Known for the passion and authenticity of his performances, pianist Walter Aparicio has dedicated his career to promoting the music of Latin America. In his workshops and recitals, he introduces audiences to rarely heard pieces from the Latin American repertoire, with a special emphasis on his homeland, Bolivia.
Walter has given performances in a variety of New York venues, including alternative spaces like the Cell Theatre, Firehouse Space, and Soapbox Gallery, Gladstone Gallery as well as more conventional settings like Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space. Beyond the U.S., he has performed in Russia, China, Spain, and Bolivia.
His debut album, “Aires Indios: Piano Music of Bolivia” (MSR Classics), features compositions by Eduardo Caba, Simeón Roncal, and Marvin Sandi—three groundbreaking Bolivian composers. As an advocate for undiscovered composers, Mr. Aparicio is part of the artist roster at Cayambis Music Press, a prominent publisher of works by Latin American composers. In this role, Walter supports, records, and brings attention to the latest pieces from the publisher’s catalog.
This season, audiences can see Walter performing piano works by Latine composers in FUTUROS: New Ideas in Composition at the Lincoln Center Atrium, a collaboration with New Latin Wave. He will also be presenting performances and workshops in Charleston, Manhattan School of Music, University of Costa Rica and University of North Carolina.
Outside of performing and teaching, Mr. Aparicio is making strides in the nonprofit sector serving as the Founder & President of Foundation for Bolivian Artists, Inc. – an organization dedicated to discovering, promoting, and supporting musicians of Bolivian heritage through various programs. Through this initiative, he aims to nurture a tight-knit community of Bolivian musicians, providing them with visibility and highlighting the significance and unique perspective they bring from their distinct cultural background.
Bolivia & Beyond
Bagatela No. 1 by Alberto Villalpando
3 Aires Indios by Eduardo Caba
Patios Serenos by Gabriela Ortiz
Tumbao (2005) by Tania León
Ritmos panteísticos by Marvin Sandi
Danza del Desgarramiento by Andrés Levell (2002)
3 Danzas Bolivianas by Jorge Mendoza Nava (1956)
Fuga Paceña (2020) by Daniel Alvarez Veizaga (b.1990)