Academics Luis Batlle - Music
As a young man, Luis Batlle studied piano under Wilhelm Kolischer in his native Uruguay, and later with Yves Nat in Paris and Rudolf Serkin in Philadelphia, before becoming the director and teacher of the Kolischer Conservatory in Montevideo. In America, he has been mentor to a number of outstanding performers, including Peter Serkin, winner of the Levintritt Foundation prize; Cecile Licad, the 1979 Naumberg prize winner; Peter Orth; and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.
"I love to play," says Luis. "After all, that is contact with the most beautiful thing on earth. At heart, however, I am a teacher. I am a gossiper. I want everyone to know what I know."
Community Service and Professional Activities
Since 1956 Luis has been a regular participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, and in 1978 he became Codirector of Rudolf Serkin’s institute for Young Performing Musicians. He was a juror for the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1974 and the Bach Competition in Washington, D.C., in 1976.
In March 1985, Luis played at the inauguration of Uruguay's first democratically elected president since the military coup of 1973. During the college’s 40th anniversary, Luis performed all 32 Beethoven sonatas in a series of eight concerts, in conjunction with a course on Beethoven’s life. He is a professor ad honorum of the State University of Uruguay. He has also lectured on music and given master classes at a number of colleges and institutions in the United States and abroad, and has even staged and played the recitatives in Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni.
M. Mus., Kolischer Conservatory, 1947; Undergraduate Studies in Science and Humanities, University of Uruguay, 1951; Marlboro College, 1980-