Carlos Avila


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Filipino-American pianist Carlos Avila is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most sought-after pianists in the United States. He has performed in concert and recital in countries around the world including Germany, Italy, Holland, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Chile and in over half of the continental United States as well as at such prestigious festivals as Schleswig-Holstein, Holland, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest at the Hamptons, Gijon Piano Festival, California Summer Music, Carnegie Hall, Atlantic Music Festival and others.

Mr Avila has won numerous international, national and regional competitions – including top prizes in the 28th International Corpus Christi Competition, the San Francisco Pianist’s Competition, the International Sorantin Competition, and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at Juilliard. He has also had the opportunity to work and study with many legendary musicians including the late Isaac Stern, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, John O’Conor and members of the St. Lawrence, Tokyo, Guarneri, Juilliard, Ying, and Borodin String Quartets.

Mr. Avila has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including filling in for an ailing Stuart Goodyear at 24 hours notice to perform the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 with the California Symphony – "a pinch-hit homerun" according to the San Francisco Classical Voice. As a young musician, he shared a long-time relationship with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in chamber music collaborations, coaching, performances, and events.

Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle says, "[Avila] possesses a nimble keyboard technique, eloquent legato, beautiful command of tone and mood...unruffleable savoir-faire." The Contra Costa Times says "[Avila] performs with poise and a level of artistry that seem far beyond his years."

Mr. Avila is also an avid collaborator with many musicians in recitals and concerts – based in New York City, he frequently collaborates with acclaimed Korean violinist Jay Oh, with whom he recently finished three 16-city tours of South Korea in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Last fall, he gave an all-transcription recital broadcast over WQXR New York radio as part of the McGraw-Hill recital series and last winter, he finished a mammoth long 29-city United States tour with acclaimed Baritone Leon Williams. Also a frequent collaborator with Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic's Michelle Kim, he often participates in the promotion of her Doublestop Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing young musicians with no-cost loans of high-quality instruments. In the spring, he performed in Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s All-Access Chamber series.

Mr. Avila also serves as affiliate-faculty at The Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. He received both his B.M and M.M from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal – previously he was a student at the Yale School of Music under the direction of Peter Frankl. In addition, he also spent three years at UC Berkeley pursuing a Legal Studies degree.