Nicole Cortero


Nicole Cortero

About Nicole Cortero

Nicole Marie P. Cortero, is a Filipina Pianist who started playing the piano at the age of seven. She emerged as the Second Prize winner in the 2012 National Music Competition for Young Artists and also received the Best Contest Piece Award. In 2017, she won Second Prize at the Gray Perry Young Collegiate Piano Competition and won Third prize at the Baltimore International Piano Festival. She recently won Second Prize in Great Composers International Competition Series for best performance of works by Ludwig Beethoven and Frederic Chopin.

She has appeared in numerous concerts in Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Arts Center, and has participated in Piano Teachers Guild of the Philippines Festivals, Paulinian Music Festival, and PASINAYA Open House Festival. She has performed in masterclasses with renowned pianists Rebecca Penneys, Alexander Shtarkman, Daniel Shapiro, and Kirill Gerstein. Nicole has a passion for teaching especially young beginners, she aspires to educate and inspire more students with her guidance. She was part of the Lynn University Preparatory School of Music, and currently teaching at Tampa Music School and her Private Piano Studio.

Nicole has studied with the late Professor Nita Quinto and Professor Carmencita Arambulo while attending at Philippine High School for the Arts as a government scholar. Nicole graduated from Lynn Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, magna cum Laude, under the tutelage of Dr. Roberta Rust. Currently, Nicole is a Graduate Assistant pursuing her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of South Florida under the guidance of Dr. Svetozar Ivanov. For more information please visit: