Benefit Concert by Renowned Pianist
Smile, You Are in San Miguel
Por Karen Ocampo
This past Tuesday, renowned pianist Marta García Renart gave a concert to benefit the Rural Education Institute of México at the hall inside El Nigromante Cultural Center, on Hernandez Macías.
Marta García Renart, born in Mexico City in 1942, is a pianist, composer, and teacher who has participated in numerous festivals, including the International Cervantino Festival and the New Music “Manuel Enriquez.” She has played in the San Miguel Chamber Music Festival of from 1985 to 2005, performing with Fine Arts, Manhattan, Lark, Ying, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano quartets.
She also has played in the US, Cuba, El Salvador, and in almost every state in Mexico. She has been a teacher at El Nigromante Cultural Center from 1986 to date, and was director of the Coral Massa Orfeo Català of Mexico from 1969 to 1980. Her work as a composer earned her the “composer with trajectory” scholarship from CONACULTA in 1993. Marta García Renart also won the award for “Excellence 1999” from the radio show “Sobre Música, Músicos … y Algo Más” (About Music, Musicians … and Something Else), which she hosted live from the city of Queretaro from April 1998 to March 2002. Marta García Renart has performed with the same enthusiasm and commitment at both Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Temple of Tingüindín, Michoacan.
She played music by Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Baltasar Samper, Federico Mompou, Manuel Saumell, Luis G. Jorda, and her own compositions at Tuesday’s concert.