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Internationally renowned artists currently performing throughout the world are invited to the conservatory to coach students at various ability levels. Master classes offer valuable performance opportunities, fresh ideas to approach musical interpretation and technique, and access to professional musicians.


Workshop - The Alexander Technique for String Players

vivian torres


Saturday, January 9 at 4:00PM
Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

Learn with Prof. Vivian Torres how to achieve ease in playing, manage stress and anxiety while performing by discovering the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique has a long history of helping instrumentalists and singers to perform with less stress and likelihood of injury. By helping musicians improve the quality of the physical movements involved in playing an instrument or singing, the Alexander Technique also helps improve the quality of the music itself. A violinist's stiff shoulders and arms will get in the way of a pleasing sound. By helping musicians release undue tension in their bodies, the Alexander Technique makes possible a performance which is more fluid and lively, less tense and rigid.

Over the years, a number of prominent musicians have publicly endorsed the Alexander Technique: Yehudi Menuhin, Paul McCartney, Sting, Julian Bream, James Galwayand the conductor Sir Adrian Boult, to name but a few.

2015 Upcoming


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Friday, November 13 at 5:00PM
Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

Cuban born guitarist, Rafael Padrón, began studying the guitar at the age of eleven. He attended the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba, where he completed his studies with the distinguished Argentinean teacher and performer, Victor Pellegrini. In 1986, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Advanced Institute of Art in Havana, where he graduated with a degree in music in 1991, receiving the “Student of High Achievement” award. He has studied in Master Classes with such artists as composer Leo Brouwer, guitarists Maria Luisa Anido, Alvaro Pierri, Costa Cotsiolis and David Russell.

Mr. Padrón has won top prizes in many national and international competitions, among them the Best Interpretation of Latin American Music in Havana; The Diploma of Honor at the International Classical Guitar Competition in Chile; a top prize at the National Guitar Competition in Havana and winner of the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center Recital Series Competitions in United States of America.

He has been featured in festivals like the International Festival of the Guitar in Havana, Cuba; The International Festival of Music of the Hatillo in Caracas, Venezuela, where he premiered Leo Brouwer’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra No. 3, “Elegíaco”; The International Guitar Festival in Costa Rica were he premiered Leo Brouwer’s Suite “From Yesterday to Penny Lane”; The International Festival of the Guitar in Panama, The International Music Festival in Costa Rica and The Festival Iberoamericano de Guitarra, Tenerife, Spain, Rust International Guitar Festival and Competition, Rust, Austria, and Brno International Guitar Festival, Czech Republic.

Rafael Padrón has performed both solo and with orchestras in various cities in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Japan, Spain and in the United States of America. He has performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Matanzas, Cuba; the Grand Marshall of Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; the Chamber Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela; the Camerata Latinoamericana of Costa Rica,The Independence Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica and with The Panamerican Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C.

Mr. Padrón has taught classical guitar at the Jose Antonio and Carmen Calcaño Foundation of Caracas, Venezuela; at the National University of Heredia, Costa Rica; the Costa Rica University of San Jose,Costa Rica; The Paco de Malaga Guitar Gallery in Washington D.C.; The Olenka Music School, Columbia, Maryland, and The Levine School in Washington D.C. Mr. Padrón graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he has completed his Graduate Performance Diploma on a full scholarship, under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco. Mr. Padron accomplished his Masters Degree Diploma at the University of Miami in December 2005.

Currently, he is the chair of the Guitar Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Workshop - The Alexander Technique for Piano Players

vivian torres


Saturday, November 14 at 4:00PM
Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

Learn with Prof. Vivian Torres how to achieve ease in playing, manage stress and anxiety while performing by discovering the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique has a long history of helping instrumentalists and singers to perform with less stress and likelihood of injury. By helping musicians improve the quality of the physical movements involved in playing an instrument or singing, the Alexander Technique also helps improve the quality of the music itself.

Over the years, a number of prominent musicians have publicly endorsed the Alexander Technique: Yehudi Menuhin, Paul McCartney, Sting, Julian Bream, James Galwayand the conductor Sir Adrian Boult, to name but a few.

2015 Passed


miriam garagnani


Thursday, July 30th from 3 - 7:30PM
Friday, July 31st from 10AM - 7:30PM
Monday, August 3rd from 10AM - 7:30PM
Tuesday, August 4th from 10AM and Student Recital at the end of the afternoon
Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

Master Classes are given to high proficiency level piano students from the conservatory Jaqueline Du Pré in Modena, Italy. 

