Luis Prado

Luis Prado

Prado was raised in  San Juan, Puerto Rico to a illustrious family of poets and began his musical studies at the age of twelve with Héctor Ledoux. Under his guidance Prado progressed so rapidly that he (1984)  played Mozart's Piano Concerto KV 488 with the Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.

The same year he entered the 
Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico as a piano student and joined the Orquesta de Cámera Padre Antonio Soler which was directed by Ignacio Morales Nieva who insisted that Prado's compositions were played at their regular concerts. In 1986 he won the First Prize at the Jesús Maria Sanromá Piano Competition at this institution with a performance of Beethoven's third piano concerto conducted by Maestro Roselin  Pabón.

Three years later Prado moved to Philadelphia to study composition with Joseph Castaldo and piano with Susan Starr - receiving his first commission for string orchestra. This work, 
Elegy for the Vessels on an Unknown Course received great critical acclaim. The same year he attended the Casals Festival in Prades premiering his Meditation with the violinist Saskia Lethiec.
In 1993 entered the Curtis Institute of Music to stdy with the composer Ned Rorem winning the Alfredo Casella Award and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1996 his one-act opera The Nightingale (after Oscar Wilde's short story) was premiered at the Curtis Opera Studio and repeated the following year in Philadelphia, New York and the following year in Puerto Rico. His first piano trio, Esculturas  received its premiere in Carnegie Hall in 1998 and was repeated in Auditorium du Louvre in Paris in March 1999.

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