Ana María  Otamendi

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crownover Fellow

Pianist/Coach (Venezuela)

HGO Appearances: HGO Studio artist (2011–13).

About the Artist: Ana María Otamendi coaches three operas this season at HGO (La bohème, Don Giovanni, and Il trovatore) and appears with the HGO Studio in recital at Rienzi and in various other performances. Since her orchestral debut at age twelve, Otamendi has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in Panama, the United States, Spain, Italy, and Venezuela. She has won three important Venezuelan piano competitions as well as the University of South Carolina Concerto Competition and the Ouro Branco Festival Competition (Brazil). Otamendi holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin, an artist certificate from the University of South Carolina, and a doctorate in collaborative piano from the University of Michigan, where she studied with renowned pianist Martin Katz. She was principal keyboardist of the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra (2007–08) as well as assistant professor at the University of Musical Studies in Caracas.