Building character. Testing excellence.
Anthony Tovar is not your typical classical pianist. With tall, spiky hair, one would expect him to
be involved in the rock music scene more than anything else. He, however, has a long history
as a pianist, and his performances have been described as "playfully virtuosic" as well as
"deeply passionate." Anthony has performed in various international venues in Costa Rica, the
United States, Italy, and France and has performed with various orchestras such as the HSPVA
Symphony Orchestra, the Virtuosi of Houston Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestra of the
Conservatoire de Paris. He has won various competitions including the Virtuosi of Houston
Concerto Competition and the HSPVA Concerto Competition and has won awards such as the
Sylvia Strong Piano Award, the John E. Guida Foundation Music Scholarship, and the Mozart-
Hammond Award. Also a collaborative artist, Anthony has performed extensively with a variety
of ensembles including piano quintets, piano trios, and duo-piano and four-hands settings as
well as performing with orchestras, choirs, and individual instrumentalists and vocalists. When
not performing as a solo pianist, Anthony also performs as a violinist and a singer-pianist.
While he loves to perform, his passion for teaching is immense. He values the sharing of in-
depth knowledge, discipline, and especially, empathy. Every day, he works towards becoming
the teacher he would have loved to have as a younger student. He works passionately to
always lift the spirits and bring out the potential of every single student. Students have
described his instruction as “eye-opening” and “the only time [they] have felt at peace.” Anthony
values teaching his students exactly how to think and practice as professional pianists in order
to optimally increase and maximize their efficiency, dexterity, and their ability to create
captivating, three-dimensional experiences at the piano.
An alumnus of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Anthony is currently a
member of the Honors College at the University of Houston and is currently working on two
degrees, studying at the Moores School of Music and the University of Houston's Cullen Collegeof Engineering. In his free time, his hobbies include skating, dancing, and origami.