2022 Trester Festival for Latin American Piano Music

March 18th & 19th, 2022
Crowder Hall
Tucson, Arizona

Please join us for the 2nd annual Trester Festival for Latin American Piano Music, hosted by the Keyboard Area of the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. This will be a two-day hybrid festival, with all events happening live in-person in Crowder Hall and simultaneously live-streamed to YouTube.

About the Trester Festival

The 2022 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 2022 festival will highlight works by Argentinian and Colombian composers, and will feature the world premiere of Tres Danzas Características Colombianas by Jorge A. Salazar 

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).


Friday, March 18th, 2022

7:30pm Final Round of the Lois Trester Piano Competition (Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Recording link (YouTube)

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

12:00-1:50pm Master Class with Dr. Luis Sanchez, featuring student performers from the UA FFSoM Keyboard Area (Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Recording link (YouTube)

2:00-2:50pm Q&A Session with Dr. Luis Sanchez and Dr. Andrés Jaramillo (Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

4:30-6:00pm Lecture Recital: Dr. Andrés Jaramillo, “Piano Music by Colombian Composers” (Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Recording link (YouTube)

7:30pm Lecture Recital: Dr. Luis Sanchez, “Early Works of Alberto Ginastera” (Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Recording link (YouTube)


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 & Featured Composer

Dr. Andrés Jaramillo serves as faculty at the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University where he teaches Applied Piano, Chamber Music, Music Theory, Senior Recital Class, Musicianship, and Music in Global Cultures. Aside from teaching, Dr. Jaramillo keeps an exciting and active career as a solo and collaborative pianist, clinician and conductor. He has performed internationally in such countries as South America, South Africa, Spain, and China as well as throughout the United States. His programs typically feature standard classical piano repertory combined with Contemporary and Latin-American music. They would often premiere international and local composers’ works. Last fall, he was invited to give a series of masterclasses and concerts in China. Dr. Jaramillo earned his DMA degree in Piano Performance with minor fields in Theory, Instrumental Conducting, and Keyboard Collaborative Arts from USC Thornton School of Music under the mentorship of prestigious pianist and teachers, Daniel Pollack, Dr. Alan Smith and Prof. Larry Livingstone.

Luis Sanchez

Texas A&M University–Commerce

Jorge Alejandro Salazar, conductor and composer holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the National University of Colombia mentored by Guerassim Voronkov. Recently, he earned the Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at Lamont School of music in Denver University mentored by Lawrence Golan.

Maestro Salazar reached the semifinal round in the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition 2010, won the best conductor prize in the VI International Choir Festival in Santander, and was awarded with the silver medal in the Seventh World Choir Games in Cincinnati U.S. with “Corpas Chamber Choir” in the champion’s competition category.

Salazar is Music Director at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at Aurora Colorado and headmaster of conducting studies at Corpas University in Bogotá Colombia since 2003. As composer, arranger, pianist and conductor, he was selected artistic director of the Orchestral and Choral Corporation of Colombia since 2004 to 2013. He was the artistic coordinator for the “America Cantat” International Choral Festival 2013 conducting its opening concert with the premiere of the “Cantata America” by José Buenagu, and “Canción por la Esperanza” a piece for mixed and children choir, large orchestra, and soloists of its own authorship.

As a guest conductor he has worked with: Samara State Philarmonic Orchestra (Russia), Togliatti Philarmonic Orchestra (Russia) Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra, Tomsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Boulder Opera, Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, Colombia Symphony Orchestra, Antioquia Symphony Orchestra, EAFIT Symphony Orchestra, Medellín Youth Symphony Orchestra, Tolima ́s Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Cali Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Concepción Symphony Orchestra (Chile), and Salta Symphony Orchestra (Argentina).

Thanks to an invitation from the Study Mission of Hong Kong, Maestro Salazar and the colombian cellist Sandra Lozano were invited to play in the cities of Macau and Hong Kong a very exciting Latin American music program in Honor to Pope Francis in 2019.

He studied music theory with Jorge Zorro, piano with Pilar Leyva and orchestral conducting with Luis Eduardo Vargas, Guerassim Voronkov, and Markand Thakar; He has attended workshops and master classes with Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, María Guinand, Alberto Grau, Simon Carrington, Luis Gorelik, Andrés Orozco, among others.

On his role as a composer, he won: First prize in Alberto Grau International Choral Composition Contest CICCAG, First Prize in Choral Composition OFB contest for two consecutive years (2014-2015) and the honorific mention in the Ministry of Culture national contest composition for choir and chamber ensemble 2016 with “El Renacuajo Paseador” for choir and chamber ensemble. His works have been performed by the most important choirs in Colombia and he regularly writes for several vocal ensembles around the country. His piece “Rhapsody for clarinet and piano” was recorded by the renowned duo Debussy in 2013 in the music album “Contrastes” that collects representative musical works of modern Colombian composers. Maestro Salazar has a special interest in the popular music of his region and combines in his compositions Colombian and Latin-American rhythms with the academic language.


Andrés Jaramillo

California Baptist University Collinsworth School of Music – Riverside, California

For over three decades, pianist Luis Sanchez has maintained an active career as soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. He has appeared in concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Sanchez joined the Steinway Artist Roster in 2012. In May 2021, he joined the Frances Clark Center for Piano Pedagogy as Director of International Initiatives.

Praised for his artistry, dazzling technique, and inspiring performances, Luis Sanchez has presented recitals and master classes at Steinway Hall in London, Birmingham Conservatoire (UK), Sala delle Muse at the Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari, Italy), Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agnone (Rome, Italy), National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), the Grieg Academy (Bergen, Norway), the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo, Norway), Hangyang University (Seoul, South Korea), the Piano Concert Series International (Louisiana), and throughout the United States. He has also been featured soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain (Dallas), The Texarkana Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble. 

Born in Argentina, Dr. Sanchez holds degrees from the National Conservatory of Music “Carlos López Buchardo” and Ball State University. His teachers include Ana Litovsky-Grunwald, Graciela Beretervide, Robert Palmer, and Rebecca Penneys. 


Jorge A. Salazar

Corpas University – Bogotá, Colombia

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.