Artist Profiles: Claudia Calderón

Claudia Calderón

Colombian pianist and composer Claudia Calderón was born in Palmira, Colombia in 1959. She moved to Venezuela in 1987.

She has specialized in performing music from the Venezuelan and Colombian traditional sources, as well as performing classical, romantic and contemporary piano repertoire, often playing her own compositions. Based on traditional harp music, Claudia Calderon’s folkloric piano music preserves and promotes the ethnic music of the mountains, plains and coasts of Venezuela and Colombia.

After studying in her native Cali and Bogotá , she graduated in piano performing at the Musikhochshule in Hanover, Germany. She also studied courses in Italy under pianist Gyorgy Sandor and composition Professor Diether De La Motte.

Claudia Calderón has held teaching positions in several Venezuelan Institutions such as Conservatory and the IUDEM, in Caracas.

She has also developed musicological research in Colombian and Venezuelan ethnic music, at the FUNDEF Institute in Caracas, and has published several papers on the specific subject of Colombian and Venezuelan harp music and joropo. She has produced and published the first complete and exact set of transcriptions of Joropo harm music from different historic ethnomusicological recordings, setting a new standard in the studies of this relatively unknown genre.

Mrs. Calderón has toured extensively in solo and chamber music formations in Colombia, Venezuela, England, France, Germany, South Africa and Mexico.

Discography:

El Piano Llanero​ (Fundación Bigott, 2001)
Piano de Pedro Morales Pino​ (Banco de la República, 2004)
El Piano Llanero II​ (Fundación Bigott, 2007)
Piano Xarocho​ (Fundación Arpamerica, 2011)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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