Associate Professor of Music, Piano | email@example.com | 617.353.3352
Room 467, 855 Commonwealth Avenue
*Fall 2012 leave of absence
Brazilian pianist, Maria Clodes played in a concert for the first time at the age of six. At seven, she played in a news reel documentary as the youngest pianist in Brazil. She played her own composition and some more pieces from Bach and Schumann. At sixteen, she graduated with honors at the Brazilian Conservatory and after winning a concerto competition and giving several performances in Rio de Janeiro, Esprito Santo, and Sao Paulo, she went to study in Europe. She studied in Vienna with Bruno Seidelhoffer, and in Lisbon and Saltsburg with Wienfried Wolf, and in England Leonie Gombrich.
In Saltsburg, she won the concerto competition and was invited to play in the festival in the Rittersaal, a Schumann work. In the invitation, they pointed out that it was the first time that a student received such an invitation. She went after to England to study with Leonie Gombrich. She lived in London for some years playing with several orchestras and playing at Wigmore Hall. After several concerts with the London Philharmonic and entering and winning second prize of the Munich International Piano Competition, she was awarded the Harriet Cohen metal for the best young pianist of the year in London.
After a successful concert in Amsterdam in the famous Concertgebouw, she came to the United States. She went to New York to enter the Martha Baird Rockefeller Competition. She won, and the prize was a concert in the large Carnegie Hall. The debut was a major success and the reviewers called it the most beautiful debut of the season.
She moved to Boston following her husband doing his PhD at Harvard. She entered Boston University and completed a DMA in piano performance. She has since been in the piano faculty at Boston University. As a faculty member, she has extensively performed as a soloist and as a chamber player. She has also been the chair for the piano department and founded and directed the Young Artist Piano Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute for over thirty years. She currently goes to Brazil frequently where she performs extensively.