In 1987, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with violinist Walter Olivares and continues to be active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has served as a collaborative artist for numerous internationally recognized soloists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups. A former president of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, he is a popular clinician at state and national music teacher conventions. In 2009, he was invited by MTNA to conduct the intermediate level master class at their national convention in Atlanta and was invited to do so again in 2022 for the conference in Minneapolis. Professor Alexander was a judge for "Musiquest", a national piano competition in India and has toured twice to the far East where he performed recitals and workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea.
Over the years, numerous organizations and state associations have commissioned him to write compositions. Many of his compositions are included in the National Federation of Music Study Clubs Festival required list and his music is being performed by students throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. One of Mr. Alexander's most significant contributions to the repertoire is "24 Character Preludes" in all major and minor keys which includes a CD with Dennis Alexander as soloist. In 2015, he was honored by the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy with the "Lifetime Achievement Award". He is also a co-author of an exciting and innovative piano method entitled "Alfred's Premier Piano Course". A chamber music work, entitled "Dance Suite" for piano, violin, and cello was commissioned by MTNA in 2013. His "Nocturnes for Piano", Bks. 1 & 2 were selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2020 MTNA/Frances Clark Pedagogy Award. Mr. Alexander's personalwebsite, dennisalexander.com
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Pianist Anna Fisher earned a double masters degree from the Eastman School of Music in Piano Performance & Literature and Music Education where she studied with Dr. Douglas Humpherys and Thomas Schumacher. She received her Bachelor's degree from Utah State University under the tutelage of Gary Amano, with a particular concentration on Piano Performance and Pedagogy.
Ms. Fisher is a passionate teacher and pedagogue in the Portland metro area where she runs a private studio, performs as a collaborative musician, and regularly serves as an adjudicator for competitions and festivals in the region. She has been on the faculty of numerous institutions across the country including Belmont University (TN), Middle Tennessee University, the Eastman Community Music School (NY), the Levine School of Music (DC), and the Sun Valley Summer Music Festival (ID). She also worked as a teaching assistant at both Utah State University and the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Fisher has served as a guest lecturer at various universities including Catholic University, George Mason University and for numerous MTNA teacher’s groups, speaking about early childhood music methodologies and aspects of piano pedagogy. During her time in Washington, DC, she joined the piano faculty and then served as the Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Music Department at Levine School of Music, the region’s preeminent center for music education. Her private students have received awards through Portland Piano International, Steinway & Sons Competition, Utah State PianoFest and Carnegie Hall, among others. Many have gone on to study music at universities across the country including Catholic University (DC), Belmont University (TN), Notre Dame (IN), Princeton (NJ), and Goshen College (OH).
Ms. Fisher has performed in a variety of solo, collaborative and chamber settings across the United States and was a featured soloist in her concerto debut at age 16. She currently enjoys working as a private instructor, musical coach and collaborative pianist for string students in the Portland metro region where she resides with her husband and three children.