Carlos Teppa Abad was born in Caracas, Venezuela on June 4, 1923. A cellist and composer, he initiated his music studies in 1931 at the Instituto de Bellas Artes of Caracas, later continuing his studies at the Escuela de Música José Miguel Lamas. He lived in New York City for a brief period, during which he continued his studies in cello. In 1948 he traveled to Mexico where he performed a series of concerts. In a later trip to Havana Gaspar Cassadó and Ernesto Xanco encouraged him to travel to Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied composition with Paul Hindemith in 1952, and later to Siena where he studied cello with Gaspar Cassadó and George Enesco. Teppa returned to Venezuela in 1956 where he joined the cello section of the Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela. In 1969 he received the Teresa Carreño National Prize of Music for his work Suite fantasia infantil. In 1985 he was awarded the Premio Municipal de Música for his work Sexteto de invierno.