Pedro Zenteno is a Chilean award-winning pianist, educator, and non-profit leader based in Brooklyn. He has concertized extensively across the Americas and Europe, and his playing has been described as a “very effective combination of force, virtuosity, and extreme sensitivity” (Visiones Críticas). Recent professional highlights include performing in Carnegie Hall, touring with The Orchestra of the Americas throughout the Caribbean and Eastern Canada, being featured as soloist in Chile’s Radio Beethoven, and speaking at Civic Hall NYC and NYU.
Pedro was raised in a place where music making was an essential part of family life. The juxtaposition of a guitar teacher for a mother, a composer for an older brother, and a vinyl collector for a father, created a constellation that fostered his profound appreciation for diverse kinds of music. A natural outgrowth of this environment, he is an enthusiastic proponent of both traditional and contemporary literature.
Pedro completed an undergraduate degree with a certificate in arts leadership at the Eastman School of Music and the Institute for Music Leadership on full scholarship. He also completed a master’s degree in Piano at NYU and received a certificate in social entrepreneurship from Oxford University.
An avid advocate for community-engaged arts, Pedro is Co-Director of the Global Leaders Program; an initiative that is empowering a rising generation of performers who are interested in harnessing the power of music to create social value in their communities. In collaboration with Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Duke’s Social Science Research Institute, and El Sistema USA (among others), Pedro has co-developed a program that centers around teaching artistry, music for social change, cultural agency, and business management; one that is reinvigorating the notion of what it means to be a musician in a civil society.