Pianist Ivonne Figueroa began her musical studies at the age of five with her father Guillermo, her aunts Carmelina and Angelina and her uncle Narciso Figueroa, members of Puerto Rico’s most distinguished musical family. Later a pupil of Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, Claude Franck and Felix Galimir. In 1966 Ms. Figueroa was awarded the Pablo Caslas Scholarship by the maestro himself, to study at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.
She was the first artist from the Western Hemisphere to win the coveted Robert Schumann International Piano Competition in East Germany, where she competed against 98 pianist from around the world
She has performed in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. In the United States she has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico. She has been a soloist with orchestras in New York, Germany(DDR), Michigan, Puerto Rico and New Mexico.
Together with brother violinist Guillermo Figueroa, she has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America, as a member of the Figueroa Duo. They were finalist in the International Violin and Piano Duo in Munich, Germany. They also toured Spain in 1982 .
Together with her brother Guillermo and cousins, Narciso and Rafael, they have appeared with the El Salvador Symphony, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Figueroa has also garnered praise for her doctoral dissertation; “A Narrative Chronology of the Figueroa-Sanabia Family.” Dating back to 1850, the work is a methodical investigation which documents the contributions made by her musical family to the cultural life of Puerto Rico.
Under the direction of her brother, conductor and violinist Guillermo Figueroa, she toured the Dominican Republic with the PR Symphony last April. She performed, with the Figueroa Quartet at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Casals Festival in February.
At present Dr. Figueroa works at the education department of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.