American pianist Jamila Tekalli has performed in concerts, festivals, and competitions throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America as a solo pianist, collaborative and chamber musician.
As a solo and collaborative pianist, Jamila has performed and attended festivals at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Canada, the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Bowdoin, Maine, the International Keyboard Institute of Mannes in New York City, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts. Jamila performed chamber recitals throughout Ecuador, in the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Loja. In addition to performing, Jamila 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 was awarded first prize-winner in the Indiana Steinway Collegiate Piano Competition, third prize and Finalist in the Baldwin National MTNA Piano Competition and finalist in the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. She was awarded first prize-winner of the University of Miami Concerto Competition and the Indiana University Piano Competition, where she performed Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto with the Frost Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Thomas Sleeper and Franz Liszt’s Totentanz with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Imre Pallo.
In 2006, Ms. Tekalli received her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied piano with Evelyne Brancart and Arnaldo Cohen. She completed her Masters in 2009 at University of Central Florida with studies with Laurent Boukobza. Ms. Tekalli received her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Miami, studying principally with Tian Ying and chamber music with Santiago Rodriguez. In addition to her primary teachers, Ms. Tekalli has studied with notable artist teachers Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Mark Steinberg, Julian Martin, Boris Slutsky, and Marc Durand.
Dr. Tekalli was recently Adjunct Professor at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, before relocating to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017. During the summer, Dr. Tekalli is a member of the piano faculty and Department Head of Piano at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine. As an active and passionate teacher in piano instruction, music history and music theory, Dr. Tekalli is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Chamber Music of America.