2024 Trester Festival for Latin American Piano Music

February 18-20, 2024
University of Arizona School of Music
Tucson, Arizona


Please join us for the 4th annual Trester Festival for Latin American Piano Music, hosted by the Keyboard Area of the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. 

About the Trester Festival

The 2024 Trester Festival will feature lecture recitals and other events centered around Latin American piano music presented by internationally renowned guest artists and University of Arizona students.

The 2024 festival will highlight music from across Latin America, with a particular focus this year on the music of Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and the U.S. 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.

The Trester Festival also features a solo piano competition for current UA Fred Fox School of Music piano performance majors, where students are required to perform one or more Latin American piano works as part of their program.

The schedule is posted below. Note that all times are Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Sunday, February 18, 2024

3:30pm Final Round of the Lois Trester Piano Competition
(Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Monday, February 19, 2024

7:00pm Solo Recital: Priscila Navarro
(Holsclaw Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

1:00pm Lecture Recital: Alejandro Cremaschi
(Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

5:00pm Master Class with Priscila Navarro and Alejandro Cremaschi, featuring student performers from the UA FFSoM Keyboard Area
(Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Competition Guidelines:

The Lois Trester Competition is open to all piano performance majors at the UA Fred Fox School of Music.

Click here for the competition guidelines and application form.


Guest Artists

Priscila Navarro
Whitworth University

Described as “a phenomenal talent” by the Atlanta Audio Club, pianist Priscila Navarro is the first prize winner of several international competitions, including the Liszt-Garritson International Competition in Baltimore, Maryland, Beethoven Sonata Competition in Tennessee, Chopin International Competition of Texas, Artist Series of Sarasota, Florida, Imola City Awards, Italy, and the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition in Connecticut. 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, with a jury presided by Martha Argerich. Her performances in England last summer were streamed on BBC public radio as well as the Medici TV channel.

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.

Highlights of this season include a concert featuring works by Cuban American composer Tania Leon, as well as soloist with orchestras throughout the US and South America. Priscila also recently won the Astral Artists competition, joining their roster alongside other phenomenal artists. 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. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University where she studied with Dr. Michael Baron. Priscila began her music studies at the age of 9, in the National Conservatory of Peru with Professor Lydia Hung.

Besides her busy performance career, Priscila is a passionate pedagogue and has been on the jury at several international competitions, including the Chopin International Competition for Latin American pianists, the Heida Hermanns International Competition, the Piano Stars competition and the Parnassus International Competition. She is currently the artistic director of the Parnassus Music Society, organizing cultural events throughout Peru and Latin America. This fall, she joined the faculty at Whitworth University as director of keyboard studies.


Alejandro Cremaschi

University of Colorado Boulder

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 was a prize winner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in 2001.  


Cremaschi has recorded music by Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera, Luis Gianneo, Luis Jorge González and other Argentine composers as a soloist and chamber pianist for the labels IRCO, Ostinato, Marco Polo and Meridian Records.  His edition and recording of Alberto Ginastera’s Doce Preludios Americanos for piano was published by Carl Fischer in 2016, and superseded the original 1946 original edition of this work. He is the Executive Director for Sonus International Music Festival, an online festival and non-profit organization devoted to the dissemination of classical music inspired by folk traditions.


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.  



2023 Trester Festival

We will archive these events each year to promote the performance and scholarship of Latin American Music.

Please visit https://keyboard.music.arizona.edu/trester2023 to view last year’s recitals and program.

2022 Trester Festival

We will archive these events each year to promote the performance and scholarship of Latin American Music.

Please visit https://keyboard.music.arizona.edu/trester2022 to view last year’s recitals and program.

2021 Trester Festival

We will archive these events each year to promote the performance and scholarship of Latin American Music.

Please visit https://keyboard.music.arizona.edu/trester2021 to view last year’s recitals and program.