Organizer: School of Music
Venue: Crowder Hall
Start Time: 2:30pm

$10, Solo Piano Recital
Free, Competition, Lecture, Master Class

The fourth annual Trester Festival for Latin American Piano Music will highlight music from across Latin America, with a particular focus this year on the music of Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and the United States.

Argentinian pianist Alejandro Cremaschi will present a lecture-recital on Ginastera’s Doce Preludios Americanos, and Peruvian pianist Priscila Navarro will present a solo recital including works by Tania León, Jimmy Lopez, and others. Both Dr. Cremaschi and Dr. Navarro will work with UArizona piano students in a public master class.

Hosted by the Keyboard Area of the School of Music
Featuring Alejandro Cremaschi and Priscila Navarro
Feb. 18-20, 2024

Festival Schedule

Final Round of the 14th Annual Lois Trester Piano Competition featuring performances by UArizona piano students
Sunday, Feb. 18, 3:30p
Crowder Hall, $free

Solo Piano Recital
Dr. Priscila Navarro (works by Tania León, Jimmy Lopez, and others)
Monday, Feb. 19, 7p
Holsclaw Hall, $10

Lecture Recital
Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi: Alberto Ginastera’s Doce Preludios Americanos, Op. 12
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1p
Crowder Hall, $free

Master Class
Dr. Priscila Navarro and Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi featuring performances by UArizona piano students
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5p
Crowder Hall, $free

Guest Artist Biographies

Pianist Alejandro Cremaschi is an active performer and researcher of the music of Latin America. His playing has been described as “pristine” and “passionate” by the Washington Post, and “polished” and “exemplary” by the Fanfare magazine.

He received a Master’s and a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina. He studied piano with Dora De Marinis, Nancy Roldan and Lydia Artymiw. Active in the piano pedagogy field, he is Director for Research Advancement for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and has published articles in the Research Studies in Music Education journal, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Clavier Companion, Piano Magazine and the MTNA e-journal among others. Alejandro Cremaschi is Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he teaches piano pedagogy and applied piano, and coordinates the class piano area.

A researcher in the areas of Latin American music, group piano, technology-aided instruction, motivantion, practice and cooperative learning, Dr. Cremaschi has been a presenter at the Class Piano and Piano Pedagogy national conference, the National Conference in Keyboard Pedagogy, the MTNA, MENC and ISME national and international conferences.


Described as “a phenomenal talent” by the Atlanta Audio Club, pianist Priscila Navarro is the first prize winner of several international competitions. Priscila made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in 2013 as an international competition winner and returned there in 2022 for further concerts. She received a Special Bach prize at the International City of Vigo Competition in Spain, where she was one of five finalists from over 400 participating pianists.

Last year, Priscila made her Kennedy Center debut with a sold-out concert. She also received the Christa-Marshall Bach Prize at the Bach competition in Leipzig, a prize founded by a descendant of the Bach family in one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions honoring Bach.

Priscila is a champion and advocate of Latin American music, conducting research and creative activities to further the propagation of Latin American art. Her most recent project included the development of a piano method for children based on Peruvian folk tunes. This past season, she presented a program of Latin American dances at the Bravo Piano Festival in Hilton Head Island.

Priscila holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Frost School of Music, where she also completed Master and Artist Diploma degrees as a student of Santiago Rodriguez and Kevin Kenner.

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