Join us for a free, informal presentation series featuring UT Dallas Arts and Humanities faculty and special guests as they perform and discuss their craft.
Guest artists Elida Dakoli and Gustavo Tolosa perform piano four-hands music by Robert D. Vandall, Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera and Aleksander Peci.
Born in Albania, Elida Dakoli started playing piano at the age of six. At the age of 16, Ms. Dakoli received a Diploma at the National Piano Competition “Pianisti i Ri”, performing contemporary music. Soon thereafter, she was accepted at the University of Music, Tirana, Albania under Professor Anita Tartari. During her studies, she received the first prize at the International Piano Competition “Music World”, in La Spezia, Italy. She then returned to Tirana, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. At 22, Ms. Dakoli launched her first international tour across Europe. Ms. Dakoli followed with master classes at the Concert Performance Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, under Professors Wolfgang Watzinger and Krassimira Jordan. In 2005 Ms. Dakoli graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Music in Piano Performance. Ms. Dakoli has recently given performances as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Lousiana, Macedonia and Albania, all of which were very well received.
Ms. Dakoli has recently been featured in various magazines and newspapers including Dyrrah, UpBeat, PTG Magazine and CIA Magazine. In January 2011 Ms. Dakoli recorded in Blue Ray DVD/CD for Piano Disc. Elida is continuing her Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at Louisiana State University. Elida Dakoli is a Mason & Hamlin Artist as well as the face and artist for PianoDisc.
Dr. Gustavo Tolosa
Argentine-American pianist, Gustavo Tolosa, is in constant demand as a performer, teacher, master class presenter and competition. He performs an average of fifteen concerts per year as a soloist, chamber music pianist and inter-disciplinary collaborator. Dr. Tolosa specializes in Latin American Music and Contemporary Music and has performed with orchestras in Argentina and throughout the U.S. In January 2012, Dr. Tolosa accepted a faculty position at TWU where he teaches piano to all piano majors; and in 2009, Dr. Tolosa founded Musica For The World, a large urban music school in downtown Dallas. In 2004, Dr. Tolosa was recruited by the Dallas County Community College District to design and implement an Arts Academy at Brookhaven College. Dr. Tolosa holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barry Snyder, Nelita True and Natalya Antonova. While in Rochester, he taught music classes at the Eastman School of Music and private piano at the Hochstein School of Music. Dr. Tolosa holds a Masters in Music degree from the University of Redlands where he was in charge of starting a community music program. In Argentina he studied piano with Maestro Emilio Alessio for fifteen years.
Dr. Tolosa is also the Founder and Executive Director Musical Angels, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide music classes and lessons to hospitalized children at all of Dallas’ children’s hospitals. Dr. Tolosa is guiding the organization to expand nationally in 2013, bringing the healing power of music to hospitalized children all over the United States.