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.
Her project "Voices of Mexico Past and Present- Chamber Music of Mexico in the XX and XXI Centuries" was selected by the FONCA (National Foundation for the Arts and Culture) in Mexico and it was awarded a Grant for the recording and presentation of a Double CD of some of Mexico's most prominent composers. The CD will be recorded during several months at WFMT Studios in Chicago and will be released in the Summer of 2015, and presented in different venues in Mexico, Chicago and New York.