Liuba D. Pupo-Ortega
Liuba Pupo-Ortega was born in Guantanamo, Cuba. She began her musical studies at the age of eight at the Vocational School of Arts of Guantanamo, Cuba. In 1992, Liuba obtained her degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the Professional School of Music Jose M. Ochoa in the city of Holguin, Cuba. During the same year, she started working as a piano teacher and a piano accompanist in the same school. In 1997, she continued her post-graduated studies at the Higher Institute of Arts ( ISA) in La Havana, Cuba.
In 2003, Liuba moved to Puerto Rico where she established her residence with her husband. She decided to continue her professional studies at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (CMPR), from which she earned her bachelor’s degree suma cum laude, in Piano Performance in 2006, a Music Teacher Certification in k-12 level in 2007, and a Masters Degree in Music Education with outstanding honors in 2008.
While completing her studies in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she made an effort to continue being a piano instructor, teaching private piano lessons and working in several local music academies. Since Liuba is a passioned pianist and an devoted music instructor, she was hired as an piano accompanist at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (CMPR), and as an organist and pianist at the Worship at Second Union Church in Guaynabo city, Puerto Rico.
In 2008, her first son was born. Later on during the Spring of 2009, Liuba, her husband, and her first son moved to Marietta, Georgia, in where months later, Liuba’s second child, a beautiful baby girl was born. One year later, all family moved again to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During this time, Liuba made a pause in her musical career and decided to devote all her time to her little children and husband. During 2012, Liuba has been planning to resume her work as a piano instructor. She became interested on learning about the Suzuki method philosophy, deciding to get the certification in the Piano Suzuki Method. On September 2012, Liuba became a Suzuki piano certified instructor in Book One. Under the guidance of the great piano pedagogue Caroline Fraser, she learned how to use all her exceptional piano and music skills with little children interested on learning how to enjoy playing the piano.
On December 2012 her family moved to Norfolk, VA, where Liuba joined the Academy of Music faculty as a Suzuki piano instructor in February 2013. On January 2015 Liuba’s family moved again to Honolulu, Hawaii where she had the opportunity to join Lanakila Baptist Elementary School as a piano teacher and help as a pianist at the Lanakila Baptist Church worship service on Sundays. On July 2015 Liuba became Suzuki piano certified in book 2 improving her teaching capabilities and acquiring more commitment with the children’s musical education.
Due to her husband’s military duties the family make the last move on January 2017 with a permanent job position in the Washington D.C. area. Liuba is looking forward to start working with this community helping spred the love for the music and the arts as part of the kids education and development.
As a pianist, she was awarded 1rst prize at the Amadeo Roldan Piano Competition in Holguin, Cuba in 1991, and 1rst prize at VIII Puert Rico Conservatory of Music Soloist Concerto Competition in San Juan, PR in 2006. She has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in St. Thomas, Virgin Island, and Tolima Symphony Orchestra in Ibague, Colombia.