Octavio Gutierrez, director for keyboard studies
Octavio Gutierrez, born in Mexico, began his musical training at the age of five with his uncle David Gutierrez, professor. Showing talent at an early age, Octavio appeared with the University of Guanajuato Symphonic Orchestra at age 15, where he performed Piano Concerto No. 2 for orchestra and piano by Ludwig von Beethoven. Guest-starring with symphony orchestras on many occasions, Octavio performs Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin, among others.
Octavio won the National Competition of Music, receiving the “Premio Nacional de la Juventud,” as presented by the then-president of Mexico, Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado. Octavio was also awarded the prestigious Rotary International Foundation Scholarship, which allowed him to continue his musical studies at the University of North Texas, where he won the UNT student music scholarship competition.
While in college, Octavio trained in master classes with prestigious professors and pianists such as Igor Lebedev and Dr. Steve Harlos and studied under the direction of Vladimir Viardo, winner of the International Van Cliburn Competition. Octavio is proud to study under his university professor Adam Wodnicki, a three-time winner of the National Piano Chopin Competition of Poland.
Octavio attended high school on full scholarship at the Instituto Technologico de Monterrey, “Tech de Monterrey,” and graduated a year early with magna cum laude honors. At 17, Octavio was accepted to the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, where he studied under the direction of one of the most prestigious music professors in Mexico, Maria Teresa Rodriquez. Graduating magna cum laude, Octavio completed his higher education at UNT with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Octavio is the director of piano studies at Brookhaven College and was promoted to chair of the Brookhaven College School of the Arts Music Department in 2012.
- Primary Fields
- Applied Piano
- Piano Class
- Keyboard Ensemble
- Music Literature
- Music Appreciation
- Contact Info
- Building D, Room D105