Carlos Barba completed his bachelor's degree in commercial music and master's degree in piano performance at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been an active performer and educator in the El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez areas for a decade. From recital halls to night clubs, Carlos has provided entertainment for a wide variety of audiences. Classical and jazz have been the main focuses of his studies, but he constantly performs and collaborates in other styles such as r&b, hip hop, pop, Cuban son/salsa, rock, gospel, funk, world music, and electronic music.
Carlos is currently the music director at Cathedral High School and is employed by the University of Texas at El Paso's Music department as a piano lab instructor, lab-band assistant, accompanist, and tutor. Carlos has also been a devoted one-on-one piano instructor over the last decade. He has taught well over 200 students and is devoted to spreading the beauty and power of music through teaching and performing, especially among young people. Carlos has extensive experience accompanying ballet classes and works for the non-profit arts education organization Kids Excel El Paso. He has also had extensive experience as a church pianist.
Carlos is a bandleader in Carlos Barba Trio and a sideman in a variety of projects including Speak No Evil, Scatterbrain, The Vitruvian Project, Juan Pedro Organ Trio, Gabriel Balderas Quartet, Orlando Madrid Quartet, EP Jazz Collective, and Havana Quintet, among others.