Pianist Dr. Jamila Tekalli has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician in concerts, festivals, and competitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America. Tekalli has performed with members of the National Symphony, New World Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic. Performances in chamber recitals have taken her throughout Ecuador, in the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Loja.Her awards and distinctions include Finalist of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, Third Prize and Finalist of the Baldwin National Piano Competition, Winner of the Steinway Indiana Collegiate Piano Competition, and Winner of the Indiana University and University of Miami Concerto Competitions.
As an educator, Dr. Tekalli has served as Lecturer in Music at Barry University in
Miami, Florida where she taught piano, chamber music, music theory, music history, musical theater and choral programs, and led workshops and masterclasses in solo and collaborative playing. Tekalli served as director and teacher of piano workshops and masterclasses, and as a judge of the 2007 Concurso Internacional de Música Clásica "Jóvenes Talentos" held at the school Fronteras Musicales Abiertas in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Dr. Tekalli is a graduate of the University of Miami, where she received a doctorate in Piano Performance and cognate in Music Theory, where she studied with Tian Ying. She received degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the University of Central Florida, with studies with Evelyne Brancart, Arnaldo Cohen and Laurent Boukobza. Summer festivals include the Banff Centre, Bowdoin International Music Festival, International Keyboard Institute at Mannes, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute where she has studied with artists Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Boris Slutsky, Marc Durand, Dawn Upshaw, and members of the Brentano and Tokyo String Quartets,
Dr. Tekalli resides in Washington D.C. where she serves as Music Director at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Piano Faculty at the Levine School of Music, and Associate Pianist with the National Children’s Chorus of D.C. Dr. Tekalli is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Chamber Music of America.