Ainhoa Urkijo is a collaborative pianist dedicated to the fields of piano teaching, chamber music, art song and opera. She holds a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Minnesota, a Masters of Music Degree in Accompanying and Coaching from Westminster Choir College in Princeton and a Piano Performance Degree from the Arriaga Superior Conservatory of Music in his native city of Bilbao, Spain. Mrs. Urkijo has had the opportunity of studying in Europe and in the US with many great pianists and leaders in the Opera and Art Song field including Dalton Baldwin, Wolfram Rieger, Paul von Schillhawsky, Charles Spencer, Harmut Holl, Ileana Cotrubas, Mitsuko Shirai, Alejandro Zabala, Timothy Lovelace and Noriko Kawai.
Mrs. Urkijo is passionate about a broad range of musical styles and performs regularly with vocalists and instrumentalists alike. She has performed with renowned American singers such as Adriana Zabala, John Marcus Bindel, Jonathan Burton, Carla Hanson, Philip Zawisza, Christopher Robertson, Tamara Matthews, and with up and coming Spanish tenor, Jose Lopez Ferrero and mezzo Magdalena LLamas. Mrs. Urkijo has performed at festivals throughout Europe and the United States with great success. Current projects include recitals with Carla Hanson, the Spanish soprano Amaia Arberas and a series of Chamber recitals with members of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. She made her debut at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. Mrs. Urkijo has been an enthusiastic advocate of the Spanish vocal music in the US, where she has performed this repertoire extensively, in particular the songs of Joaquin Turina, composer that was subject or her Doctoral Thesis.
She has been part of the Piano faculty at the Conservatorio Municipal de Bilbao in Spain for many years until she moved to the US. Dr. Urkijo has worked as an accompanist at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, the Academy of Vocal Arts and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. As a vocal coach, she was on the faculty at the Center for Superior Musical Studies Musikene in San Sebastian, Spain and at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. As a rehearsal pianist Mrs. Urkijo has been involved with the Philadelphia Opera under the baton of Maurizio Barbacini and also has served as a Musical Director and rehearsal pianist at the Opera North Carolina. In addition, she has collaborated as pianist and coach in the studios of distinguished singers such as John de Haan, Philip Zawisza, Tom Krause, Benita Valente, Zehava Gal and Christopher Robertson.
Ms. Urkijo is currently a faculty member of the Music Department at the Rochester C&T College where she teaches Piano and Music History. She has been also the lead Vocal Coach at the Italian Operatic Experience program in Montecatini, Italy. Aside from her work in those institutions, she keeps private studios in Rochester, MN where she works with pianists, singers and instrumentalists.
Piano Lessons/ Instrumental and Vocal Coaching, Music Lessons- Ainhoa Urkijo- Rochester, MN Accompanying for recitals and competitions. International career.