In reviewing pianist SCOTT CUELLAR’s performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Oberlin Orchestra in 2011, Daniel Hathaway of Cleveland Classical noted that Mr. Cuellar possessed “nerves of steel, a formidable technique, and an architect’s understanding of the structure.” Mr. Cuellar was the First Place winner of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and was the winner of the Krenek Prize for the best performance of a work of Ernst Krenek. He was a prizewinner at the Jefferson Symphony International Artist Competition, the Crescendo Music Awards, and many others. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras, including the Oberlin Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Waring Festival Orchestra, and both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civic Symphonies. He has been heard in venues nationwide, and in 2011 gave a guest artist recital at the Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.
Mr. Cuellar attended the Banff Centre and was invited as a fellow to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. His principal teachers include Alvin Chow and Julian Martin. He has performed in masterclasses with some of the world’s foremost pianists and pedagogues, including Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Jeffrey Kahane, Robert McDonald, Nelita True and several others. Mr. Cuellar holds a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he was the winner of three of the largest prizes offered to piano majors. He is currently a Master of Music candidate at The Juilliard School, where he was nominated to compete in the school’s Gina Bachauer Competition. This Fall, Mr. Cuellar will continue his studies as a doctoral candidate at Rice University, where he will work with Jon Kimura Parker. He is welcomed to his debut appearance at the Newport Music Festival.