Teresita was born in Medellin in 1943 and began her musical education as a pianist at the age of four at the Institute of Fine Arts under the direction of Marta Agudelo and Anna María Penella.
She studied piano with Tatiana Goncharova at the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia (1959-62) and later with Harold Martina at the Conservatory ofthe University of Antioquia (1964-66), where she graduated "summa cum laude" as Concert Pianist and Piano Teacher. The National University of Colombia awarded her the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa, the highest distinction granted by this institution. Om 2005 she was awarded the Order of Boyaca in recognition of her 50 years of artistic activity.
She was a member of the Colombian Ensemble of Contemporary Music, the Frank Preuss Trio and the Bogotá Quintet; she was the pianist for the Medellin Opera (1971-72) and the Colombian Opera (1975-81); she participated in various editions of the Bach Festival inBogota and Medellin, as well asin the Popayan Religous Music Festival; in addition toinnumerable performances with all the important Colombian orchestras, she was invited to perform with the Jeleniej Górze Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tadeusz Wcherek, as guest pianist #2.
In 1970, as soloist of the Colombian Symphony Orchestra, she performed the world premiere of the secondcon certo for piano and orchestra dedicated to Colombia by Italian composer Carlo Jachino. She has taught piano at the Fine Arts Institute of Medellin and the Universities of Caldas, Cauca, EAFIT, los Andes and Antioquia.
As cultural attaché of the Embassy of Colombia in the former Democratic Republic ofGermany (1983-87) she carried out an important effort of introducing the works of some of the most relevant Colombian composers. She has been invited to represent Colombia in numerous international artistic competitions and events.