Valerio PajonTeacher / Accompanist / Performer
Originally from Medellin, Colmbia, pianist Valerio Pajón began his training in music in 1993 with with Fidel Gaviria. In 2000 he was accepted into the Bachelor’s degree program in Piano Performance at Universidad de Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia) under the tutelage of Maestra Teresita Gomez.
A resident of the United States since 2009, Mr. Pajón holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University (M.M., piano performance) and The University of Southern Mississippi (D.M.A., piano performance, expected December 2017). Notable teachers include Dr. Joel Schoenhals, Dr. Joel Hastings, and Dr. Ellen Elder.
Public performances include: Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Medellin conducted by the Maestro Gustavo Yepes; Banco de la Republica concert series "Jovenes Talentos" in Bogota, Colombia; and, the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F, which Mr. Pajón performed in 2014 as a winner of the William T. Gowen concerto competition.
With almost 20 years of teaching experience in both Colombia and the United States, Mr. Pajón has worked with students of all ages and levels. His goal as an educator is to help students fall in love with the instrument by identifying and celebrating both strengths and weaknesses. He believes that in challenging ourselves musically, we prepare not only for future musical challenges but also for life challenges.