As a musician, I feel pride in my duty and I am fully aware of this gift. Therefore, I ought to pass on the knowledge I inherited from my mentors and those before them that will nurture my students, thus waking an array of sensitivities and a tremendous appreciation for music and creativity much needed in our time.
Costa Rican pianist and composer Adrian Quesada holds a master’s degree in piano performance from Florida International University (FIU) in Piano Performance, where he studied with Kemal Gekic.
Adrian performed as a soloist with the Coral Gables Chamber Symphony for WLRN, television broadcast Channel 17. He also appeared as a soloist with the South Florida Youth Symphony and the FIU Symphony Orchestra and as a guest performer with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra conducted by Maestro Stewart Robertson and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica with Maestro Irvin Hoffmann.
Mr. Quesada was the second-place prize winner of the FIU Concerto Competition in 2013 and a finalist in 2005. Adrian participated in the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in 2002 as a pianist and composer, where he had the opportunity of an orchestral reading of his “Overture for Orchestra.” He also performed in chamber music concerts and solo recitals.
Mr. Quesada participated in Master Classes with Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Yakov Kasman, Argentinean Professor Pia Sebastiani, American artist Gary Hammond, and composer Tania Leon.
As a graduate student at FIU, Adrian had the opportunity to become a Teacher Assistant and then joined the FIU School of Music in 2013 as a Piano professor and Accompanist for the Concert Choir and the Women’s Choir. He is also a faculty member of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and of Miami Conservatory of Music since 2014.
He collaborated with World acclaimed bassist Jeff Bradetich and was appointed pianist in residence for the Miami Bass institute.
He has recently released his first CD titled Romanza this past August including works by Méhul, Beethoven, Debussy and Costa Rican composers Benjamin Gutiérrez and Felipe Carvajal; Mr. Quesada has since been invited to promote his CD at Universidad de Panamá in Panamá, where he also collaborated with artists such as Joel Arias, principal french horn of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela.
He was also recently invited to perform a concert for the President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís in his visit to Florida International University.