2023 Trester Festival for Latin American Piano Music

March 26 – April 1, 2023 Crowder Hall
& September 14-15, 2023 Holsclaw Hall
Tucson, Arizona


Please join us for the 3rd 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 2023 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 2023 festival will highlight works by Brazilian composers, with recitals presented by Alessandra Feris and Diego Caetano.  

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, March 26th, 2023

4:30pm Final Round of the Lois Trester Piano Competition
(Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Friday, March 31st, 2023

7:30pm Solo Recital: Alessandra Feris
(Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Saturday, April 1st, 2023

12:00pm Master Class with Alessandra Feris, featuring student performers from the UA FFSoM Keyboard Area
(Crowder Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Thursday, September 14th, 2023

3:00pm Master Class with Diego Caetano, featuring student performers from the UA FFSoM Keyboard Area
(Holsclaw Hall and YouTube Livestream)

Friday, September 15th, 2023

7:00pm Solo Recital: Diego Caetano
(Holsclaw 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

Brazilian pianist Alessandra Feris has performed widely in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Greece, and in the United States, making successful solo debuts in major venues such as the Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre (Brazil), the Costa Rican National Theater, the Steinway Haus in Frankfurt (Germany), and the Palácio de Bellas Artes (Sala Manuel M. Ponce) in Mexico City. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik ‘Franz Liszt’ in Germany, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a doctoral degree from Florida State University. Her major teachers include Dirce Knijnik, Thomas Steinhöfel, Réne Lecuona, Read Gainsford, and the legendary Lazar Berman. A sought-after pedagogue and winner of many teaching awards, she is an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of South Dakota. Her students are winners of many competitions such as the MTNA Young Artist and Senior (state level), Truran Piano Competition, and the University of South Dakota Concerto Competition. She has previously served as Piano Faculty and Artist-in-Residence of Mississippi Gulf Coast College, where she received the ‘Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year Award.’ Alessandra Feris is an artist-teacher at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania, and the Piano Plus Festival in Greece. She is devoted to the diffusion of Latin-American piano music and is often requested to premiere works by Brazilian contemporary composers.


Diego Caetano

Sam Houston State University

Alesssandra Feris
University of South Dakota

Brazilian-American pianist Diego Caetano was considered by the Italian newspaper La Stampa “a gifted pianist with a brilliant technique and musicality.” He has been performing widely as soloist and chamber musician throughout the USA, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Yokohama’s Philia Hall, Lisbon’s Palácio da Foz, Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecília Meireles, and London’s Royal Albert Hall.


He has worked with conductors such as Michael Palmer, Paul Hostetter, Neil Thomson, Rodrigo de Carvalho, Guilherme  Bernstein, Joaquim Jayme, Daniel Guedes, and others. He has been featured in recitals and concerto appearances at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Louisiana International Piano Series,  Durango’s Conservatory Music of the Mountains, Bangkok’s Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, and Brasília’s International Music Festival. An advocate for contemporary music, he has premiered works by composers Robert Spillman, Anne Guzzo, Marlos Nobre, Roger Goeb, and Guilherme Bernstein.


Diego Caetano maintains an active schedule as an educator. He has frequently served as a masterclass clinician and competition adjudicator in various universities and conservatories around the globe and has presented at various national and international conferences about pedagogical works by Brazilian composers, effective practicing techniques, and performance anxiety.  His students have received prizes at national and international piano competitions. He is a member of Duo Lispector with Russian violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov and a member of Resch – Caetano Duo with German tenor Richard Resch. He has recently released the CD “French Connection: Violin Sonatas of the 20th Century” with violinist Evgeny Zvonnikov for the Italian-Japanese label DaVinci Classics.


Dr. Caetano received the top prizes in more than fifty national and international piano competitions, including Città di Massa Concorso per Giovani Musicisti, Bonn Prize International Music Competition, Bucharest Pro Piano International Piano Competition, International Piano Competition HR Princess Lalla Meryem, MTNA Young Artist – Steinway & Sons, “Arnaldo Estrella” Piano Competition, and many more. He has also won special awards including Best Interpreter of Brazilian Composers, Best Interpreter of Spanish Composers, and Prix d’Excellence in Performance.


Dr. Caetano graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music degree from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil). Caetano has studied under the guidance of Dr. David Korevaar, Bob Spillman, Dr. Theresa Bogard, Dr. Maria Helena Jayme, and Lílian Carneiro de Mendonça. He also studied with Dr. Nadezhda Eismont at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, in Russia.

He is the co-founder and Artistic Director at Ávila International Music Festival in Ávila (Spain).He was the President of the World Piano Teachers Association – Texas Chapter from 2016-2021. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University, and a Shigeru Kawai Artist.



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.