Juan Valencia, Piano, Drums, is a native of Colombia, South America, Juan started his piano studies at the age of 5. He studied at Bellas Artes and Universidad de Antioquia, After high school, Juan attended the “Jose Angel Lamas” conservatoire in Caracas, Venezuela. During his tenure there, he conducted instrumental and choral music from Latin America. He performed for television stations in Caracas and traveled with a chamber music ensemble throughout Latin America, the Caribbean Islands and Europe. He was the assistant organist at the Catholic Cathedral and the main organist at the Anglican Cathedral in Caracas, Venezuela for a period two years. Juan has 23 years of experience working in churches of various denominations as an organist and choir conductor. Juan works free lance as soloist, accompanist (vocal and instrumental) and music director.
Juan studied at the Ohio State University, School of Music with a full scholarship. While he was a student he received several awards and recognitions. In 1994 Juan took master classes with the Russian pianist Nikita Magaloff at the University of Chicago. Juan was invited to perform Latin America and Caribbean music at auditoriums, concert halls, museums, churches, high schools and different universities in the East-coast and Mid-west area. He has performed in several USA cities as well. Juan Valencia was part of the Fee Support Artist Program. sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council during the 1994 season. Mr. Valencia prepared two successful tours in the state of New Jersey, playing a total of 40 concerts. He was sponsored by the Staten Island Council on the Arts and Humanity to perform 10 concerts (Staten Island Tour). Juan was the Music Director for the St Mel Church Chamber Music Series for a period of 6 Years. He is the Artistic and Music Director for the vocal ensemble Two Sopranos and One Mezzo as well as Two Tenors and One Baritone. He is the Music and Artistic Director of Jackson Heights Community Chorus in Jackson Heights, NYC.