Chicago native, Magnus Villanueva, began piano lessons at age 5. He studied at the Music Institute of Chicago with the late Emilio del Rosario and Ralph Neiweem. In 2010, he moved to Baltimore to further his studies with Marian Hahn at the Peabody Conservatory where he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He recently gave recitals in the Grand Piano Haus and PianoForte Recital Hall in Chicago and Friedberg Hall in Baltimore among others. He has performed and participated in the Pablo Casals Festival in France, Gijón International Piano Festival in Spain, Pitten International Festival in Austria, Eastern Music Festival, and Chicago Duo-Piano Festival.
Magnus is also a passionate chamber musician, having worked with artists including Peter Frankl, Robert McDonald, Michael Kannen, Seth Knopp and members of the Brentano Quartet and Shanghai Quartet. As a member of the Merit School of Music Honors Trio, he has performed in the Chicago Cultural Salon Series and has been broadcasted on 98.7 WFMT Chicago.
Since May, Magnus has been broadening his musical horizon back home in Chicago with work in audio production, recording, improvisation, and new music. He serves on the accompanist staffs of the Merit School of Music and Hyde Park School of Dance. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and going out to many of Chicago’s music venues.