Owner/Artistic Director/Piano Instructor
Pianist Elisa Galleano was born in Brazil and began playing the piano and violin in her childhood. She pursued her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. As a graduate student, Elisa moved to Europe and received an award from the Rotary Club in Germany to pursue her Master’s degree at the acclaimed State College of Music in the city of Karlsruhe. She finished her degree Suma Cum Laude in piano performance. In 2012, Elisa began her studies at the Louisiana State University in the piano performance doctoral program and concluded her degree in July 2016. Throughout her academic years, she had the privilege to study with pianists André Pires, Celina Szrvinsk, Michael Uhde, Jan Grimes, and Willis Delony.
After winning several competitions in Brazil and Latin America, Elisa was invited to perform at the Musikhoschule Karlsruhe, in celebration of Brazil’s 500 hundred-year Jubilee playing works exclusively by Brazilian composers. The concert received the following critique in the German newspaper Badische Zeitung: “The Toccata by Ronaldo Miranda, played by the pianist Elisa Galeano, had an extraordinary effect in the audience. Elisa let the work shine in its splendor of colors.” Since returning from Europe, she has been performing around the country and abroad recitals in the Sommer-Akademie Lenk Festival, Switzerland; Rio Folle Journée Mozart à Francesa, Rio de Janeiro; International Concert Season in São Paulo; Concert Series in the Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasília-DF; and many performances broadcasted in Brazilian television.
As a collaborative pianist, Dr Elisa Galeano worked at the Minas Gerais State University and Federal University of Sao Joao del Rei in Brazil. In her almost twenty years of piano teaching experience in Europe and South America, Elisa has developed a strong teaching method that utilizes improvisation and musicality as tools to develop instrumental technique.