Peruvian pianist, Giuliana Paola Contreras Ampuero began her musical training at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru. In 2003, she moved to the United States to continue her musical studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the College of Charleston, a Master’s degree in Piano Performance with a Certification in Piano Pedagogy from Carnegie Mellon University, and a second Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano also from Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary teachers include Carmen Escobedo, Elena Ichikawa, Teresa Quesada, Enrique Graf, Luz Manriquez, Mark Carver, and Lucy Mauro.
As a soloist, Ms. Contreras has appeared with numerous orchestras in the United States, Peru, El Salvador, and Colombia including the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru and the South Carolina Philharmonic in the U.S. She has won first prizes in competitions in the U.S. and South America including the Arthur Fraser Piano Competition, the Southeastern Piano Competition, and the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Piano Competition. She was also awarded second prizes at the National Concerto Competition in Peru and the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition in Chile.
Ms. Contreras has performed as soloist and as chamber musician in several music festivals including the International Institute for Young Musicians in Kansas City and Santa Barbara, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, the Claudio Arrau International Piano Festival in Chile, and the Music Fest Perugia in Italy.
As a collaborative pianist, she has performed numerous duo and trio recitals in El Salvador, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Italy, and the United States. In 2006, Ms. Contreras won the South Carolina Music Teacher Association Chamber Music Competition together with the Terranova Piano Trio.
Ms. Contreras is also a dedicated music educator. She has worked as a piano instructor at the Carnegie Mellon Music Preparatory School for over four years. She has also served as a piano instructor of individual piano lessons and group piano classes at the National Conservatory of Music in Peru and at West Virginia University. In December 2017, she will receive her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from West Virginia University.