Background

Born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, Rosangel Perez began her piano studies at the age of 5. She studied privately under the guidance of several teachers in her native land, showing promise and persistence to excel in her piano studies from an early age. At the age of 12, she and her family left everything behind and migrated to the United States. At the time, her family could not afford piano lessons. Nevertheless, after a brief audition at the University of Miami, the young girl’s talent was acknowledged and she was offered a scholarship to study under the guidance of Dr. Rosalina Sackstein, a former student of Claudio Arrau. Rosangel went through technique training with her for three years, thoroughly working on sound projection. This was a turning point in Rosangel’s career, permanently changing her technique and the way she perceives sound. During this time, she started to grow as a performer and received First Place in the Miami Music Teachers Foundation Competition in the years 2010 and 2011.

Early picture of Rosangel learning "Fur Elise" with her first piano teacher, Merida

Early Education & Awards

Rosangel on the day she graduated from Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College Program

Rosangel playing at Winners' Recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, NY

At the age of 16, Rosangel moved to New Jersey and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Pre-College Program at Manhattan School of Music, NY. She received lessons from world-renowned pianists such as Golda Tatz, Lisa Yui and Horacio Gutierrez. Amongst her accomplishments, she received the Josephine Fry Award (First Place) at the Piano Teachers Congress of New York Honors Program Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall, NY. She also had the opportunity to perform at the Kaufman Music Center, NY, as a result of being awarded Gold Prize in the International Virtuoso Competition.

Rosangel playing at Winners' Recital at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center, NY

University Degrees &Teaching Experience 

Rosangel then moved back to Miami and received a full scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s of Music at the University of Miami under the tutelage of the legendary Santiago Rodriguez, a former student of Adele Marcus, and the brilliant Naoko Takao. During her undergrad years, she grew as an ensemble player, being given the opportunity to perform with all kinds of instrumentalists and large ensembles, such as the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost Wind Ensemble. Her performance opportunities with these ensembles included various concerts at the University of Miami and being part of the CBDNA Conference in Kansas City. Rosangel received the Outstanding Senior Award for Piano Performance upon her graduation.

Rosangel during graduation ceremony at the University of Miami

Bachelor's Degree of Music, Piano Performance

After her undergraduate years, she furthermore pursued a Master's Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Master's of Music Education, with K-12 Certification, at the University of Miami. Rosangel finds great pleasure in teaching piano and has been doing so for 6 years. She has been a faculty member at the Miami Conservatory of Music for two years. She also teaches privately and enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. Her goal is to make learning music an exciting and long-lasting experience, not only shaping the students into better musicians, but also into better human beings. 

Rosangel during graduation ceremony at Florida International University

Master's of Business Administration

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