“Laufer is a different kind of artist...his piano playing sparkles with sensitivity, elegance, and delicacy and maintains those qualities even when playing with great passion..."

--V. Vasan, AllMusic Review



Chicago, Illinois


Doctor of Musical Arts, Rice University Shepherd School of Music: 2003

Fulbright Scholar, Spain: 2000

Master of Music, Rice University Shepherd School of Music: 1998

Bachelor of Music, University of Michigan: 1995


Principal Teachers

Emilio del Rosario

Nelita True

Anton Nel

Dickran Atamian

Robert Roux


competitive highlights

Gold Medal 1995 Nena Wideman Piano Competition 

Gold Medal 1990 Union League Civic Arts Foundation Competition 

Gold Medal 1990 Liberty Freemont Competition

Silver Medal 1988 Stravinsky International Piano Competition


Civic Awards

Certificate of Appreciation, Aspira Foundation of Chicago

Cultural Achievement Award, Steinway and Sons 

Man of the Year, Cuban Medical Association

Bingham Award for Campus Excellence, Peace College

Honorary Senate Resolution Bill #1254, Illinois 86th General Assembly

Nominee: Musical Ambassadorship, US Department of State by the Honorable Robert Etheridge



Artist biography

A Chicago native of Puerto Rican and Cuban parents, Milton Rubén Laufer began playing the piano at three years of age, and his training includes studies at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Gnessin Institute, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and Rice University.

Laufer has performed in venues ranging from Lincoln Center to Tchaikowsky Hall and has shared the stage with artists ranging from Natalie Cole to Guerassim Voronkov. His appearances on Spanish-speaking television and radio have been aired throughout Europe, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Recognized internationally as a leading interpreter and scholar of Spanish piano music, Laufer’s editions of Isaac Albéniz’s 3 Improvisations for Piano and La Vega  are published by G. Henle Verlag of Munich and available worldwide. Currently Laufer is writing the book, "The Pianist's Guide to the Repertoire of Spain".

In the summer of 2017, Laufer will begin two recording projects: an album featuring piano and vocal works by Cuban composer, Ernesto Lecuona, and recording  of Latin works for cello and piano with Canadian cellist, Nigel Boehm.

The 2016-2017 season brings Laufer to China, Germany, England, Spain, and select cities throughout the United States.

He currently resides in Sylva, North Carolina with his wife, coloratura soprano Marina De Ratmiroff, and their daughter Carmen Lucía.


Executive profile

Dr. Milton Rubén Laufer has proven himself equally adept in positions of executive leadership as on the concert stage. At age 19, he was among the youngest executives in the North American retail music scene, managing institutional sales for the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company in the Northeast region.  That spirit of entrepreneurship has guided him throughout his career.

Laufer has traveled throughout the world to work on exciting ventures with institutions and corporations including the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong, the Banff Centre, SONY, G. Henle Verlag, and Grammy Foundations (US and Latin) among others. Companies including Yamaha, Zenph Sound Innovations, and Steinway & Sons, venture capital firms, as well as numerous international presenting organizations, universities, and government agencies have sought his counsel for special projects.

A persuasive advocate, Laufer has raised over 30 million dollars for the organizations he has served. In addition to fundraising and donor cultivation, his areas of expertise include program development, grant writing and compliance, academic accreditation, public outreach, due diligence and executive administration in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

As an educator, he is guided by the principle that artists must be adaptable to the changing vocational landscape which awaits them. They must not only be skilled, expressive technicians, but also entrepreneurs and convincing communicators. Today's fine and performing artists must be aware of the value of their creations as commodities in the market place and as forces for change within their communities. 

He is a charter trustee and lifetime member of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and an active voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy's) and Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin Grammy's). Dr. Laufer currently serves as Associate Professor and Director of The School of Music at Western Carolina University and is co-founder of the Tacitus International  Consulting Group.





