Pianist Simone Leitão performs Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826; Mehmari: Grande Baião de Concerto; Villa-Lobos: Ciclo Brasileiro; and Bach/Busoni: Chaconne in D minor.
Simone Leitão enjoys a solid career as soloist, chamber musician and recitalist in Brazil, the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is one of Brazil's most sought after pianists. Simone is known for the intense vitality, ample technical means, strong rhythmic drive and fire in her performances. Her industrious personality has gained notoriety for her cultural enterprises over the past six years, which have fostered youth academic training, chamber music making and new audience building in Brazil. She is the founder and artistic director of Academia Jovem Concertante Touring Youth Orchestra Academy and Rio International Chamber Music Week, since 2012.
Leitão holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Musicology by the University of Miami Frost School of Music, USA; Master of Music in Piano Performance by the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and Bachelors degree in Music by the University of Rio. She was a student of Ivan Davis in USA (pupil of Horowitz), Geir Braaten in Norway and Linda Bustani in Brazil.
Simone Leitão keeps a very busy schedule with over 40 performances a year and annually performing in major halls such as Canergie Hall, São Paulo Symphony Hall, Cecília Meireles Hall, and Knight Concert Hall. She has collaborated with conductors such as Eduardo Marturet, Apo Hsu, Ricardo Castro, Alastair Willis, Luiz Fernando Malheiro, Guilherme Bernstein to name a few. She has recorded a solo recital by MSR label in 2011, which has gained a series of praising reviews in USA and Brazil, has toured China and tours Brazil with orchestra at least twice a year, since 2012. Her 2013 tour playing Rachmaninoff no. 2 and Prokofieff no. 1 Concerto with Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra was subject of a 50 minutes documentary by wining film direct Katia Lund and has appeared in Brazil's national TV for 10 months. The documentary is called "Pare, Olhe, Escute."
Simone Leitão is known for her interpretation of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Rachmaninoff and Prokofieff, She has just launched her second album with an all Bach program, recorded in Oslo, Norway. In 2018 Leitão is touring the USA (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and New York) , Brazil, Caribbean, South America, London, Paris, Greece and Denmark, and she will be back at Carnegie Hall again in January 2019.
Simone Leitão's tour of South America, Curaçao, Costa Rica and USA is made possible with the sponsorship of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and CCR Institut.
This concert is sponsored by the Brazilian Consulate in Los Angeles.