Ana Maria Otamendi

piano, conductor

Since her orchestral debut at age twelve, Ana María has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist at important venues and with renowned orchestras in Austria, Panama, Brazil, the United States, Spain, Italy, and Venezuela.

After finishing her two-year tenure as Studio Artist at the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, she is now the Head Vocal Coach of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston, as well as Music Director, pianist and conductor for different programs at HGOCo. Last summer she was Head Coach and Assistant Conductor for the Franco American Vocal Academy in France (FAVA), where she conducted the show "La Vie Parisienne," as well as coaching and conducting performances of Offenbach's La Belle Hélène. This summer, she plays several chamber music recitals in Caracas, as well as conducts symphonic concerts with some of the Youth Orchestras of El Sistema in Venezuela. Ana Maria is also recording her first album with cellist Jose Gregorio Nieto.

She has won First Prize at all the major Venezuelan piano competitions, as well as the University of South Carolina Concerto Competition and the Ouro Branco Festival Competition (Brazil). Ana María holds a Master's degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin, an Artist Certificate from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctorate in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan, where she studied with renowned pianist Martin Katz.

She was principal keyboardist of the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra (2007–08) as well as assistant professor at the University of Musical Studies in Caracas. Besides her musical training, Ana María is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian, and also a Geophysical Engineer. Her thesis was published in the prestigious journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.

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Short Profile

NameOtamendi, Ana Maria
Born inVenezuela, South America
Home LocationHouston, United States
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Spanish; Castilian,  French,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesUniversity of Michigan, University of South Carolina, University of Wisconsin, Universidad Simon Bolivar
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