Originally from Costa Rica, Carlos Quesada began playing piano at the age of ten. He holds a Diplôme de Concert and a Diplôme d’Enseignement from the Conservatoire Neuchâtelois in Switzerland, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters in Music from the Royal Northern College of Music in England, and a D.M.A in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Carlos has performed in Costa Rica in such prestigious venues as The National Theater and The National Auditorium. He has had numerous concerto appearances with the Costa Rica National Orchestra, playing a range of repertoire from Beethoven to Prokofiev. Abroad, Carlos’s reputation has led to invitations to give recitals in both Europe (Switzerland, England, Norway, Italy, Spain) and the Americas (Argentina, Mexico, United States). Highlights include performances in The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., Steinway Hall, New York, Casa Elizalde’s Auditorium, Spain, and Rossini’s Theater in Gioia del Colle, Italy.
Dr. Quesada has been the recipient of many prizes. In 2000 he was the winner of both the National Contest of Costa Rican Young Soloists and the International Interlochen Concerto Competition in Michigan, USA. He also won second prize at The Pinault International Piano Competition in New York in 2001. More recently, Carlos won first prize in the Pietro Argento competition in Gioia del Colle, Italy. In 2009, his duo was awarded first prize in the Piano Duo Prize competition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Dr. Quesada is currently a freelance musician, collaborates at Texas State University in San Marcos and is part of the faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center. He runs a private piano studio in South Austin and is an active member of the Austin District Music Teachers Association.