Manuel Matarrita

MANUEL MATARRITA is one of the most active Costa Rican pianists, as a soloist and collaborative musician. Two times winner of the National Music Prize of his country (2012 and 2015), his performances have taken him to the most important venues in Costa Rica, as well as to other stages throughout all Central America, the United States, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Greece, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Agustín Cullell, Giancarlo Guerrero, Irwin Hoffman, Jorge Lhez, Roman Kopfman, Lior Shambadal, Francesco Belli, Carl St.Clair, Alejandro Gutiérrez, Jindong Cai, Uriel Segal y Martín Jorge, entre otros. Dr. Matarrita studied at the University of Costa Rica, the University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University. His teachers include Higinio Fernández, María Clara Cullell, Mary Ann Bulla and Constance K. Carroll. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the School of Music at the University of Costa Rica, where he served as Chair of the school from 2013 to 2017. He has also independent graduate studies in Cultural Management and Cultural Journalism at FLACSO (Latin American School of Social Sciences)

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