I have raised
Occupation: Piano Teacher; Piano Consultant, Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos
Pianist since: Age 12
Fun fact: As a new graduate of Mechanical Engineering looking for a position in that field, Carlo was at Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos for an event in 2015 when Michael’s wife, Nicole, mentioned that a sales position opened up at the store. He applied for the role, got it, and has been enjoying a career in music—that initially came about quite serendipitously—since then.
Carlo Santos started his musical studies on the organ at the age of six and on the piano at the age of twelve. In 2015, after a four-year hiatus from routine practice to complete his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Calgary, he completed the Associate Diploma (ARCT) in Piano Performance with First Class Honours from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Studying with Allen Reiser, he completed the Licentiate of Piano Performance (LRCM) in 2020 with First Class Honours with Distinction, and was awarded the National Gold Medal for receiving the highest mark in Canada.
Foregoing the engineering profession to those more passionate and qualified, Carlo enthusiastically teaches piano and theory lessons full-time in his private studio. On the weekends, he works as a sales consultant at Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos, connecting pianists with an instrument they love.
At the core of Carlo’s teaching ethos is engagement, which is the intersection between interest, learning, proficiency, and enjoyment. His mission as an educator is to help people fall in love with learning how to play the piano and to get them playing the music that is dearest to their hearts.
When Carlo is not in his studio or at the piano store, he enjoys bouldering, mountain biking, and hiking. He has a penchant for European cars and going out for a drive or ride on his motorcycle after a long day of teaching. New restaurants are always on his radar and his favourite book is The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.
Pagodes from “Estampes”
Prelude in E-flat Major Op. 23 No. 6
Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23