Pianist Elizabeth Gutierrez enjoys a diverse career as a performer, teacher, and pedagogue. She currently holds the positions of Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Keyboard Area at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is Piano Editor for Carl Fischer, LLC and the Theodore Presser Company. Previously she served as Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Director of Keyboard Editing for The FJH Music Company.
A native of Texas, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Lita Guerra. Other teachers with whom she has collaborated include distinguished pianists Artur Balsam and Leonard Shure. She performs extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared in recital throughout the U.S. and abroad and has been praised for her “exciting musicianship and thoughtful interpretation”. She is a featured solo recording artist with Euterpe’s Ear,www.the-ear.com, an audio music reference library website, highlighting recorded excerpts of selected piano works drawn from the standard teaching and performance literature.
Ms. Gutierrez is in frequent demand as a lecturer and clinician for workshops, conferences, and master classes in the U.S. and has also given presentations for universities and music teacher organizations in South America. Her piano students at both the pre-college and college levels have received top honors in competitions around the country and several now hold academic positions at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Several of her articles on teaching have been featured in the national music journal, Keyboard Companion, and she is also recognized as a successful composer of educational music for piano students.
An avid researcher and proponent for Latin-American piano music, Ms. Gutierrez is becoming particularly well-known for her discoveries in this field. Many of the attractive pieces from this distinctive literature are now distributed through ALMA Inc. (The Association for Latin-American Music and Art) a company she founded in 1998.