Ana María Orduz
From Colombia to Iowa
Alumna Ana María Orduz, a native of Medellín, Colombia, came to the UI School of Music to earn her MA and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. The reason was simple—the outstanding quality of the piano faculty, including her mentors, Professors Réne Lecuona and Alan Huckleberry.
From Mentee to Professor
Now Ana is mentoring students herself as an associate professor and the piano area chair at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín. She is the founder and director of the Pianissimo Foundation, which organizes concert series, pedagogy workshops, and the largest piano festival and competition in Colombia. She is also an active performer of solo piano and chamber music and has three ensembles, the Orduz-Garcia duo, the Betancur-Orduz duo, and the Ana Orduz & Diego Arango duo.
Ana credits her UI experience for her success. “The University of Iowa gave me the education and professional preparation I needed to get the university job I have,” she says, “and the preparation and inspiration to go beyond and be an active performer and a passionate teacher, and to create opportunities for younger musicians.”
The Iowa Experience Continues
Ana's collaboration with UI faculty has extended beyond her time at Iowa. In 2015, she and Lecuona co-founded the Piano Festival of the Americas, a summer festival that alternates every summer between the UI and the Universidad de Antioquia. In 2017, she had the opportunity to teach and play in Brazil with Huckleberry.
“Being able to teach and perform with my former professors is an extremely meaningful experience,” she says.