Born in Bogotá, Colombia, into a family of many generations of professional musicians, Blanca Uribe graduated magna cum laude from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Vienna and from the Juilliard School in New York, where she did her postgraduate studies with Martin Canin and Madame Rosinna Lhevinne. Her extensive repertoire ranges from Scarlatti to works of the present. Particularly notable are her interpretations of the complete Iberia Suite of Isaac Albéniz and the 32 Sonatas of Beethoven, which she has performed in cycle on several occasions in South America and at Vassar College, where she held the George Sherman Dickinson Professorship.
Ms. Uribe enjoys a busy career as recitalist, and soloist in Europe, South America and the U.S.A. appearing with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philharmonia of London, the American Symphony, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, and all the principal Orchestras in Colombia, among many others.
Her many honors include the Order of Saint Charles, which she received in 1986 from the President of Colombia and an Honorary Doctorate from the Valle University in Colombia. The City of Camprodón in Spain, birthplace of the composer, presented her with the Isaac Albéniz Medal for her interpretations and recording of the Iberia Suite.
She has given numerous master classes in Colombia, Venezuela, Canada, the U.S., Puerto Rico, South Korea and Spain and has served on the juries of a number of international competitions such as the Gina Bachauer, the William Kapell, the Cleveland and the Van Cliburn in the U.S., the Esther Honens and Montreal in Canada, the Paloma O’Shea, and the Jaén International in Spain, the Beethoven in Vienna, the Axa in Dublin, Ireland, and the Busoni in Italy.
Blanca Uribe is now on the Faculty at Eafit University in Medellín, Colombia.