There is always a sense of exhilaration associated with a musical artist whose time has come. When all those years of study, practice, performance and dedication reach a point of manifestation. This is precisely the case with pianist Brenda Hopkins Miranda, whose latest effort “Recuerdos de Granada” has caused quite a commotion in the Puerto Rican music scene. This is in recognition of a steady and brilliant career which has gained momentum with inspiring results.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Brenda Hopkins Miranda is the consummate musician, having excelled as pianist, composer, arranger, improviser, band leader, writer and educator. She holds a Bachelors degree in Classical Piano from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, a Masters degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in Boston, and completed Doctoral Studies in Musicology from the Universidad de Granada in Spain. From 2003-2006 Hopkins Miranda was appointed Director of the Music Program of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. She has also been on the staff at the Inter American University Metropolitan Campus, where she taught improvisation, piano, harmony and other courses. She has been an active mentor in master classes, seminars and workshops at diverse institutions and taught privately. As an academic author her music related articles have been published in various newspapers and magazines.