American pianist Carlos Gardels has been a student of the piano since age seven, and has since established a multi-faceted career as pianist, teacher, and collaborative artist.
Born in Los Angeles, Carlos presented his concerto debut at age fifteen as soloist in the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto under the direction of Robert Allen Gross in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and has since gone on to appear at numerous festivals and venues across the country, including PianoSummer at New Paltz, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Recent apperances have included the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the Beach Cities Symphony, the Schumann Concerto with the Young Artist's Concert Orchestra, a solo recital at the St. James' series of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and a televised broadcast performance during a week as visiting faculty at the FaceArt Institute of music in Shanghai, China. He has received awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters competition, the Long Island Choral Society, and won scholarships from the Young Musicans Foundation (YMF).
Upcoming for the 2016-17 season include appearances in Talinn, Estonia, Carnegie's Weil Recital Hall, and a solo recital at the Richard Nixon Library.
Mr. Gardels holds a Bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Master's degree from Indiana University. His principal teachers have been Jeffrey Cohen, Evelyne Brancart, and Emile Naoumoff. Additional coaching and masterclasses have included David Dubal, Cyprien Katsaris, John Perry, Vladimir Feltsman, and Daniel Pollack.
An esteemed and versatile teacher, Mr. Gardels is on the faculty of Citrus College in Glendora, CA, where he teaches group piano, musicianship, and applied piano. He additionally runs a private studio of students in Los Angeles, and serves as a frequent juror and evaluator in competitions and examinations. Carlos is also a writer, and has contributed articles on musical topics to such publications as the Huffington Post and Clavier Companion Magazine.