La Mujer en la Música: How Latin American women have shaped classical music

Teresa Carreño was a Venezuelan composer and pianist who was nicknamed the “The Valkyrie of the Piano,” due to her formidable and impactful playing. But Teresa’s legacy extends beyond the amazing works and recordings she left behind, as her powerful image as a performer and individual challenged the image a vast majority of individuals had at the time regarding women in music. And she is not the only Latin American woman to have done so.

Listen as we explore the music and lives of select women composers and performers from Latin America who have re-shaped music history and continue to do so to this day. The program will feature Latin American performers and composers such as Gabriela Montero, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Clara Rodriguez, to name a few.


Ines Guanchez
Ines Guanchez is an assistant digital producer for YourClassical MPR. Born into a Venezuelan family, Ines graduated from the University of Minnesota with master’s degrees in mass communications and piano performance. Afterward, she founded the Dúo Ávila, named after the Ávila national park in Caracas, with fellow Venezuelan violinist Sofia Schutte. The ensemble focuses on music by composers outside of the classical canon and has performed in venues in Minnesota and Costa Rica. She previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in 2018.


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March 1, 2023 - March 31, 2023

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