BEATRIZ HELGUERA-SNOW, pianist
Born in Mexico City, Beatriz Helguera is an active performer as recitalist, chamber musician and in great demand as a collaborative pianist. She is the founder of the Chicago Pan-American Ensemble, group that engages some of Chicago's finest musicians and performs the traditional repertoire of trios, quartets and quintets with a blend of Latin American and American Music. Her chamber music performances include live performances for WFMT Radio in Chicago. Additionally, she is a member of Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players. She holds a Masters Degree in Piano Performance from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where she received the Meadows Outstanding Achievement Award and the Epstein B'nai Brith Award, and a Concert Pianist Diploma from the Conservatory of Music of Mexico where she graduated with highest honors as a student of eminent pianist Maria Teresa Rodriguez.
In her native México, she was a soloist with the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra (Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes), State of México Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México), Conservatory Orchestra and others and has played numerous solo and chamber music recitals in all major recital Halls of Mexico city. She participated in workshops with pianists Jorg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jorge Bolet, Angelica Morales and many more.
She is also an active teacher for young pianists (see Studio tab). She is part of the Piano Faculty at DePaul University School of Music, Community Division and she also holds a busy private piano studio. She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and CAMTA (Chicago Area Music Teachers Association). She has also being a member of the Faculty at MYA (Midwest Young Artists) for the Summer Young Musicians Chamber Music Program for the last 4 years.
Beatriz and Andrew Snow have 2 children: Elena, mezzo soprano, a graduate from De Paul University in Vocal Performance and Photography, and Alan who is a Violin Performance major at Indiana University in Bloomington.