Dr. Omar Herrera Arizmendi, a Kawai Artist, was born in Mexico City and holds music degrees from UT Austin, Rice University, and University of Houston. He was one of the founders of the Preparatory Program at Rice University, back in 2000, and has been teaching music and piano at all levels since then. Throughout the years, his students have won important competitions and have developed into accomplished musicians whether following a professional music career or playing for personal enjoyment.
Dr. Herrera Arizmendi believes music to be crucial for an overall education that serves as an outlet and personal form of expression. His teaching philosophy is guided by two main principles. One, that every individual is unique and requires a specific teaching approach. Two, that to achieve meaningful results regular and diligent practice over extended periods of time is necessary. He was the Director of the Houston Yamaha School for several years and has extensive experience teaching individual and group lessons to young children, teenagers, and adults.
Throughout his performance career Dr. Herrera Arizmendi has played solo recitals as well as concerts with several orchestras and chamber groups in the United States and Mexico. Many of those include live performances on NPR. He is a direct descendant of Manuel M. Ponce, one of Mexico most important composers, and Founder and E.D. of Ponce Project Foundation.