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Marina Bengoa Roldan received her Master of Music in Piano Performance at Georgia State University last May, studying under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Gallo. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at GSU and an Artist-in-Residence at Community Music Centers of Atlanta where she maintains a large studio. As a native of Spain, Marina discovered her passion for music at the age of 7 and later studied at Centro Integrado de Música "Padre Antonio Soler," Madrid, Spain with Fé del Campo and Javier Gómez Dolera. There she won the "Special Prize in Piano." She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano with honors in Chamber Music and Piano from the Conservatorio Salvador Seguí, Castellón, Spain, where she studied with professor Leonel Morales. Ms. Bengoa Roldán has won numerous prizes in international and national piano competitions. Most notably, she has won, Second Prize Best Chopin Performance in Great Composers Competition (2017), Honorable mention at the MTNA piano competition (2015); Third Prize at the II International Piano Competition “Julio García Casas” (2015); Third and Second Prize, III National piano Competition Gabriel Teruel Machí (2012, 2014); Second Prize, XV National piano Competition of Xátiva (2012); Third Prize, XV International Piano Competition of San Sebastián (2008), First Prize Hazen, El Escorial, Madrid. (2005, 2007, 2009). She has participated in several masterclasses including those at Orford Academy in Canada, Escuela y Festival Internacional de Música Presjovem, and Sommerakademie at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She made her orchestral debut in 2013 playing Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2 in several concert halls in Valencia (Spain). Marina's most recent and esteemed accomplishments include her Carnegie Hall debut (as a result of receiving an award from American Protégé's piano and strings competition), a full scholarship from the Chopin Society of Atlanta (2016 and 2017), in order to participate in the Paris International Summer Sessions and International Piano Course in Valdemossa at the Catedra Chopin. As a winner of the Brumby Concerto Competition, she performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra last fall. Marina was selected to play in the Honors Recital Concert, where she was awarded a Dean's award.

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