Luis Gustavo Castro is our Spanish teacher and head of our Piano Studio. A native of Costa Rica, he is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. Gustavo studied at the Lycee Franco-Costarricien in Costa Rica, lived and studied in Strasbourg, France, taught Spanish at Florida State University, and was the official tutor of French at the University of Texas at Austin. His research activity revolves around the history and development of Spanish through sung opera. He is the winner of the National Opera Association’s Twenty-Eighth Scholarly Papers Competition with his article “Spanish Operatic Identity vis-à-vis Bizet’s Carmen.” This article was published in The Opera Journal in June 2013.
Mr. Castro’s music experience and degrees include Opera Coaching (DMA – University of Texas at Austin); Opera Coaching and Piano Accompanying (MM – Florida State University); Piano Performance (MM – University of Costa Rica); Superior Diploma in Chamber Music and Second Medallion in Piano Performance (National Conservatory of the Region of Strasbourg, France). As a collaborative pianist he has performed in the United States, France, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.