“I love music! Music has the power to lift us. It is an amazing tool for sharing, for communicating and for connecting with others.”
Born in Havana, Cuba, Monica Nordelo started her musical education at the age of 7. From elementary to high school, she attended the selective music conservatories of her natal city and later continued higher musical studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana.
Monica came to the United States as the recipient of a Unesco-Ashberg Bursary for Artists and spent a summer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She later was accepted at Florida International University to complete her bachelor’s degree and graduated with honors, majoring in Piano Performance with a minor in Composition. Monica then went to study at Appalachian State University where she completed her master’s degree in Piano Performance.
As a pianist, Monica has participated in numerous solo and ensemble recitals, including a solo performance with the Florida International University Symphony Orchestra.
As a young composer in Havana, she was often featured in the Festival de Musica Contemporanea and won prizes and recognition for her compositions in local competitions.
Currently, Monica teaches piano, theory, and composition at the Miami Conservatory of Music. She is the founder of the MCofM Honor Roll, the MCofM Youth Concerto and Junior Composition Competitions and, starting this year, the Duet/Duo Competition.
Monica is also a staff accompanist at Florida International University.