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Andrea Arese-Elías

Adjunct Faculty, Piano


College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Andrea Arese-Elías
Phone: 937-229-3936
FH 477


  • M.A. and DMA, Piano Performance, University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., National University of Cordoba


Andrea Arese-Elías was born in Cordoba, Argentina, and has performed extensively as a solo and chamber musician in countries which include Argentina, Mexico, El Salvador, Japan, Italy, Bulgaria, South Korea and the United States. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with renowned artists such as Andres Cardenes, Stephen Balderston, Robert Spring, Rafael Figueroa and Susan Salm.

She has performed as a soloist with the Cordoba Symphony Orchestra (Argentina), the Pleven Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), Cincinnati’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Symphony in the Valley and the Grand Junction Symphony, among others.

She has won many awards, prizes and scholarships. Among them, J. S. Bach National Piano Competition (Argentina), Trelew’s National Piano Competition, Cordoba’s Municipal Orchestra Concerto Competition, Buenos Aires’ Citibank Chamber Music Scholarship, Cincinnati Three Arts Scholarship, University of Cincinnati Graduate Scholarship, Cordoba University Prize, and Cordoba Rotary Club Prize. As a winner of the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, she was invited to play under the baton of the world-famous Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos.

Andrea made her recital debut at age 11 and her orchestral debut at 14 with the Cordoba National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the National University of Cordoba and completed her Master and Doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Rudolph Serkin’s protegé, Eugene Pridonoff. She has also participated in numerous workshops and masterclasses with eminent pianists such as Rosalyn Tureck, Gerhard Oppitz, Elizabeth Pridonoff, James Tocco, Sandra Rivers and Alfonso Montecino. In Argentina, she studied with pianists Dante Medina, Roberto Castro and Irene Timacheff de Gabetta. Her chamber music studies include masterclasses with members of the Tokyo and Lasalle String Quartets and the Camerata Bariloche of Buenos Aires.

She has taught piano at the National University of Cordoba, University of Cincinnati Preparatory Department and as a teaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She has also been part of the piano faculty for several years at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo., where she was a founding member of its resident ensemble Piano Trio “Las Americas.” She has performed in numerous music festivals including the Western Slope Music Festival in Crested Butte, Music in the Mountains in Durango and in the International Festival of Contemporary Music in El Salvador. She has also been a faculty member and collaborative pianist of the Conservatory Music in the Mountains and a member of the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra. 

Andrea frequently performs concerts with her husband, violinist Carlos Elias, as part of the Elias Duo. Together, they made their New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2002. Their CD, Let’s Tango, was awarded Best of the Best on eMusic in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Faculty perspective

"I am passionate about equipping my piano students with the appropriate technical skills that will allow them to fully express their musical ideas."

Research interests

  • Piano Music of Latin American Composers
  • Piano Music of Argentinian Composers

Courses taught

  • Applied Lessons
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Piano Ensemble
  • Piano Literature
  • Chamber Music
  • Class Piano

Selected discography and publications

The Piano Music of Juan José Castro, UMI Dissertation Services, 1998

Let’s Tango, GRS West Music, 2007

Our Favorite Hymns, produced by Cedarville University, 2017

Serenata Latina, Serenata Latina, produced by Cedarville University, 2019

Selected presentations

From Williams to Golijov: An Overview of the Classical Piano Music of Argentina, OMTA State Conference, Cleveland, 2019

Tangos for Violin and Piano, OMEA State Conference, Columbus, 2018