"My aim is to carefully guide my pupils' musical development from the selection of pieces all the way through to musical development, technique and theory.
Through my teaching I want to plant the seed of love of music in their hearts and help them to develop music as an important part of their lives. I want the seed of music to grow into a strong plant with roots deep enough to survive the storms of life and grow to maturity."
Parallel to my „bachillerato" I took piano and music lessons at
the Conservatory of the „Universidad Nacional" of Bogotà.
After my „bachillerato", I studied music there for four years.
During this time and for some years later, I studied piano with Arnaldo Garcia.
I have been teaching the piano since 1978. Due to permanent political problems at the „Universidad Nacional", I was, unfortunately unable to finish my studies there.
So when I was offered a position as a teacher-student
in the Conservatory of Ibague in 1979, I happily accepted and remained
there for another four
In this fantastic institution I received valuable experience in teaching, composing, conducting and administrating while continuing my own musical studies.
I am grateful for all I learned from Doña Amina Melendro,
Nelly and Cesar Vucksic, Jeorge Fontenla, Blas Emilio Atehortua, to
mention but a few.
Parallel to teaching in Ibague, I helped to organize the activities of „Jeunesse Musicale" throughout Colombia, but due to economic problems at the Conservatory of Ibague, I could not obtain my diploma there either and therefore moved on.
Two semesters of studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (USA) followed, where I studied composition as my major, and continued piano with Gorge Robert.
At the Conservatory in Zürich I finally obtained my teacher's degree in 1990 with Jürg von Vintschger from whom I learned so much about piano, music and musical life.
After a brief period teaching at the Jugendmusikschule in Zürich, I decided to work independently and have continued to do so.
I have been on the Board of the „Schweizerische Musik Pädagogischer Verband" (SMPV) for ten years organizing regular concerts and assisting in all the aspects of a „Berufsverband".
I teach a broad variety of literature. It encompasses traditional piano literature: baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist, 20th century and other styles of "erudite" music. It also includes popular music such as Jazz, Pop, Latin, New Age or whichever style my pupils like and choose to learn. I have a very extensive piano literature collection and permanently study new material to increase the size and quality of my library.
If a chosen piece is too difficult for a pupil's level, I arrange it with professional music notation software according to their capabilities and with the critical help of my student, I transform the piece so that he or she will be able to play it.
Periodical video and audio recordings as well as voluntary recitals of my pupils are held twice a year. This gives the students of all levels the opportunity to be aware of their own playing and show their development.
Are you too old to begin?
Over the years, experience has shown me that learning to play the piano can be enjoyed at any age.
You want to continue what you gave up as a child or teenager?
I will happily help you to feel the joy of remembering and re-mastering your playing and continue where you left off.
Is your child too young?
It all depends on how long your child is able to concentrate. If his or her concentration span is very short, I will have to include you too, in the piano lessons during a period of time.
Dyslexia, psychomotoric or similar problems?
On many occasions I have experienced that music and piano playing are marvellous means to work things out and help a child or adult along the sometimes bumpy road of life.