Winner of the 2012 Solti Foundation Award, and the 2011 Mozarteum Argentino, Mercedes Juan Musotto, pianist and conductor, is a native of Argentina. She began her piano lessons at the National University of Cuyo’s School of Music. She graduated from the National University of La Plata as a Bachelor of Music in Orchestra Conducting. She furthered her studies at the Teatro Colón Art College, where she received a Master of Music degree in Opera Conducting. From 2008 to 2012 she worked as a coach, pianist and Assistant Conductor for the opera season at the Teatro Argentino in La Plata, Buenos Aires, as well as accompanist at the Teatro Argentino’s Opera Studio. She has extensive experience as a pianist, performing in and around Argentina, Italy and Canada. She has worked alongside international Conductors such as Dante Anzolini, Rodolfo Fischer, Stefan Lano, Carlos Vieu, Mario Perusso, Facundo Agudín, Reinaldo Censabella, Tuglio Gagliardo Varas, Facundo Agudin, Mario Perusso, Javier Logioia Orbe, Guillermo Scarabino, Andres Juncos, Benjamin Pionnier, Stefan Lano, Sergio Monterisi, Erik Oña, Manuel Coves, among others. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and she is currently Opera Music Director at the Opera Program in Santa Monica College, Opera Music Director at California State University Northridge and Opera Music Director, Conductor and Chorus Master with Center Stage Opera. She holds a Master in Orchestra Conducting from California State University Northridge.