Walter Aparicio

Precollege Faculty:
Piano Literature

Known for the warmth and conviction of his performances, pianist Walter Aparicio explores issues of cultural background and identity through his concerts and workshops. Much of his programming includes music that directly references elements of dance, language, and folk traditions.

Walter Aparicio made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall as part of the Artists International Special Presentation Winners’ Series in 2007. His notable New York credits include Symphony Space, the Cell Theatre, Steinway Hall, and Roulette. Outside of the U.S., he has presented performances in Bolivia, Russia, China, and Spain.

An adventurous artist, Walter has participated in performance installations such as Allora & Calzadilla’s Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano. Other ventures have included collaborations with the Nouveau Classical Project (where fashion meets music) and Notes on Fiction, a series where musical references in literature are presented as a fluid reading/concert hybrid.

An active proponent of music by Latin American composers, Walter is committed to introducing rarely heard works to new audiences. His debut album, Aires Indios: Piano Music of Bolivia (MSR Classics), features music by Eduardo Caba, Simeón Roncal, and Marvin Sandi. In 2017, Mr. Aparicio was named to the artist roster of Cayambis Music Press, a leading publisher of works by Latin American composers. As a Cayambis artist, Walter champions and records recent works of the publisher’s composers.

A member of the executive board of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, Walter was Acting President from 2016 to 2019 and currently co-chairs the organization’s 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival. He was formerly Adjunct Instructor at NYU Steinhardt, where he taught keyboard skills and helped develop the curriculum, and piano faculty at Hunterdon Academy of the Arts and Third Street Music School Settlement. Currently, he is faculty at Piano Works in Progress in NYC and Vermont and maintains a thriving private studio in Manhattan. He is also staff accompanist for the Chapin School and Bank Street School for Children.

Walter holds degrees from NYU Steinhardt and Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers include Deirdre O’Donohue, Phillip Kawin, and Robert Durso.


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