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Elizabeth Gutierrez

Elizabeth Gutierrez

Pianist Elizabeth Gutierrez enjoys a diverse career as a performer, teacher, and pedagogue and currently holds the positions of Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Keyboard Area at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to her appointment at UTSA, she served as the Director of Keyboard Editing for The FJH Music Company and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A native of Texas, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Lita Guerra. Other teachers with whom she has collaborated include distinguished pianists Artur Balsam and Leonard Shure. Ms. Gutierrez performs extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., in Mexico and Europe. She is a featured solo recording artist with Euterpe’s Ear, an audio music reference library web site highlighting recorded excerpts of selected piano works drawn from the standard teaching and performance literature.

Ms. Gutierrez is in frequent demand as a lecturer and clinician for workshops, conferences, and master classes in the U.S. and has also given presentations for universities and music teacher organizations in South America. Her articles on teaching have been featured in the national music journal, Keyboard Companion, and she is also recognized as a successful composer of educational music for piano students. Her piano arrangements and compositions are published by The FJH Music Company, for which she also serves as an associate editor.

An avid researcher and proponent for Latin-American piano music, Ms. Gutierrez is becoming particularly well known for her discoveries in this field. Her performances and lectures have been influential in presenting this emerging tradition. Many of the attractive pieces from this colorful literature are now distributed through ALMA Inc. (The Association for Latin-American Music and Art) a company that she founded in 1998.