Cuban pianist Iliana Morales has been hailed by critics and audiences worldwide as an artist of extraordinary sensitivity. She stands out among the pianists of her generation for her sheer versatility: renowned as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and dedicated chamber musician, she also teaches in music schools in Cuba, Mexico and Spain
Born in Havana, into a family of musicians considered cultural icons in Cuba – an island known for its fusion of many different musical traditions – Iliana Morales was involved in all kinds of music-making from a very early age.
Her formal music education took her to her native city’s Instituto Superior de Arte (Universidad de las Artes), where she studied with distinguished pianist and academic Frank Fernández. Her training later gained an international dimension when she won a grant to study at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and was also able to attend masterclasses given by such eminent figures as Gabriel Chodos, Misha Dichter, Aquiles delle Vigne, and Herbert Stessin of the Juilliard School in New York.
In 1981 she won first prizes in the Chamber Music and Piano categories of the ISA music competition.
In 1982 won first prizes in the Chamber Music and Piano categories of the ISA music competition
“… Solid pianism, and sensitivity translated into sound… ”
Acclaimed Mexican pianist, one of Latin America’s leading soloists.
“With such wonderful talent, she unquestionably deserves to be counted among the great artists of the piano world.”
Eminent Cuban soprano
“Iliana Morales an excellent pianist who has sensitivity and intelligence.”
Chair of the piano faculty The Julliard School
“She is in possession of a great piano technique and a very refined artistic sensibility.”
Antón García Abril
Illustrious Spanish composer
“With her expansive phrasing and vast dynamic range, pianist Iliana Morales can stir all kinds of emotional ...”
One of the finest Spanish pianists of today, and an artist of international renown
“First-order concertist, with absolute mastery of the instrument, musicality and very beautiful concepts of the works ...”
Maestra María Teresa Rodríguez
Emblematic figure of Latin American pianistics
Elegy for a dream
"Life, death and childhood are themes as timeless as man himself, and are here explored by four of the great composers of the Romantic and Modern eras. With a virtuosity that boasts power and humanity in equal measure, Iliana has created a lasting record of a long career divided between two continents. This album reveals an artist in her prime and one from whom we – her admirers and pupils on both sides of the Atlantic – have so much to learn."
José Luis Temes, Spanish researcher, writer and distinguished conductor, with more than 108 recordings to his name.
"Solid pianism, and sensitivity translated into sound""
Guadalupe Parrondo, Acclaimed Mexican pianist, one of Latin America’s leading soloists.
"I am deeply impressed by Iliana Morales’ exemplary communicative power. The quality and depth of her sound come through in performances of different styles which show her to be a pianist of amazing musical maturity and subtle artistic sensitivity.
With such wonderful talent, she unquestionably deserves to be counted among the great artists of the Cuban and international piano world."
Linda Mirabal, Eminent Cuban soprano, known for her work in the Hispanic and international operatic repertoire.
"From the innocence of childhood to the darkest forebodings of death. As we travel with her on this exciting musical journey, she galvanises us to move and to celebrate life…"
Josep Colom,One of the finest Spanish pianists of today, and an artist of international renown.