Reynaldo Reyes


Professor of music at Towson University, and one of our teachers at MPAI, passed away on Sunday, February 14th 2016.  The cause of death was a massive brain hemorrhage.

Identified as a musical prodigy as a child in the Philippines, Professor Reyes had been studying and teaching piano nearly all his life.

He entered the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music at age 13, under Julio Esteban, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree at 17.  He then received a French Government Scholarship to study at the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris where he was awarded the coveted “Premier Prix du Piano”.  His teachers there included Marguerite Long, Jean Doyen and Jacques Fevrier.

He continued his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University as a scholarship student obtaining his Master’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma under Leon Fleisher.

For over 20 years, he served as the official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Company Regional Auditions in Washington, D.C.

He was a winner of many prestigious contests, including the International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, the International Piano Competition in Bolzana, Italy, and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Internationale Piano Competition in Paris.  His concertizing has taken him to the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Germany, England, Russia, Hungary, Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

In 1962, Professor Reyes joined the piano faculty of Towson University.  For more than 50 years at Towson University, he established himself as a master teacher esteemed by all for his ability to inspire as well as instruct.  Many of his former students now teach and perform in the United States and abroad and have won international piano contests.

He performed hundreds of solo concerts and collaborative recitals and was also a member of the Baltimore Trio for over 30 years.

As an ardent believer in the power of classical music to transform lives, he devoted his time and talents to performing for inner city school children, local retirement communities, as well as volunteering as a reading tutor at local elementary schools.  Additionally, he established several outreach programs, both here and abroad, designed to expose diverse audiences to classical music.  These lecture recitals were interactive providing a unique opportunity for the audience to ask questions about classical music.

In addition to his annual summer concerts in the Far East, in 2014, Professor Reyes was appointed to develop curriculum for the new doctorate program at the Philippine Women’s University in Manila where he also taught until the present.