Myrthala Salazar (Mexico)

6th Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition Jury member


Myrthala Salazar was born in Monterrey, México. She began her studies in piano at the age of five under the guidance of Antonio Ortiz, a very distinguished mexican musician. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Concert Pianism from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).

She continued postgraduate studies at the Ecole Normale Superieur de Paris, Alfred Cortot, under the reknowned pianist France Clidat, in London with the great pianist Louis Kentner, later attending master classes under Gyorgy Sándor, Jorg Demus, and in Santiago de Compostela with Rosa Sabater.

Salazar has performed throughout México, as well as in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, the United States, England, Greece, Italy, Brazil, and the Cayman Islands, among others. She participated in a TV program titled „Pianists of America“, which was transmitted in several cities in the United States.

Myrthala Salazar has been awarded many prizes in the field of music, including The Aguila de Tlatelolco, a medal and diploma for artistic excellence from the Conjunto Cultural Ollin Yoliztli, a prize for musical merit from the Universidad Regiomontana, an Honorable Mention from the Amigos del Obispado, as well as the Civic Merit Award of her home State, Nuevo León. Salazar occupies a very important place in the international concert circuit not only for her piano skills but also as the author of „Concerteatro“ which premiered with the work and life of C. A. Debussy. She is the founder of the internationally acclaimed musical association Parnassós, which organizes concerts, ballets, and individual recitals of world renowned artists in Monterrey, México. In October 2003 Parnassós successfully held its first International Piano Competiton, under the presidency of Salazar, Gyorgy Sándor, and France Clidat.

Salazar keeps very busy as a juror in many international competitions, most recently including the Piano Competition of Spanish Composers in Madrid, The Scriabin Competition, Valsesia and Citta di Cantu in Italy, Princess Lalla Merien in Morocco, Merignac in Burdeos, Andorra, the Qabala in Azerbaijan, and the Chatou International Competition in France, where she now serves as a permanent member of the jury. She has given master classes in Brazil, at the Puigcerda Festival, at the Qabala Festival, and many others. Salazar has recently been engaged with the third National Piano Competition for Young Pianists held in January 2010, the International Piano Competition in October 2010, and the first Pan American Piano Competition in 2011.