“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.