Miriam Garagnani was born in Modena (Italy) in 1967. She graduated from “G.B. Martini” Conservatory after studying with Luigi Mostacci and at Superior Academy of Music in Pescara after studying with Bruno Mezzena. She won admission to superior soloist courses in Bologna Conservatory with Florenta Barbalat. She won international prizes and attended Oxana Yablonskaya masterclasses in NewYork. She studied with Bruno Mezzena from 1993 to 2004. From 2004 to 2006 she studied with Olivier Gardon in Paris.

Miriam has performed chamber and soloist music in Italy and abroad. Since 1990 she has being playing with cellist Antonio Mostacci, performing all over the world. They recorded the Brahms two cello Sonatas and a contemporary Italian music CD. They have recorded for Italian Television RAI 3. Miriam took part in the Madrid Maratona de Piano y Musica da Camara, the Summit Music Festival in New York, the K&O Konzerten in Leiden University and has represented Italy in Finland, Japan and Malaysia Festivals (Kuala Lumpur Petronas World ISME Meeting). Since 1994 she has been teaching at “Jacqueline Du Pré” Conservatory in Spilamberto (Modena) and since 2006 has been teaching at “Summer International Meeting” in Badia Prataglia (Arezzo). In 2007 she gave a Seminar on Italian contemporary music at Prague Conservatory. She is a member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and recently hosted the ISME Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician Seminar in 2008.


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Wednesday, May 6th at 5PM
Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

Havana-born pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán is an artist with his feet in two worlds, acclaimed for both his mastery of the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition as well as his stunning interpretations of the classical piano repertoire. A true prodigy born to a musical family, his concert pianist mother introduced him to the piano at four and he began formal studies at seven, making his professional debut at 12 with Cuba’s Matanzas Symphony Orchestra and performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 with the National Symphony of Cuba at 17. López-Gavilán has toured the world, released six award-winning albums of original compositions and composed for film and theater.


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Dr. José LÓPEZ 

Saturday, March 14th at 10AM
Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

Jose Lopez is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Studies Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and is the President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Liszt Society at FIU, inaugurated in 2010. 

A versatile pianist and enthusiastic performer of chamber music, Dr. López was a founding member of the Dalbergi Trio, has collaborated as a member of FIU’s resident new music ensemble, the Nodus Ensemble, and was the orchestral pianist with the Florida Philharmonic for 13 years. He is currently active performing and recording new and old obscure works for piano and strings along with solo piano works. His interest in contemporary music features frequent world premieres and collaborations with composers along with his pursuit in resurrecting rarely heard works by Romantic and Classical composers. 


2015 GRAMMY Winner, Best Classical Instrumental Solo



Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at 1PM
Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

NPR describes Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone magazine puts him “among the elite of today's classical guitarists.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named “Zapateado” from the album as one of its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).” 


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Born in Split, Croatia, Gekic amazed his family by accurately picking out melodies on the piano at age one and a half. He graduated in 1982 with the highest mark ever granted a diploma exam recital. During his school years he won prizes at the Franz Liszt Competition in Parma (1981), the Viana da Motta in Lisbon (1983) and the Yugoslav Artists’ Competition in Zagreb (1984). His recording of the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes is considered as the best recording of the set ever made. Over the past few years, Gekic’s appearances worldwide have consistently generated frenzied audience enthusiasm.

On 04.21.12 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

On  04.25.10 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

On  10.10.08 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

On  03.03.08 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

On  10.08.07 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

On 05.02.05 at Steinway Piano Gallery

On 05.10.03 at Gusman Hall of the University of Miami



Renowned pianist and conductor, native of San Francisco, he gave his first public recital at 8. At age 16, he made his debut with the New York Philarmonic. He was the first American to win the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Belgium. Teaching activities have been an important element of his activities at the Aspen, Lucerne, Ravinia and Verbier festivals, among others. Ha has also given Master Classes at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Paris Conservatory, the Ravel Academy at St. Jean de Luz, the Mishkenot in Jerusalem and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

On 08.03.07 at Coral Gables Congregational Church



Pianist Polina Osetinskaya is in the top echelon of today's eminent and celebrated Russian pianists. Looked upon in her native Russia as one of four child prodigies contemporary with Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov, and Vadim Repin. Polina performed over 1,000 solo and orchestral concerts by age 11. Polina is a regular season performer with two of the world's largest prestigious orchestras, and  she concertizes worldwide to critical acclaim.

On 01.28.08 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall

On 03.02.05 at Steinway Piano Gallery



The Serbian pianist was born into a family with a musical tradition, and first became established in the public eye when at age 11 he performed Haydn’s D major concerto. Misha Dacić has numerous first prizes from various competitions. In 1993 he won the silver medal and another special prize for the best performance of a Rahmaninov work at the International Piano Competition in Novi Sad. In 2002 he won top honours at the Premio Silvio Bengalli Competition for Pianists in Piacenza, Italy. In addition Misha Dacić was the youngest competitor at the 1996 Liszt Competition in Budapest.

