Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Raul studied with Professor Jorge Orozco at the Carabobo Music Conservatory before joining the studio of Professor Virginie Robilliard in the Mozarteum School of Music in Caracas. At 17 he is admitted into the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, France, where, thanks to the support of Total Oil and Gas Venezuela, he studies with personalities like Olivier Charlier, Joanna Matkowska, Philippe Muller, Ami Flammer, Jean Sulem and Marc Coppey.
Mr. Suarez has appeared in several halls, such as the "Oblast Philharmonic" in Belarus and the Teresa Carreño Theater in Venezuela, where he has performed as a chamber musician and soloist, playing with orchestras like the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra and the Radio and Television Orchestra of Belarus.
An advocate of modern music, Raul has collaborated with composers like Michaël Levinas, Juan Pablo Carreño, Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram. He is an active member of ensembles "Le Balcon" and "Hyperion". These collaborations have included concerts in Paris, London, Berlin and Brussels in festivals like "Spectrum" and "Ars Musica" as well as leading him to work with artists far removed from the classical music world like M83 and Stephen O'Malley (member of metal bands Khanate, Sunn O))) and Burning Witch)
Venezuelan-born pianist Alfredo Ovalles received his diploma from the "Juan José Landaeta" Conservatory of Music in 2006, having studied with Professor Carlos Urbaneja. After graduating from the Conservatory, he continued his studies with Professor Urbaneja at the Mozarteum School of Music in Caracas and in 2011 he received a dual Master of Music Degree from Baylor University in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano, where his teacher was Ms. Krassimira Jordan. Following his Master studies in the United States, Alfredo moved to Vienna, Austria, to pursue postgraduate studies with Professors Thomas Kreuzberger and Barbara Moser at the University for Music and Performing Arts of Vienna.
Alfredo has been awarded several prizes in some of Venezuela's most important competitions and has received the first prize in the VIII International "Franz Schubert" Competition in Bulgaria and the second prize in the IV "María Clara Cullell International Piano Competition" in San José de Costa Rica. Alfredo has played with some of Venezuela's most renowned orchestras — the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has appeared on recitals in some of his country's most important halls, including the Jose Felix Ribas Hall in the Teresa Carreño Theater and the Alexander von Humboldt Theater, among others. Outside of Venezuela he has performed in the Eugene O'Neill Theater in San José, Costa Rica, the Steinway Hall in Dallas, Texas, as part of the Dallas Modern Music Festival and the "Sava Ognianov" Theater in Ruse, Bulgaria.