Juan Riveros

PhD Precandidate


Juan Riveros is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Michigan. Riveros is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned his B.M. in Harp Performance and Music Theory, and an M.M. in Harp Performance, studying under Yolanda Kondonassis. He maintains a solo performance career, frequently performing across the U.S. through the American Harp Society’s Winners Outreach Program. His numerous honors include Award Winner in the 2022 Lyon & Healy Awards, Outstanding Instrumentalist in Harp at the 2022 and 2023 Sphinx SOPA Competitions, Award Winner in the 2020 Anne Adams Awards Competition, Third Prize in the Young Professional Division of the 2019 American Harp Society National Competition, and Grand Prize in the Lewisville Lake International Concerto Competition. Riveros’ orchestral work includes engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Repertory Orchestra, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Riveros maintains a private teaching studio, emphasizing a strong technical foundation, informed musicality, and hermeneutic approaches to performance practice. His first published composition, “Concert Fantasy on Pajaro Campana,” is available for purchase through Lyon & Healy. His primary research interests include music theory pedagogy at the harp, the Latin/ South American and Spanish works for the harp, and the aesthetics and philosophies of harpist-composer Carlos Salzedo.

Personal website – JuanRiveros.com


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