Recording and Film Credits

Sound Reconstruction: Albéniz piano Music Vol. 8:  BIS Records (Scandinavia) 

Miguel Baselga, piano


Music Editor: Albéniz Piano Music Vol. 4: Naxos Spanish Classics

Rubén Ramiro, piano


Sound Reconstruction: Albéniz piano Music Vol. 7:  BIS Records (Scandinavia)

Miguel Baselga, piano


PERFORMER: Flute Music of the Americas Volume 2:  Beauport Classics



PERFORMER Spanish Masters: Zenph Sound Innovations



Performer: "Looking for Nick" Soundtrack, Little Cat Pictures. Title music and ballet scene



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Publishing Credits 

 Co-Author: Flute Music of the Borderlands. College  Music Symposium, Journal of the College Music  Society, Volume 52


                                                                                   Liner Notes, The Spanish Masters Zenph Sound  Innovations


                                                                             Editor: Tres Improvisaciones by Isaac Albéniz. G.  Henle Verlag, Munich                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                 Co-Author: Musical Archaeology: The Recovery and  Re-Performance of Isaac Albéniz’s Improvisations.  Journal of the FIMTE, Festival Internacional de  Música de Tecla Española, Almería, Spain.                                                                                                              

                                                                                   Editor: La Vega by Isaac Albéniz.  G. Henle Verlag,        Munich.                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                 Co-Author: Recovering Albeniz’s Lost Impromptus.  College Music Symposium, Journal of the College  Music Society, Volume 47

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Professional History

Professional History

Professional History



Guest Speaker, Miami Summer Music Festival: Grant Writing for Tomorrow's Arts Entrepreneurs 

Lecturer, Steinway pre-concert lecture series Miami, Detroit Symphony:   The Musician as Curator: Constructing Meaningful Programs 

Lecturer, Steinway pre-concert lecture series Miami, BBC Orchestra: The Musical Consequences of the 100 Years' War

Winter Creative Residency, the Banff Centre, Banff Canada

Artistic Residency, Conservatorio Nacional de Colombia, Bogota

Artistic Residency, Great Melody School of Music, Hong Kong

Host, Jazz Legends: Gershwin at the Piano, Raleigh Little Theater

Host, WCPE Radio Raleigh: Manning Series Highlights

Speaker, International Conference of the British and International Federation of Festivals, Market Bosworth, England: The Sir Walter Raleigh Festival

Speaker, The Cervantes Foundation, Manila, Philippines: The Migration and Transformation of Music From Spain to its Colonies

Speaker, International Conference of the British and International Federation of Festivals, Bournemouth, England: The Festival Movement in America

Speaker, International Conference of Spanish Keyboard Music,  Almeria, Spain: Recovering Isaac Albéniz's 1903 Improvisations (Spanish)

Lecture, The University of Manila, Philippines: Latin Music of the Americas



Western Carolina University School of Music   Cullowhee, North Carolina 2017-present
Florida International University College of Communication, Architecture, + the Arts       Miami, Florida 2015-2017
Tacitus International Consulting Group                 Miami, Florida 2014-present
New World School of the Arts                             Miami, Florida 2012-2014
Zenph Sound Innovations                                     Durham, North Carolina 2011-2012
William Peace University (formerly Peace College)                                                  Raleigh, North Carolina: 2001-2011

Affiliations  National Association of Schools of Music· National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences · British and International Federation of Festivals · Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences · College Music Society · League of American Orchestras · Association of Fulbright Alumni · Miami Dolphins Business Alliance · Rotary Club International
Board Service: Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame: Charter Board Member, Lifetime Member · Greater Miami Youth Symphony Orchestra: Trustee (2012-2014) · Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Developing Arts Panel · Artistic Advisory Board, EDR Foundation, Chicago · Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Youth Arts Enrichment Panel · Artistic Advisory Board, Alberta Piano Festival, Edmonton Canada
Selected Juries, 2012-2017: CINTAS Foundation · Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominating Committee · Florida Federation of Music Clubs · Hong Kong Schools Music Festival · International Piano Forum, Frankfurt · Opus Fest, Manila · North Carolina Symphony · Great Melody Festival, Hong Kong