CONCERT 3: Homage
5 February 2012 2:30 p.m.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
4805 NE 45th St., Seattle
Geisa Dutra, piano
W. Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D major, "Paris"
H. Villa-Lobos Sinfonietta No. 1 in B-flat Major
H. Villa-Lobos Bachiana Brasileiras No. 3
Brazilian pianist Geísa Dutra is the foremost performer of Latin American and Spanish art music and one of the world's most outstanding interpreters of master works of the piano and chamber music repertoire. Geísa Dutra's recordings include Brazilian and Spanish Piano Works; Chopin, Preludes; El Ultimo Tango - Six Tangos by Astor Piazzolla and The Spanish Piano. They have earned her an international reputation as an expert on Latin classical piano music. "Dutra's splendid performance completely captured the spirit of Villa-Lobos' music", wrote a reviewer at Journal American, Washington. She has also recorded for NPR and classical music radio stations in the United States and television in Brazil. As recitalist and concerto soloist, she has performed in England, Belgium, Germany, Canada, the United States and Brazil. Her debut in Belgium was described as "A brilliant evening" (Wolluwe News, Brussels), and England' s Nottingham Evening Post reported, "It was a privilege and a treat to hear pianist Geísa Dutra... a gorgeous range of expression."
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Geísa Dutra was hailed by the Jornal do Comércio as "one of the greatest talents of the new generation. " She began her musical education with her mother Isabel Dutra and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, as a student of Heitor and Janete Alimonda. She continued her studies in Canada and the U.S. where she was the recipient of the 1983 Johannesen International School of the Arts Award and the University of Washington's 1985-87 Milnor Roberts and 1988 Foster and Houts Awards. As a piano student of Bèla Siki, she graduated with her Master of Music in Piano Performance as a full scholarship recipient at the University of Washington.