Isabel Pérez Dobarro
Isabel Pérez Dobarro is a pianist and Ph.D. candidate at NYU Steinhardt, where she started teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at age 19. She holds a Professional Studies degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a master’s degree from NYU Steinhardt and a bachelor’s degree from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. Isabel is a member of the Executive Board of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York and co-chair of its Honors Program. She is the UN Focal point at the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, President of the Beta Pi Chapter at the International Honors Society in Education Kappa Delta Pi, and the Western European Representative of the Fair Air Coalition. She is also part of the UNWTO Honorary Committee for the Conference “The Way of Saint James and the SDGs,” along with their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, the Prince of Liechtenstein, among others. She obtained a J.D. in law from UNED and has completed courses in U.S Law and Methodologies courses at NYU SPS and the SDG Academy. She is currently studying International Relations at Harvard University, where she previously completed the Harvard Business CoreX program. She has been selected as one of the most influential Galicians by the newspaper El Correo Gallego.
Antoni Pizà is the Director of the Foundation for Iberian Music at the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation of The Graduate Center (CUNY). He has taught music history at Hofstra University (Long Island, N.Y.), The City College, John Jay College of The City University of New York, and the Conservatori Superior de Música i Dança de les Illes Balears. A member of the editorial board of Music in Art, Catalan Review, Papeles de música de Cádiz, and Itamar, his interests include Spanish and Latin American music as well as biographical studies and criticism. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Antoni Literes: Introducció a la seva obra *Palma de Mallorca: Edicions Documenta Balear, 2002) and Francesc Guerau i el seu temps (Palma: Documenta, 2014 ).
American pianist Douglas Riva has gained international recognition for his profound knowledge of Spanish music and no less an authority than the distinguished Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge has described him as an exceptional pianist. Douglas Riva’s interpretations of the works of Enrique Granados have earned him his reputation as today’s leading exponent of Granados’ piano music. His recordings for Naxos of the complete piano works of Granados, comprising 231 works including 102 World Premiere recordings, have won worldwide critical acclaim. Douglas Riva is the Assistant Director of the eighteen-volume critical edition of the Complete Works for Piano of Enrique Granados, directed by Alicia de Larrocha and published by Editorial Boileau, Barcelona. In November, 2016 the Complutense University, Madrid, published his critical edition of the complete orchestral works by Granados, including the first publication of 8 works. Mr. Riva recorded one of these works, Elisenda, with the City of Granada Orchestra, directed by Cristóbal Soler, for Deutsche Grammophon. Mr. Riva has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and numerous festivals in Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Holland, and the United States. He gave the first American performance of a newly discovered Scarlatti sonata at the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the world première of Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano. Granados’s long-lost masterpiece Cant de les estrelles for piano solo, organ and choruses was performed for only the second time in history by Douglas Riva and the Voices of Ascension, directed by Dennis Keene in 2007. The Naxos recording of the première performance, Song of the Stars, was nominated for a GRAMMY award.