Carreño, (María) Teresa
- Laura Pita
(b Caracas, Venezuela, Dec 22, 1853; d New York, NY, June 12, 1917). Venezuelan pianist, composer, and singer. Carreño descended from a family of notable musicians that included her grandfather Cayetano Carreño. She began musical studies at the age of six under her father, Manuel Antonio Carreño, an accomplished musician and politician. In 1862, as the instability of the ongoing Federal War cost Manuel Antonio his government position as Minister of Finance, the family moved to New York looking for political relief and a professional direction for Teresa, who had demonstrated an extraordinary talent for piano performance, improvisation, and composition. Mentored by L.M. Gottschalk, Carreño debuted in New York at the age of eight. The enormous success of this presentation led to a series of concerts in several cities in the United States and Cuba. In 1866, the family moved to Paris, where Carreño continued composing and performing with tours to England, Spain, and Holland....