-     On 05.16.04 at Steinway Piano Gallery



Duo and solo pianists and composers, they have concertized extensively throughout the United States and abroad. On March 6th, 2002 Whipple & Morales performed their original works for two pianos at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Kirk Whipple was awarded the 2007 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Jazz Composition for his original works on "Danzas Para Dos Pianos y Orquesta."  They have made a career out of performing piano duets.

-     On 12.05.04 at Ransom Everglades Upper School




Ida Haendel is recognized today as one of the world's great classical violinists. Born in Poland, she took up the violin at the age of three, won her first competition, the Huberman Prize, when she was five, playing Beethoven's Violin Concerto, and was a finalist at the age of seven in the Wieniawski Competition. Haendel continues to record albums and to give concerts around the world, including a performance with one of her favorite collaborators, pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. Ida Haendel has become a legendary figure of the twenty first century.

On 02.21.10 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall


udi bar-david

Udi Bar-David is widely considered as one of the most versatile cellists in the world today. Equally at home as a classical cellist and an innovative improviser of music of all genres, Udi has enjoyed performing on international stages with both classical and ethnic musicians from all over the world.

An acclaimed soloist, Udi performed with leading orchestras in Israel and recorded at the Jerusalem Music Center founded by Pablo Casals; served as the principal cellist in the International Youth Orchestra, at Julliard, in the National Orchestra of New York, and with the American Ballet Theater. He was a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1987. He is also the founder, president and artistic director of "Intercultural Journeys", a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia committed to provide opportunities for musical dialogue and understanding among a variety of cultural traditions.

Held on 12.16.12 at the Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall.



Jodie Langel, Broadway & National Tour

Cosette in Les Miserables, Bertrande in the pre-Broadway premiere of Martin Guerre. Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Jodie is the youngest person to ever play the coveted role of Grizabella in CATS. New York: Jodie debuted at Carnegie Hall in Bernsteins MASS, and starred in I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Sessions, and workshop of ‘The First Wives Club’. Regional: starring roles in Evita, Funny Girl, Fiddler, Smile, The Thing About Men. Television: Rescue Me. Jodie had the distinct honor of singing the National Anthem at the re-opening of the American Stock Exchange alongside Governor Pataki and New York City's firefighters and police- man and was awarded “Best National Anthem Singer of 2007” by the Mets. Ms. Langel is the co-author of Making it on Broadway: Actors’ Tales of Climbing to the Top. CEO of acclaimed program “Making it on Broadway” www.makingitonbroadway.net. MFA: UCLA, BFA: Tisch School of the Arts. 

On 05.19.12 & 05.20.12 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall


Kim Douglas Steiner, Musical Director

Kim was the supervisor of Forbidden Vegas and was also the music supervisor of the long running musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change having worked on productions in New York, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Reno, and around the country on the National Tour. On Broadway: Nine, and High Society, In My Life. International: Phantom of the Opera Kim has conducted for Carol Channing, and played for Chita Rivera, Sam Harris, Tom Wopat, Andrea McArdle and Oleta Adams. In 2001, he produced, arranged and played on the BC/EFA Christmas CD Home for the Holidays working with Liza Minnelli, Adam Pascal, Alan Cumming and Anthony Rapp. 

On 05.19.12 & 05.20.12 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall




Dr. Kathleen WILSON

Professor of Voice and Associate Director of the School of Music at Florida International University, Dr. Wilson holds a B.M in Music Education and an M.M. in Musicology from the University of Arizona, and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Vocal Pedagogy/Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She continues to perform solo repertoire and to present workshops and master classes on vocal pedagogy and Latin American song throughout the U.S. and Latin America, most recently in Peru, Mexico and Colombia. 

On 05.01.10 at Miami Conservatory of Music Recital Hall



Illiana MATOS

Acclaimed by the ABC of Madrid, Iliana Matos made history by becoming the only woman to win the prestigious “S.A.R. La Infanta Doña Cristina” International Guitar Competition, which is organized by the Jacinto Guerrero Foundation. Currently she mantains an active concert career and participated in important music festivals. Iliana Matos has performed repertoire that ranges from all baroque to all contemporary music programs. Currently she resides in Spain and combines her concert activity with her teaching at Conservatorio Profesional de Música “García Matos” de Plasencia.

On 11.14.04 at Ransom Everglades Upper School

On 05.01.04 at Chapel of First United Methodist Church


Douglas LORA

Douglas Lora is the co-founder of the "Brasil Guitar Duo", winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, resulting in global recital tours and numerous critically acclaimed recordings.

"Influence and Development of Brazilian Music"

On 11.20.04 at Ransom Everglades Upper School


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