Faculty

Ubaldo Diaz-Acosta

Piano (Precollege)

Ubaldo Diaz-Acosta graduated from the Conservatory of Havana and later studied in Barcelona with Maria Canals and Alicia De Larrocha. In New York, he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music de¬¬grees from Manhattan School of Music. He studied with Josephine Megret, assistant of Maestro Claudio Arrau, as well as with Maestro Arrau. He also coached with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, the great piano pedagogue. Professor Schnabel said of Diaz-Acosta that he has “considerable talent for passionate expression and is able to project it” while he “brings out the various characteristics of the music in definite contrasts.” Mr. Diaz-Acosta has given master classes in Central America, the United States, and Europe and served as a judge in many competitions. He has performed in the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, Varna Summer Festival in Bulgaria, and Seville Festival in Spain, among other international festivals, as well as in the United States, Italy, Bulgaria, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. He is considered an expert in working with the relaxation technique and in the quality of the sound. Many of his students have been awarded first prizes in international competitions. Mr. Diaz-Acosta is the founder and director of the Albeniz Institute of Music to develop the music of Spain and Latin America in the United States. He has received the Recognition Award from the mayor of Ávila, the Silver Plate Award from the Amaniel Conservatory Student Association, and an award from the Toledo Conservatory in Spain, as well as an award from the American Scholarship Association. He has taught at Hunter College, SUNY Purchase, Aaron Copland School of Music, and Teachers College of Columbia University. He has taught in Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division since 1980.