Dr. Jovanni-Rey de Pedro, visiting assistant professor of music at Millsaps College, will make his Carnegie Hall debut on March 31 after receiving a first-place award at the 2013 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition.
A California native, he holds a Konzert Diplom (with auszeichnung) from the Vienna Conservatory in Austria where he spent six years as a scholar of the ASCAP/Leiber and Stoller Foundation, a Master of Music from Trinity College of Music in London, and a doctoral degree in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Michigan.
He has worked with pianists Robert Ward, Aries Caces, Gerhard Geretschlaeger, Yonty Solomon, Mikhail Kazakevich, Deniz Gelenbe, and Louis Nagel, and coached with Menahem Pressler, Martino Tirimo, and Pierre Laurent Aimard. He pursued additional studies in pedagogy with John Ellis and collaborative piano with Christopher Harding and Eugene Asti.
His career has taken him to concert venues and musical institutions in Asia, across North America, Australia, and Europe. Through benefit and outreach recitals, he has helped raise more than $75,000 for various community, educational, religious, and non-profit organizations.
He teaches applied piano, class piano, and piano pedagogy at Millsaps.