Biography of Elías López Sobá (1927-VVVV)

Musician and Puerto Rican pianist, born in Ponce in 1927, considered the second best native pianist of the 20th century, after Jesus María Sanroma, and one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of his country.

Educated in the school of music Longy of Massachusetts (1946-1951) and the Bennington College of the University of Vermont, where she graduated master of Arts, in 1953 he obtained a Fulbright scholarship which allowed him to continue studies in piano at the prestigious Academy of the music of Vienna, in which he met music figures as Alfred Brendel and Zubin Mehta and where graduated magna cum laude and the first medal in the international competition music of 1955. He then moved to Italy to perfect the interpretation under the direction of pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and in 1961 he returned to Puerto Rico to teaching in the Faculty of Humanities of the University of the country.

Between 1965 and 1967 he made the master's degree in music at Boston University and that same year was named director of the Department of social and cultural of the University of Puerto Rico, a position which held until 1975. Between 1973 and 1980, he directed the corporation responsible for organizing the Festival Casals; between 1985 and 1993 the Institute of Puerto Rican culture and also chaired the music section of the Ateneo of his country. He has played as a soloist in numerous orchestras, including the Orchestra and Boston civic and the Symphony of Puerto Rico and Venezuela, and has regularly participated in concerts, recitals and musical conferences all over the world, especially in Central America, United States and Western Europe. In 1986 he obtained the doctorate in philosophy and literature from the University of Valladolid, and although his musical activity decreased in those years, in 1995 won the gold medal in the international competition of interpretation of Geneva.