Julian Castilla - Online Piano Lesson Teacher

Julian Castilla

Piano

Degree: M.M. University of

Southern Florida

Tampa, FL

Overview

Musical Styles

Jazz Piano, Classical Piano

About Julian

An “artist of the sound,” Julián is more than just a pianist. His skillful versatility includes a wide-range of styles, from the classical tradition to Jazz idioms, and Colombian & African musical idiosyncrasy. His experimentation with different musical ideas inspired by the Great Masters of music history, have led him to the joy of musical expression through composition. This addition to his musical skills lets him fully explore musical thoughts with all options at hand, making each performance a truly personal expression through music.

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Julián began his music and keyboard studies at the tender age of four, with one of Colombia’s most important composers and pedagogues, Jaime Torres Donneys, and his wife, Esperanza Valbuena.

Julián earned his Master’s in Piano at the University of Southern Mississippi after which he worked as a Jazz Piano, Big Band conductor, and collaborative pianist in both USM and William Carey University. Julián earned his Bachelor’s in Piano from the Universidad Juan N. Corpas in Bogotá, Colombia. Today, Julián is building its new Jazz department working as a teacher, consultant and educator.

An important part of his musical awareness and on-going pursuit of his craft has been participating in numerous masterclasses at national and international piano festivals, in addition to interacting with many renowned musicians of diverse genres and disciplines such as Blanca Uribe, Bill Summers, Chick Corea, Don Preston, Edoardo Torbianelli, and Lang Lang.

One of his most important projects is Sandujazz, an original Latin Fusion ensemble. The ensemble has released 3 studio albums and has just completed work on a fourth production, following their second tour in the Southern US.

Performance Videos