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Oscar Vázquez Medrano
Oscar was born in Mexico City, Mexico. At age 9, he began piano lessons with Gabriel Sierra Finke at Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA, National Institute of Fine Arts) in Mexico City. At age 12, the Musical Initiation Center (CIM) which belongs to The National Autonomous University of Mexico accepted him as a student.
In 2007, he formally entered The National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he took piano lessons until the day he completed his Bachelor’s degree with the acclaimed Mexican pianist Jesus Ma Figueroa. During this period, he not only performed throughout Mexico, but also began his international debut with a series of concerts dedicated to Mexican and Spanish Music in The United States. Oscar has participated in masterclasses given by very important pianists such as Martin Cuellar, Fei-Fei Jiang, Mark Clinton, Slawomir Dobrzanski, Mi-Jung Im, Janka Krajciova, Nikodem Wojciechowski, William Westney, Jorge Federico Osorio, Jean-Paul Sevilla, Marcelo Lian, Alessandra Feris, Jorg Demus, and the pianist from the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic piano quartet, Markus Groh.
In 2016, he received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Kansas State University for two years. This assistantship allowed him to travel to the United States to study for his Master’s degree in Piano Performance with the renowned Polish pianist Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski. In 2018, he was awarded the 2018 Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Small Grant to travel to Hungary and finish his research about Franz Liszt. In 2018, he also had a very successful debut in Europe (Bratislava, Slovakia) by playing Mexican music. Nowadays, he is a member of the Music Teachers National Association. Besides, he is a member of the Honor Society of Pi Kappa Lambda (for musicians) and a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which is the oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society in the United States. Nowadays, Oscar is in the last year of his DMA studies at The Glenn Korff School of Music (Nebraska, Lincoln) under the guidance of the renowned American pianist Dr. Mark Clinton.
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