Xavier Beteta, PhD

Instructor, Piano

Xavier Beteta enjoys a dual career as a composer and pianist. Born in Guatemala City, Xavier studied piano at the National Conservatory of Guatemala with Consuelo Medinilla. At age 18, he was awarded the first-prize at the Augusto Ardenois National Piano Competition and third-prize at the Rafael Alvarez Ovalle Composition Competition in Guatemala. He continued his piano studies in the United States with Argentinean pianist Sylvia Kersenbaum and with Russian pianist Sergei Polusmiak. He also attended master-classes with pianists Massimiliano Damerini and Daniel Rivera in Italy. Xavier has performed in different venues in the United States, Europe and Latin America and has been a soloist with the Guatemalan National Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Augusto Ardenois.


As a composer, Xavier did most of his studies privately with Rodrigo Asturias. In 2013 he won the Second Place at the fourth International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition in Prague. He earned his Ph.D. in composition at the University of California San Diego, studying with Roger Reynolds, Philippe Manoury and Chinary Ung. His compositions have been performed at Festival Musica in Strasbourg, Darmstadt Composition Summer Courses, June in Buffalo, SICPP in Boston, Opera Theater Festival of Lucca, Italy and by ensembles such as Accroche NoteEnsemble Signal, and UCSD Palimpsest. 


Ph.D. University of California San Diego

Master of Music, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music 

Bachelor of piano Performance, Western Kentucky University 


website:  Xavier Beteta