Lorenzo Medel is pursuing his Doctorate in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alexander Kobrin. He also received both his Masters and Bachelors degrees at Eastman under the guidance of Natalya Antonova. His Eastman studies were supported by the Howard Hanson, the Avis H. and Vaughan, and the V. R. Gray Scholarships, as well as the George Eastman Grant.
Lorenzo began piano studies at 10 years old with Mauricia Borromeo of the University of the Philippines. By 14, he had already garnered top prizes from Philippines’ premiere piano competitions – the National Music Competitions for Young Artists, the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines Centennial Anniversary Piano Competition and the National Steinway Piano Competition. By 16, he had performed in twelve public solo recitals, three of which were full concertos assisted by the Manila Symphony Orchestra.
He participated in numerous festivals, including Art of the Piano, Chautauqua Institution and Bowdoin International Music Festival. He has performed in masterclasses by prominent pianists like Vladimir Feltsman, Boris Berman, William Wolfram, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Douglas Humpherys, Boris Slutsky, Malcolm Bilson, Matti Raekallio and Marina Lomazov. He is heard regularly in live concerts in his native country, as a recitalist and concerto soloist. He has participated many times in the Eastman School’s community engagement concerts and in March 2017, he played an all-Liszt recital as part of the Liszt & Virtuosity International Symposium.
Besides solo piano, Lorenzo is an active collaborative pianist and was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Accompanying Award at Eastman. He is also a Principal Chamber Coach at the University of Rochester and teaches private piano lessons through the Eastman Community Music School as a piano intern. Additionally, he has given a piano masterclass at the Silliman University in the Philippines.