Get to know Ana María's biography, background, and current projects, including the Collaborative Piano Institute and the Reverón Piano Trio.
Meet Ana María Otamendi
Since her orchestral debut at age twelve, Venezuelan pianist and "stunning musical force" Ana María Otamendi has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and conductor with renowned orchestras and at important venues such as Chicago Symphony Hall, Spivey Hall, Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Salzburg Domesaal, Megaron Mousikis Concert Hall (Athens), Parco de la Musica (Rome), Teatro Arcimboldi (Milano), as well as many other venues in Austria, Panama, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, United States, Spain, Italy, and Greece. Over 300 collaborative performances with renowned artists such as Donald Sinta, Michelle DeYoung, Paul Groves, Ana María Martinez, Alexis Cárdenas, members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Orchestra, Dallas Symphony and Opera Orchestras, and many more.
After finishing her two-year tenure as Studio Artist at the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, as well as the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, she became the Head Vocal Coach of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. Currently, she is the Janice Harvey Pellar Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano at Louisiana State University and Co-Artistic Director of the Collaborative Piano Institute, an intensive three-week summer program devoted to collaborative pianists, that counts with stellar faculty, such as Martin Katz, Rita Sloan, Warren Jones, Anne Epperson, Kathleen Kelly, Marie-France Lefebvre, and Howard Watkins, among others.
Ana María is pianist and founding member of the Aelia Duo (with pianist Elena Lacheva), and the Reverón Piano Trio, a Venezuelan ensemble devoted to the standard, modern, and Latin American piano trio repertoire managed in society Halac Artists - Meluk Kulturmanagement. Her recordings of Latin American chamber music and art songs with IBS Classical and Centaur Records have received unanimous praise.
She is a regular guest artist, guest speaker, and teacher at different Universities in the United States and abroad such as New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Yale, Cambridge, Universidade de Sao Paulo and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil), Mahidol University (Thailand), University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, the University of South Carolina, and many more. Ana María holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin, an Artist Certificate from the University of South Carolina where she worked with the renowned pianist Marina Lomazov, and a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan, where she studied with world-class collaborative pianist Martin Katz. In 2021 she won the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan, as an artist who has greatly contributed to the profession, as well as the Rising Faculty Research Award from Louisiana State University for professional excellence.
She was principal keyboard of the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra (2007–08) as well as Assistant Professor at the University of Musical Studies in Caracas. Besides her musical training, Ana María is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian, and also a Geophysical Engineer. Her thesis was published in the prestigious journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.
Discover her projects:
THE Reverón Piano Trio
The Reverón Piano Trio’s main goal is to introduce audiences to underrepresented music from Latin America alongside contemporary and standard repertoire. These seasoned artists are active promoters of Latin American music through their work as scholars and entrepreneurs, and they have devoted their careers to the discovery, cataloguing, performance, editing, and recording of this rich repertoire. In addition, the trio continues to commission and perform new works: recent collaborations include La Hamaca (2021) and El Ventilador (2022), written for the trio by renowned Venezuelan-American composer Ricardo Lorenz, and the world premiere of Barroqueada (2020) by Grammy-nominated composer Miguel del Águila.
THE COLLABORATIVE PIANO INSTITUTE
Since there wasn’t a single summer program in the United States that was devoted exclusively to this highly specialized field, Ana María helped to found the Collaborative Piano Institute at Louisiana State University to put the spotlight on the needs of the next generation of inspiring collaborative pianists. The goal of the program is to further encourage the passion for partnership by providing guidance, rare insider’s information, and the support of distinguished, as well as emerging artists in the field.
The Collaborative Piano Institute was created by and for collaborative pianists. Now, we are a family of summer music programs: the Vocal Academy, the Collaborative Strings Institute, the Bassoon Intensive, and the Composition Intensive!