Carlos Vargas

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Pianist Carlos Vargas’s performances have taken him throughout the United States, South America, and Europe, in venues such as Teatro el Circulo (Argentina), Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santodomingo (Colombia), Sala Eduardo Brito (Dominican Republic), and Wiener Saal (Austria), among others.

A native of the Dominican Republic, he began his studies at a young age with renowned Cuban pianist and pedagogue Karelia Escalante. Since a young age Vargas has been an active participant and winner of national and international competitions, receiving the Manuel Rueda award in year 2005 in the Festival of Latin-American Music celebrated in his country. Other prizes include third prize in The Steinway Competition of Massachusetts, second prize in The Churchill Scholarship Competition, and second prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Competition.

Vargas has a particular interest in developing programs that facilitate musical education to people that because of their social status and economic situation wouldn’t be able to receive this type of training. For this reason he was been awarded since 2008 a Grant by the Boston Public Library that allowed him to create a piano program in which dozens of kids are able to receive lessons in piano and theory for free.

In 2012 Carlos Vargas co-founded with Colombian violinist Jose Romero Macondo Chamber Players, an organization that brings together established and emerging artists from Latin-America and the world to perform chamber music, teach young people, and encourage international understanding. Since its creation, Macondo Chamber Players has given tours in Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Turkey receiving praise from both audiences and the press. 

Vargas was awarded since 2005 the Zitrin scholarship and completed both his B.M. and M.M. at Boston Conservatory on full scholarship under the guidance of Jonathan Bass.


Recent Engagements

  • International Music Festival of Esmeraldas—Faculty (2016)
  • National Symphony of Cuenca—Soloist (2016)
  • Macondo Chamber Players—Tour in Mexico (2016)
  • Macondo Chamber Players—Tour in Turkey (2015)
  • Macondo Chamber Players—Latin American Tour (Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Colombia, 2015)

"Levante" - Osvaldo Golijov - Carlos Vargas, pianist.