Daniel Eras ’16

Daniel Eras ’16 has garnered numerous prizes and recognitions for performances in his native Costa Rica, Europe, the United States, and Russia, including six performances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He left Costa Rica in 2013 to finish his high school education and continued his pianistic career at Shattuck-St. Mary’s under the instruction of Alexander Braginsky, professor of music at the University of Minnesota.

Success following success has continued for Daniel, as he won First Prize in the prestigious Schubert Club Scholarship Competition in 2015 and in 2017, finished first in the high school division, and later in the college division. Also, in 2015 he won the highly coveted Las Vegas First Prize and the Chopin Prize for the best performance of a Frederic Chopin work at the MTNA National Senior Piano Competition. Other acknowledgements include winning Third Prize in the 4th International Piano Competition of Slavic Music in Paris, Second Prize in the 33rd Ithaca College Piano Competition, and being selected as the feature artist in the International Academy of Music Festival 2015 in Italy.

Daniel has been honored to also perform in masterclasses with such renowned artists as Jan Michiels, pianist and professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Dr. Ana Maria Trenchi Botazzi, pianist and professor of The Botazzi School of Music, Dr. Bruno Botazzi, pianist and professor of The Botazzi School of Music, Dr. Victoria Mushkatkol, pianist and professor of the Juilliard School, and Professor Ala Bendoraitiene from Ciurlionis National Academy of Music.

Currently, Daniel is a student at the University of Minnesota. He is working toward several performances and competitions both in and out of the country, with a repertoire that includes works from J.S. Bach up to present artists such as Alberto Ginastera.

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