Aida Olarte – Piano
Aida Olarte, a native of Colombia, is a doctoral student in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University with Russell Ryan. Aida earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University in the piano class of Natasha Snitkovsky, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, where she was one of the piano faculty at the City Music Center.
Also, She was the music director for Hebron Presbyterian Church (Clinton, PA) for about five years. Aida was the choir director as well as the pianist for the church.
In 2016, she received a full fellowship award to pursue an Advanced Music Studies Certificate for the Collaborative Piano Program at Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, she was selected to be one of the Resident Artist Pianist, for the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Summer festival.
She earned an Associate in Arts from Miami Dade College (Miami, FL). She has served as an accompanist for the Percussion Ensemble at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), Symphony Orchestra at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), Wind Symphony at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), Coro Latino Americano (Pittsburgh, PA), Undercroft Opera (Pittsburgh, PA) and went on tour with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (USA).
In 2013, she was a finalist in the 2014 Women’s Advisory Board Competition.
She is also a member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Aida was a soloist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Cundinamarca (Bogotá, Colombia) and in 2015 with Orquesta Filarmónica de Cali (Cali, Colombia). She has also participated in master classes coached by outstanding pianists such as Barbara Nissman, Eugene Alcalay, Christopher Guzman, David Allen Wehr, Mark Zeltser, Jae Hwang.
Aida is passionate about helping students develop enthusiasm for playing piano, teaching them to respect their teachers and peers, and cultivating a genuine and long lasting love for music. She has learned that compassion, communication, and encouragement are just as essential to imparting musical knowledge as technical skill.
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