Venezuelan pianist Alejandro Orta is a junior piano major at the Ohio University School of Music and Honors Tutorial College where he is a student of Professor of Piano Dr. Christopher Fisher. He is a laureate of many competitions both in the United States and in his home country. Recent prizes include first place in the 2021 Graves/OhioMTA Young Artist Competition and Senior Division winner of the 2021 Ohio University School of Music High School Concerto Competition, in which he performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Concerto with the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra. He has played in master classes of celebrated pianists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, George Li, Henry Kramer, and Dominic Cheli.
In 2008, at the age of eight, Alejandro began is piano studies with Professor Elizabeth Guerrero and music theory with Zuleyma Somaroo in Juan José Landaeta National Conservatory of Music, where he also completed his third year of choral activity in the “Adda Elena de Sauce Children’s Choir”. There he cultivated his passion and love for music, playing concerts and recitals. Alejandro participated in the second level of the XI Silvia Eisenstein National Piano Competition where he won first prize, Best Sonatina Performance Award, Best Venezuelan Work Performance Award in 2011. He played in La Fete de la Musique (sponsored by the French Embassy) in 2010 and 2013.
At the age of 13, he continued his piano studies with Professor Carlos Urbaneja Silva at the Mozarteium Caracas School of Music. There he took classes in music history, harmony, musical analysis, art history, and auditory training with Professors Edwardo Plaza, Eduardo Lecuna, Luis Felipe Barnola, and Maria Grazia. He participated in the fifth level of the XIII Silvia Eisenstein National Piano Competition where he received the second prize in 2016.
He was selected to participate in three seminars of the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela held at “Las Taritas” farm in order to begin an international tour with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in 2017. Alejandro has performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 with the National Philharmonic Orchestra (Venezuela) and conductor Daniel Gil, followed by performances of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 and Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Municipal Orchestra of Caracas under the baton of Maestro Rodolfo Saglimbeni. He has performed in all of the major concert venues in Caracas including the José Félix Ribas Concert Hall of the Terese Carreno Theater, Humboldt Cultural Association, BOD Cultural Center, Anna Julia Rojas Hall (Unearte), Villa Planchart, Museum of Colonial Art of Venezuela, Transport Museum “Guillermo José Schael”, among others.