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. During his years of study, Carlos played in masterclasses with pianists such as Gyorgy Sandor, Peter Nagy, Arcady Aronov, Edith Fischer, Paul Badura-Skoda, Louis Lortis, Philippe Cassard, Nelson Goerner and Paul Roberts.
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.
Over the past several years, Carlos has been a frequent recitalist at various summer festivals in Switzerland. These include appearances at Les Jardins Musicaux, Usine Sonore and the Semaine International de Piano where he appeared as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician.
Dr. Quesada is currently a freelance musician and collaborates with the voice faculty at Texas State University in San Marcos.