An ardent, multifaceted artist with an extensive musical trajectory, Silvia Santinelli began her piano studies in her native Mexico. At the age of seven, she was taken under the tutelage of pianist and composer Robert Avalon to study and begin her musical career in the United States. At the age of twelve, she made her debut as a soloist with the San Antonio Symphony playing the Beethoven C Major Piano Concerto. Hailed by the San Antonio Express News as a “musician of great depth”, she continues to dazzle audiences in concert, whether in solo, chamber, or duo performances. She is Co-Founder, Artistic, and Education Advisor of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.
Aside from many appearances in Mexico and the United States, Silvia’s performances have taken her to concert halls worldwide, including the Chopin International Music Festival in Marianske-Lazne, Czech Republic; the International Piano Festivals at both Valle di Blenio, Switzerland, and Óbidos, Portugal; the French International Piano Festival at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris; and the Rachmaninoff World Piano Seminar in Tambov, Russia, where she captivated audiences with her performance of Maurice Ravel’s La Valse.
Highlights of her most recent engagements include performances at the International Piano Festival in Óbidos, Portugal; the 85th season of the Tuesday Musical Club Artist Series in San Antonio, Texas; the Griffin Concert Hall, Colorado State University School of the Arts; the salon concert series for the San Antonio International Piano Competition; and several performances with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, where she championed the rarely heard Sinfonia da Camera by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. She frequently collaborates with COSA concertmaster Francisco Fullana. Dr. Santinelli also specializes in and features the piano repertoire of Spain, in particular the music of Manuel de Falla. She continues to present selections of his music in concert to educate audiences about compositional elements and development as influenced by sociopolitical, cultural, and musical currents of de Falla’s time.
In addition to receiving multiple awards and recognitions throughout her formative years, Silvia has been featured in various television and radio broadcasts, including KWEX (Univision), Televisa, Texas Public Radio, National Public Radio, and KMFA (Classically Austin), which featured her performance of the Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kevin Noe.
Silvia is the first prize winner of the Mexican National Piano Competition, the San Antonio Symphony Young Artist Award Competition, the MTNA Solo and Concerto Performance Competitions, the San Antonio Contemporary Piano Solo Competition for six consecutive years; and laureate of the Tuesday Musical Club Competition, the Corpus Christi International Concerto and Piano Solo Competition, and the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition.
Aside from her concert career, Dr. Santinelli dedicates time to music education. She keeps a select private studio in San Antonio, Texas. She has served at the University of Texas in Austin and Clavier-Werke School of Music, and she has imparted master classes at the Universidad Autonoma de Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Her involvement as Co-Founder of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio has allowed her the opportunity to unveil a Steinway D concert piano and thus provide for the underserved community of Edgewood in San Antonio with access to highly artistic performances through CMI, COSA’s Music Institute, another one of her architectures for which she collaborates as pianist.
With the Marjory Powel Zachary Keyboard Endowment from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Silvia earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance under Busoni winner Valeri Grokhovski, while receiving additional interpretive instruction from the late professor Alexander Alexandrov of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. She is also the recipient of the FONCA/CONACULTA Grant sponsored by Fulbright in Mexico and a Teaching Assistantship from the University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a Doctorate in Musical Arts with internationally acclaimed pianist Anton Nel.