A member of Movement City Church, Dr. José Pablo Quesada is the co-owner of the Zion Piano Studio, Adjunct Faculty and Director of Operations of PianoTexas International Festival & Academy at Texas Christian University, and Adjunct Faculty at the National University of Costa Rica.
Dr. Quesada joined the Faculty of the National University of Costa Rica in 2008, first as a piano accompanist, and later as a piano instructor and administrator of the Program Pianismo y Proyección Mundial de Costa Rica. Then he joined the Faculty of the TCU School of Music in 2015 as an instructor in musicology, ear training, and Director of Operations of PianoTexas. In the same year, he co-founded the Zion Piano Studio with his wife Dr. Won Yong Lee.
During his career as a pianist, he performed as a soloist with orchestras in Latin America: Millennium Orchestra (Guatemala), Venezuela National Philharmonic, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, Funza Wind Symphony (Colombia), National University Orchestra (Costa Rica), Cartago Symphony Orchestra (Costa Rica), Heredia Symphony Orchestra (Costa Rica), Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra (Venezuela), and De Castella Symphony Orchestra (Costa Rica). These performances include a professional recording as a soloist with the Heredia Symphony Orchestra.
He performed solo recitals, chamber music concerts, lectures, and taught master classes in the USA, Italy, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic; including among them his performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2010.
He received several awards such as: First Prize in the American Protege International Strings and Piano Competition, First Prize in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Performer in PianoTexas International Academy and Festival, Finalist in the PKL Honors Audition Competition, Third Prize in the Primer Concurso Iberoamericano para Jovenes Pianistas (Dominican Republic), Performer in the Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), the F. Howard and Mary D. Walsh Graduate Piano Scholarship (Texas), and the Judith Solomon Award in Vocal Accompanying (Texas).
José Pablo Quesada earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the National University of Costa Rica; his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts Degrees at Texas Christian University. His main teachers were: Dr. Tamas Ungar, Dr. Gerardo Meza, Dr. Alexandr Sklioutovsky, Dr. Luis Monge, and Ludmila Melzer.
BM - National University of Costa Rica
MM- Texas Christian University
DMA - Texas Christian University