Aarón Ormaza Vera


Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador 

Ecuadorian pianist Aarón Ormaza Vera is a multi-faceted artist, active as a solo performer, chamber musician, accompanist, and teacher. Currently, he is finishing his Master studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with teacher Frank van de Laar, with whom he has worked since 2020. Aarón has been supported by the Jacques Vonk Funds with a talent scholarship during his Bachelor and Master Studies, in addition to receiving a scholarship from Stichting Muziek is Meer in 2023. Aarón has also been a beneficiary of the Willem Mengelberg Fonds, and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds 

While in the Netherlands, Aarón has performed many recitals both as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist, which has taken him to stages all around the country. In 2022, he took part in the 8th YPF European Piano Competition, where he obtained the Prize for the Best Performance of a Dutch work, for his interpretation of pieces by Willem Pijper and Kees van Baaren. 

Additionally, with Duo Ormaza he was awarded the Birutė Vainiūnaitė Special Prize for an Excellent Performance of Stasys Vainiūnas’ Violin Sonata during the IX Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles. Furthermore, Duo Ormaza was among the finalists of the International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Chamber Music. Later in the same year, he took part in the International Student LiedDuo Competition in Groningen, alongside duo partner Kris Ng, placing among the 6 duo finalists, and obtaining the International Lied Festival Zeist Award. 

In the season of 2020-2021, he participated as a collaborative pianist for Dutch Classical Talent finalist Marion Dumeige, which saw him perform in some of the most important venues in the Netherlands (TivoliVredenburg, Muziekgebouw aan het ‘IJ, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Toonzaal Den Bosch, et al.). 

During the season 2018-2019, he participated in the Koffie bij de piano concert series/competition in s’Hertogenbosch, where he obtained the 1st Publiekprijs, the 2nd Vriendenprijs, and the Madeleine Mastboom prize for the performance of a contemporary piece; moreover, he took part in the finals of Utopia Klassiek (Drunen), where he took the 2nd Publiekprijs. 

Aarón began playing the piano at an early age. He took lessons at the Conservatorio Sergei Rachmaninov in his home city of Guayaquil, continuing his piano studies at the Faculty of Music of the Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo, where he obtained his diploma in 2016. He was a student of Aliona Dziouba (2004 – 2013), María de los Ángeles Horta (2013), and Oleksandra Danylchenko (2014 – 2016) during his time in Ecuador. Beginning in 2016, he furthered his piano studies under the guidance of distinguished Dutch pedagogue Jan Wijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, being one of his last students at the institution. Aarón successfully obtained his Bachelor diploma in 2020. 

Alongside his studies and concerts, he has had coachings/masterclasses with Jeff Cohen, Jean-Baptiste Milon, Geoffrey Madge, Kelvin Grout, Enrico Pace, Aleksandar Madžar, Boris Slutsky, Alexander Gavrylyuk, James Giles, Arturo Pizarro, Boris Berman, and Miguel Ituarte; in 2018-2020 he also studied fortepiano as a secondary subject with Olga Paschenko. Moreover, he works as a freelancer accompanist for the Dutch National Opera Academy, where he has had the chance to accompany singing lessons, coachings, stage rehearsals, and masterclasses, working with Paul McNamara, Christina Domnick, Florence Daguerre de Hureaux, Valentina di Taranto, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, and Sasja Hunnengo. 

He has participated in international piano festivals in the United States (Texas State International Piano Festival, multiple years), and in Cuba (Musicalia, in La Habana), where he had the chance to play for such renowned teachers as: Enrico Elisi, Washington García, Jason Kwak, Marina Lomazov, Barry Snyder, Joseph Rackers, Antonio Carbonell, and Mauricio Vallina. In his home country, he had masterclasses with Timon Altwegg, Hervé Billaut, and Raphael Lustchevsky. 

Growing up in Ecuador, Aarón partook in the most important competitions of his country at the time, being awarded First Prize in the Jóvenes Talentos Competition in Cuenca (2007, 2013, 2016), Classical Music Competition of the Centro Cultural Ecuatoriano-Alemán in Guayaquil (2007, where he was also awarded the Grand Prize), and the II Chopin Competition of Ecuador (2016). Additionally, he performed in a variety of recitals in the cities of Guayaquil, Quito, Cuenca, and Ambato. 

Aarón performed frequently as a soloist with the now defunct Youth Symphony Orchestra of Guayaquil, mainly under the baton of Patricio Jaramillo, with whom he performed concerti by Isaak Berkovich, Franz Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Edvard Grieg and Franz Liszt. 

In 2012 he had his debut with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with conductor Fernando Valcárcel, with the First Piano Concerto of Franz Liszt.