Costa Rican pianist Juan Pablo Andrade maintains a very active international career as a soloist, recitalist, collaborative pianist, pedagogue, adjudicator and clinician. He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them are the First Prize at the Artlivre International Piano Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil; First Prize in the National Piano Competition in CR; First Prize in the Concert of Soloists Competition at Arizona State University; First Prize at the UNCG Concerto Competition and Second Prize in the University of Costa Rica Concerto Competition.
He has performed as soloist with the South Bend Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the UNCG Symphony, the ASU Symphony, the Central American Symphony, the Bolivian National Symphony, the Costa Rican Youth Symphony, and in many occasions with the Costa Rican National Symphony. Recent performances include his return to the Costa Rican National Symphony with Mozart Concerto No. 26, and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Powder River Symphony. As a recitalist he has appeared throughout the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Spain. Many of his performances have been recorded and broadcasted by the Phoenix Classical Radio Station KBAK, Costa Rican University Radio and Costa Rican National Television. He is also a very active chamber musician and some of the musicians he has collaborated with include Margaret Lattimore, Kenneth Grant and Bonita Boyd. In addition, he is a member of the violin-piano duo Andrade-St-Pierre, with Canadian violinist Frederic St-Pierre with whom he has offered concerts in the US, Canada and Costa Rica.
In the year 2000 he was awarded the National Prize of Music, one of the highest recognitions given to a musician by the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture. Andrade obtained the Bachelors and Licenciatura in Music degrees from the University of Costa Rica in San José; the Masters of Music from Arizona State University, an Artist Diploma from Indiana University-South Bend and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
His teachers include Gerardo Duarte, Robert Hamilton, Alexander Toradze and John Salmon. He has served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Idaho State University, Lecturer of Piano at UNCG, and is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in Brownsville. Dr. Andrade is also on faculty at the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy.