Herman Marcelo Caceres
Marcelo Caceres, a pianist and composer, has taught in three Seventh-day Adventist colleges and performed extensively in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. A native of Santiago, Chile, he completed a B.Mus, in piano performance at Catholic University of Chile, where he studied with Maria Iris Radrigan, and earned an M.Mus. at Andrews University in 2005 under Peter Cooper.
He took further study at the University of Chile-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Carlos Botto and Galvarino Mendoza. Caceres was supported in his music studies with two Amigos del Teatro Municipal scholarships in Santiago and a scholarship at AU.
Before coming to the U.S. for graduate study, he was head of the music program at the Adventist University of Colombia for four years and taught for seven more years at the Adventist University in Chile, where he also served as chair of the piano department for two years.
Caceres has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, playing in major concert halls in South and Central America as well as the U.S. He won highest honors at the sixteenth annual Luis A. Ferre International Piano Competition in Puerto Rico in 2002, where he competed against students from major schools in the Eastern U.S. Although he refused to participate in Friday evening and Sabbath practice times, he earned praise from the judges for both his playing and the training he was receiving at AU. In that same year he was also the winner of the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.
Caceres is also a composer. Ten of his works were recently published in a 68-page collection titled A Gentle Touch, available at his website. Some of his compositions were included on a recently released CD, I Call on Thee, Lord, a Chapel Records listing, and another CD, Rejoice in the Lord. He was honored with a biographical listing in the 2006 edition of Who’s Who in America.
Sources; "AU student wins international piano competition," Andrews University Focus, Spring 2002, 9, Website Biography (2012); Alumni Today Directory, Andrews university.