Pianist Jamila Tekalli has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician in concerts, festivals and competitions in throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Miami Beach’s Arsht Center and New World Center. Her awards and distinctions include Finalist of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, Third Prize and Finalist of the Baldwin National Piano Competition, and Winner of the Steinway Indiana Collegiate Piano Competition. Jamila has performed with members of the National Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic. Her chamber performances have taken her throughout Ecuador and Libya in 2010 as an American Cultural Ambassador promoting musical and cultural exchange through the U.S. Embassy.
As an educator, Dr. Tekalli served as Lecturer in Music at Barry University in
Miami, Florida instructing piano, chamber music, musical theater and choral programs, and music theory, music history, 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.
Jamila holds a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, a M.A. from University of Central Florida and a B.M. from Indiana University. She has studied with Evelyne Brancart, Arnaldo Cohen, Laurent Boukobza and Tian Ying. Her summer festivals and residencies include the chamber music residency at the Banff Centre as part of the Tekalli Duo, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Keyboard Institute at Mannes, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She has studied chamber music with members of the Brentano String Quartet and Tokyo String Quartet, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish and Dawn Upshaw.
Jamila serves as Director of Music at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and Artistic Director of the “Music at Pilgrim” Concert Series and is on the piano faculty at the Levine School of Music. Dr. Tekalli is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Chamber Music of America.