Our Collaborative Piano Faculty

Even though the term Collaborative Pianist is a recent invention, pianists have performed alongside other musicians for centuries. In our field, there are legendary professionals who have championed and expanded the meaning of this art. We are proud to welcome several of them to CPI 2018, alongside emerging professionals. Click to check them out!

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Rita Sloan, piano

Rita Sloan is acknowledged internationally as a leading teacher of piano, collaborative piano and chamber music. In 1999, she was appointed a piano faculty member and director of the collaborative piano program at the University of Maryland. As an Artist Faculty Member at the Aspen Music Festival, Rita Sloan founded their Collaborative Piano Program. She […]

Martin Katz, piano

“The gold standard of accompanying.” New York Times “Martin Katz must surely be considered the dean of collaborative pianists,” said the Los Angeles Times. As one of the world’s busiest collaborators, he has been in constant demand by the world’s most celebrated vocal soloists for four decades. In addition to Mr. Blumberg, he has appeared […]

Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly, piano

Kathleen Kelly’s 2017-18 season features two notable return journeys. She’ll be back at Carnegie Hall with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton; their recital at Zankel Hall in December as part of a six-city tour. In June, Kathleen will return to San Francisco’s Merola program, where she was an apprentice coach, to conduct the Schwabacher concerts. She’ll also […]

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Howard Watkins, piano

American pianist Howard Watkins is a frequent associate of some of the world’s leading musicians both on the concert stage and as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed in numerous recitals and concerts throughout the Americas, Europe, Russia, Israel, and the Far East. In recent seasons, he has appeared in concert […]

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Timothy Lovelace, piano

Pianist Timothy Lovelace heads the Collaborative Piano program at the University of Minnesota and is an active recitalist, having been featured at Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecilia Meireles, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and on chamber music series sponsored by the symphony […]

Marie-France Lefebvre

Marie-France Lefebvre, piano

Marie-France Lefebvre works regularly as a guest assistant conductor at major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. She was a member of the full time Music Staff of the Washington National Opera from 1994-2004. She has worked with Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera, and was the program […]

Christopher Turbessi

Christopher Turbessi, piano

Christopher Turbessi is a freelance collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and conductor based in Houston. In the 2016-2017 season he conducts Camelot for the Opera Institute at Augusta University, coaches L’Opera Seria at the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Carmen at Opera Santa Barbara, Lucia di Lammermoor at Utah Opera, and serves as Music Director and Conductor […]

Elena Abend, piano

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, pianist Elena Abend is well known as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with all the major orchestras of her country as well as recording with the Orquesta Philharmonica Nacional of Venezuela. A scholarship recipient from the Venezuelan Council for the Arts, Ms Abend received her Bachelor and Master […]

Ana Maria Otamendi

Ana Maria Otamendi, Artistic Director, piano

After finishing her two-year tenure as Studio Artist at the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, as well as the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, Ana Maria Otamendi is now the Head Vocal Coach of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. During the summers, she is Head Coach and Conductor for the […]

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Elena Lacheva, Program Director, piano

Currently a Vocal Coach at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center, Elena Lacheva was involved with the productions of The Crucible by Robert Ward, Manon by Massenet, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and the Houston premiere of Anna Karenina by David Carlson. During her previous season at MOC, she prepared the productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann, Gianni […]