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Héctor Ocampo
Héctor Ocampo
 

Mexican pianist. In 1985 entered the National Conservatory of Music, in Mexico City, where he obtained the degree as a licentiate in concert pianist. He studied piano with Miguel Angel Bustos for one year and Raúl de la Mora, pupil of the excellent Chilian pianist Claudio Arrau, for eight years.

He also he studied opera singing with Professor Enrique Jaso and Chamber Music with Professor Leopoldo Téllez. He took piano master classes with Kurt Redel (Musical Interpretation), Jörg Demus, Bernard Flavigny, Mauricio Nader, Philipp Lorenz and Germán Diéz (N.Y. U.S.A.); the last two being musical assistants of Claudio Arrau.

Héctor Ocampo has performed throughout Mexico. His first recital was given at 13 years of age. He has played in many of the most prestigious concert halls and theatres, as well as for many institutions including: The National Council of Culture and Arts, The National Institute of Fine Arts, The National University of Mexico (UNAM) Cultural Promotion, The Federal District of Mexico City, The Cultural Institute of Michoacan State, The Cultural Institute of Guerrero State, The National Volunteer of State Morelos and The Heroic City Hall of Orizaba, as well as for independent cultural associations and many others.

He has also participated in diverse festivals, such as: The XII Jornadas Alarconianas, The LXII National Fair of the Silver, The Spring Festival of Oaxaca, The VI International Piano Festival White and Black, The International Festival of the Historic City in Campeche, and The International Festival Cervantino Baroque and others.

He has played as a soloist with more than ten Orchestras, including inter alia: The Coyoacán Symphony Orchestra (1995-2000), The Michoacán State Symphony Orchestra (1996), The Mexico City Chamber Orchestra (1995 until today) and The Michoacán University Chamber Orchestra of St. Nicolas from Hidalgo (1997) and The Chamber Orchestra of Cuajimalpa (2002 until today), just to mention a few. He worked with the conductors Leopoldo Téllez, Miguel Bernal Matus, Emmanuel Arias y Luna, Jorge Delezé, Alfredo Ibarra and others. In addition he has participed in several live programs on the Mexican and Swiss radio and television.

In 1988 he started playing piano four hands duett with pianist Raúl de la Mora, with which he has played for several years.

During his carrier he has received several awards and diplomas for his performances and his artistic merit. Particulary worthy of mention is the honourary citizenship of the famous tourist resort city of Acapulco, Guerrero awarded in 1999 to him.

He has played in Europe with great acclaim. In Switzerland, between 2000 and 2015, in several cities of this country, always receiving excellent press reviews. He has performed in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada, and in the city of Chillán, Chile, in the framework of Commemoration 25 of the Anniversary of the Death of Master Claudio Arrau. He participates also in different musical activities in Barcelona, Spain, and in Córdoba, Argentina.

In early 1999 he recorded a compact disc with Swiss financing. It includes, music of E. Grieg and M. M. Ponce. He participates in four other recordings as part of the Chamber Orchestra of Mexico City.
In 2017 Héctor Ocampo together with the excellent psaltery player, Atlas Záldivar, obtained the support of the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) for the recording of "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, psaltery and piano version, which was performed on compact disc and video and is currently on sale in major stores in Mexico and on the internet.

He worked as pianist with the Symphony Orchestra of Coyoacan from 1996 until 2000. From 2007 until 2011 he was a professor at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City. From 2012 until today is professor in the School of Music of the National Institute of Fine Arts. Since 1995 he has been the main pianist of the Mexico-City Chamber Orchestra and of the Chamber Orchestra of Cuajimalpa since 2002, as well as in various camera groups.

Héctor Ocampo likes to transmit his knowledge to young people eager to study the piano school of the great teacher Claudio Arrau.