Dr. Juan Carlos Rios is a Colombian pianist and educator. Dr. Rios received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from West Virginia University (WVU) studying under Dr. Peter Amstutz. He received both his Bachelor and Master's degree in piano performance from the Universidad Eafit (UE) in Medellin, Colombia. There, Dr. Rios studied under Dr. Blanca Uribe and Teresita Gomez, both known for their distinguished international careers. During his time at both UE and WVU, Dr. Rios has done extensive research on the American composer, Paul Bowles. Please feel free to explore his work on Bowles' piano repertoire under the "Paul Bowles Research" tab.
Dr. Rios has previously been the pianist for the Orquesta Filarmanica de Medellin and has considerable experience as a collaborative pianist both in Colombia and the United States. Dr. Rios has taught as a professor of piano at UE, WVU, Universidad de Antioquia, and various community programs. Dr. Rios has received distinguished honors including the Valery Canady Foundation Scholarship and full scholarship to the Festival International do Inverno in Brazil. He has also been recognized for his performance in premiering new piano works.
Currently, Dr. Rios is performing and teaching in Providence, RI. There, he works as a piano instructor at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School (RIPMS), performs recitals at venues in the New England area, and works as a collaborative pianist both at RIPMS and the Community College of Rhode Island. He is also the music director and organist at The Church of the Redeemer in Providence, RI.