Mercedes Juan Musotto
Winner of the 2012 Solti Foundation Award, and the 2011 Mozarteum Argentino, Mercedes Juan Musotto, pianist and conductor, is a native of Argentina. She began her piano lessons at the National University of Cuyo’s School of Music. She graduated from the National University of La Plata as a Bachelor of Music in Orchestra Conducting. She furthered her studies at the Teatro Colón Art College, where she received a Master of Music degree in Opera Conducting.
From 2008 to 2012 she worked as a coach and pianist and Assistant Conductor at the Teatro Argentino in La Plata, Buenos Aires, as well as accompanist at the Teatro Argentino’s Opera Studio. She has extensive experience as a pianist, performing in and around Argentina, Italy and Canada. Mercedes has assisted in the conducting, musical coaching and preparation of operas such as Giulio Cesare, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Magic Flute, L’elisir d’amore, Viaggio a Reims, La cenerentola, Nabucco, Don Carlos, Il trovatore, Traviata, Aida, Butterfly, Tosca, Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, Werther, Carmen, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Eugene Onegin, Salome, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Shostakóvich, Tristan und Isolde, Reingold, Pepita Jimenez by Albeniz, Luisa Fernanda, and in local premieres of Argentine Operas like Ainadamar by Golijov among others.
Mercedes has worked alongside international Conductors such as Dante Anzolini, Rodolfo Fischer, Stefan Lano, Carlos Vieu, Mario Perusso, Facundo Agudín, Reinaldo Censabella. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and she is currently Conductor, Chorus Master and accompanist at the Opera Program at Santa Monica College and Music Director, Conductor and Chorus Master with Center Stage Opera.