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American pianist Carlos Gardels has been a student of the piano since age seven, and has established a multi-faceted career as pianist, teacher, administrator, and collaborative artist.

Born in Los Angeles, Carlos presented his concerto debut at age fifteen as soloist in the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto under the direction of Robert Allen Gross in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and has since gone on to appear at numerous festivals and venues across the country, including PianoSummer at New Paltz, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Most recently was a performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Young Artist's Concert Symphony Orchestra in the Wilshire Ebell theatre, and a solo recital at the St. James's series of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

He has received awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters competition, and won scholarships from the Young Musicans Foundation(YMF).

Mr. Gardels holds a Bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Master's degree from Indiana University. His principal teachers have been Jeffrey Cohen, Evelyne Brancart, and Emile Naoumoff. Other mentors have been John Perry, Vladimir Feltsman, David Dubal, Cyprien Katsaris, Haksoon Swiatkowski, and Neil Stannard.

Mr. Gardels is also an esteemed and versatile teacher. In Jan 2014 he was a visiting Faculty at at the FaceArt Internations School in Shanghai, China, including T.V and radio interviews. Additionally he has served on the faculties of Indiana University's pre-college department and the California Academy of Music. He also sits on the board of directors of the Sara Compinsky Masterclasses and Knauer Pianos masterclass series. He currently resides in Los Angeles, and maintains a private studio of award-winning pupils.

Teaching Philosophy:


The underlying core of my teaching philosophy is that my students' spirit and imagination must be ignited, developed, and nurtured. To this end, I work tirelessly making sure that my pupils are playing repertoire that suits their level, needs, and temperament. I try to encourage a study and passion of music outside the narrow scope of the lesson; students may have listening assignments, or given age-appropriate materials to read and study regarding the composer and style of music they are playing. For students who are old enough, we take class field trips to hear concerts at the Disney Hall or Pasadena Ambassador Auditorium. (My students recently have heard Evgeny Kissin and Helene Grimaud).

My approach is traditionally classical and reading based . Students are encouraged to take part in a wide variety of performance and competitive opportunities. As an active member of the MTAC, my students participate in the Certificate of Merit (CM) exams, as well as numerous annual competitions and two annual student recitals.

That being said, I am open to work with students of all ages, levels, and musical aspirations. I have a long history of working with adult learners who only want to play for their own gratification, as well as students who only want to learn specified repertoire. I have signification experience with students diagnosed with ADHD, Dsylexia, and Autism. Although my teaching is mostly classically-oriented, I am open to teach all styles of music. (With the exception of jazz).


My studio is located in the heart of South Pasadena, blocks from the metro station and numerous coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries. Pasadena, Downtown L.A, San Gabriel, Silverlake, and Glendale are all within very close driving proximity.

Studio Locationstrong
Los Angeles, CA
Travels to various areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
(646) 709-8522