Pianist Marianela Torres grew up in Panama and began her musical studies at the Yamaha Early
Childhood Program (Estrellita – Little Star) in Panama City. She earned her B.A. in Music from the
University of Panama, her M.A. in Piano from The City College of New York, and a M.A.T. in Music
Education from Lehman College, CUNY.
Marianela has participated in festivals and workshops such as the International Piano Festival in
Torrelodones by Solomon Mikowsky, the International Keyboard Institute, and Festival at The Mannes
School, and the Music Educators Workshop at Carnegie Hall. She has performed at venues such as
Steinway Hall, The University Club of New York, Hunter College, and the East Harlem Gallery. In 2014 she
received a Performing Arts Fellowship from International House in New York City while being part of a
chamber duo with clarinetist Hila Zamir. The duo won first prize at the first edition of the Manhattan
International Music Competition held at Merkin Concert Hall in 2016.
“I explain to my students how to connect performance, theory, technique, practice, and self-reflection
with creativity. Their feelings of accomplishment and excitement at the end of each lesson or recital
reinforces my ability to transmit my passion for music to each student. For students under six I mainly
use a Kodaly approach to teach basic music concepts through sing-a-longs with rhythmic movements,
and games that include memorization and pattern recognition”.