Colombian pianist and music teacher Blanca Uribe is an icon in the Colombian and the global landscape of classical music. She is well known for her performances of the piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven and the Suite Iberia by Isaac Albeniz, among other important works of the piano repertoire.
Since the beginning of her career with the Colombian Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11, she has performed at many of the most important music concert halls in the United States, Latin America and Europe, in recital or as soloist with renowned orchestras.
In the United States she won the first prize in five different contests, among them the Nafziger prize in 1956. In 1959 she took part for the first time in an international competition in Vienna and was awarded the Elena - Rombro - Stepanow prize. That same year, as the only woman finalist, she won the Gold Medal in the Geneva International Music Competition.
Her recording of Isaac Albeniz's Suite Iberia and Joaquin Turina's Fantastic Dances met with high critical praise, as did her performance of Piano Concerto No. 1 by American composer Richard Wilson, which she played with the Boston Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein.
In 1977 she played the complete cycle of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas both in Bogota and Medellin, until then an unprecedented feat in the Colombian environment; she later repeated the performance in Colombia in 1986 and the United States in 1997. On two occasions she played the cycle of Beethoven's 5 piano concertos, first with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra and later with the Colombian Symphony Orchestra.
Thursday, 11 January 2018
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