Winner of the 2012 Solti Foundation Award, and the 2011 Mozarteum Argentino, Mercedes Juan Musotto, pianist and conductor, is a native of Argentina. 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 and pianist and Assistant Conductor 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. Mercedes has assisted in the conducting, musical coaching and preparation of operas, from rare Baroque works, to world premieres. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 where she is currently Music Director for the Opera Programs at Cal State Northridge and Santa Monica College, and is Music Director and Principal Conductor for Valley Opera and Performing Arts (formerly Center Stage Opera).