The Steinway Society
of Puerto Rico Award
All festival participants will have the opportunity to enter a competition for the
Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Award.
This award includes an invitation to play on the Steinway Society's 2018-2019 season, travel to the island, accommodations at the Gallery Inn of Old San Juan, and a cash prize.
To be considered for the award the participant must play two contrasting works not to exceed 18 minutes. Participants will sign up during the week of the festival and the competition for the award will be combined with the final concerts on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 in the Junior Soto Recital Hall. There will be an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the Sunday afternoon concert.
2018 Jury Members
Internationally renowned for both a brilliant technique and a distinct musical personality, pianist Susan Starr has performed to packed houses and critical acclaim throughout the world since receiving the silver medal in 2nd Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.
Ms. Starr has appeared in recital and with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras in Russia, Asia, Europe, South America and throughout the United States. Appearances include with the Philadelphia Orchestra on countless occasions, as well as with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony and the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, among numerous others.
Jorge Luis Prats
He continued his higher piano education in Paris in Vienna with Magda Tagliaferro and Paul Badura-Skoda. At the age of 21, Jorge Luis won the first prize at the prestigious Concours Marguerite Long – Jacques Thibaud in Paris as well as the special award of best interpretation of works by Ravel and Jolivet.
Jorge Luis Prats has toured Europe, Latin America, China, Japan and Korea and has played with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony. In Mexico, he has performed with the Mexico City Orchestra, the Ofunam Orchestra and the Jalapa Orchestra and in South America with the Columbia Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and Caracas Municipal Orchestra.
Félix Rivera Guzmán
Puerto Rican pianist Félix Rivera Guzmán had his debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and has since built a concert career characterized by his wide-ranging repertory and his intense interpretations. As an active chamber musician and solo recitalist, Rivera Guzmán has concertized in the United States, Italy and the Caribbean. Daniel Thompson, from the New York Concert Review, wrote that “Rivera Guzmán is a very accomplished pianist who not only performs well as a technician but, more importantly, as a sensitive musician...”
The artist began his formal studies with Cecilia Talavera at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and continued with the legendary Jesús María Sanromá. He then went to study at The Juilliard School where he completed his bachelor's and master's degree under the guidance of György Sándor, Béla Bartók’s most prestigious student. Later on he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami, where he worked with the late Ivan Davis. His doctoral dissertation is devoted to the interpretation of the piano danzas of the Puerto Rican composer Juan Morel Campos. Rivera Guzmán has a varied discography that includes, among other recordings: Ensueño: Piano Recital by Félix Rivera Guzmán, and Caribe-Oboe, Puerto Rican music for oboe and piano with oboist David Bourns.