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History and Members 2018-07-14T23:05:04+00:00

The hands and one prepared piano.

Brazilian music, dance, visual arts, all together in a very unique performance.

Our History

PianOrquestra presents a fascinating approach to the piano. An intriguing musical experiment – one piano played by ten hands – transforms the piano into its own orchestra. The group explores Brazilian rhythmic roots and new sonorities and sounds, all produced on the piano in real time, through a variety of preparation resources that are not normally used by a traditional pianist.

In 2016, was awarded for the highest point count from the 3 Americas to present at the Classical Next showcase, in Netherlands. Considered one of the 10 best concerts in 2016 by the “O Globo” newspaper. The show also performed in sold out seasons at Curitiba [Paraná] and Rio de Janeiro.

Four classically trained musicians and one percussionist, Claudio Dauelsberg, Marina Spoladore, Veronica Fernandes, Priscila Azevedo and Masako Tanaka, play the keyboard, the inside, the bottom and the sides of a prepared piano, placing objects on the piano strings, using felt, acrylic and metal, besides using fishing-wire, flip-flops, piano hammers drumsticks to obtain percussive effects among a variety of other objects.

Timbres range according to the density, weight and texture of the objects, some of which are especially built for the group. This way, PianOrquestra creates possibilities of sounds similar to a guitar, cavaquinho, contrabass, violin, harpsichord, and others, in addition to the most varied percussive timbres.

They sound like a samba band, a gamelan ensemble, a percussion ensemble; the pianists seamlessly exchange function and position to create an instrument that expresses itself as one voice.

PianOrquestra uses prepared piano techniques based on John Cage’s experiments to explore these infinite possibilities of sounds produced by the piano.

Created and directed by Brazilian pianist Claudio Dauelsberg, PianOrquestra plays Brazilian music in an entirely unheard of manner. The performance flows easily from classical to popular Brazilian music, including contemporary composers such as Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazareth, Tom Jobim and Milton Nascimento and ethnic rhythms such as samba, choro, coco, maracatu and ciranda. With meticulous synchronism in a performance that involves a high level of virtuosity, PianOrquestra creates a unique instrumental sound.

Micro-cameras are installed inside, under and above the piano’s box, and the images are projected simultaneously onto a screen on the stage, so the audience can follow all the musicians’ movements inside and under the piano.
PianOrquestra makes music that reflects contemporary artistic currents, attracting new audiences for instrumental music. The performance pleases and surprises.

The group has performed in venues such as:

  • Belfast Festival, SARC – UK;
  • Concertgebouw, Amsterdam – Brasil Festival;
  • Vancouver Jazz Festival, Canada;
  • Oslo Brasil Music Festival, Norway;
  • Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
  • Teatro IFT, Buenos Aires, Argentina;
  • Teatro Nescafe de las Artes, Chile;
  • Codarts, Rotterdam;
  • Gävle Konserthus, Gävle, Sweden;
  • Vasteras Konserthus, Vasteras, Sweden;
  • Stora Theatern, Göteborg, Sweden;
  • Gerlersborgsskolan, Hamburgsund, Sweden;
  • Olsbergs Arena, Eksjö, Sweden;
  • International Piano Festival La Roque D’ Anthéron, France.
  • Classical:NEXT 2016, De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

“You have to see and listen to PianOrquestra, than you’ll believe it.”

Calgary Jazz Festival • Canada

“PianOrquestra is the big surprise of the Festival. It’s Brazilian music played in a completely new way. The virtuosity and unique sound of the group makes it a must see!!!”

Festival International de Piano La Roque D'Anthéron • France

“PianOrquestra is a spectacular band and is doing something that is midway performing arts and concert with chains, fishing lines, flip flops and piano hammers. (…) Everything is filmed and projected so the audience can see what they do during the concert.”

Gefle Dagblad • Sweden

“The ensemble knows how to create sensational sound effects and gives a new turn in piano history. Classical meets Carnival in a true explosion.”

Concertegebouw • Amsterdam

The group has a repertoire that includes from composers like Tom Jobim, Bezerra da Silva, Milton Nascimento and Toninho Horta, to even own compositions in regional Brazilian rhythms.

The work of PianOrquestra is the result of an intensive research of Brazilian rhythms that goes through till the origins of coco based on Dona Selma do Coco, passing by the ‘Maracatu de Baque Virado’ from the Maracatu Nation Crowned Lion, the ‘cirandas’ and ‘cirandeiros’ of Rio Grande do Norte, the ‘carreteiros’ of the Samba School Mangueira, the ‘repente’, among other rhythms of Brazil.

Claudio Dauelsberg
Claudio DauelsbergDiretor Artístico

Master in Piano Performance by UFRJ, specialized in arrangement, composition and Applied Technology Languages in Music by the Berklee College of Music, phD in Music by UniRio, where he teaches. Claudio Dauelsberg is constantly in demand as a pianist, arranger, composer and curator. Claudio has 6 CDs – Bach CD, recorded with the Chamber Orchestra of Moscow was awarded the Nord Deutsche Rundfunk and the CD “Além das Imagens” was nominated for Sharp Awards – and a recorded DVD. Claudio has performed with Placido Domingo, Bob Mintzer, Bireli Lagrene, Toots Thielemans, Chick Corea, Márcio Montarroyos, Hermeto Pascoal, Nico Assumpçao, Arthur Maia, Carlos Bala, Marcos Suzano, Jacques Morelembaum, Toninho Horta, among many other musicians of MPB. Since 1998, Claudio is extremely active as a curator of projects in music, having idealized events ranging from the creation of winter festivals at some cities in the state of Rio de Janeiro, leading to these major names of Brazilian music, in addition to supporting local artists, innovative in contemporary instrumental music, in the national and international scenario.

Marina Spoladore
Marina Spoladore
Awarded in over thirty national and international competitions, Marina had her first contacts with the piano by her mother, in Cascavel. Since 2002, she lives in Rio de Janeiro, where she completed her graduation in Music at UFRJ accompanied by professor Luiz Senise. She’s currently pursuing her master degree in Musicology at UNIRIO, under professor Dr. Carlos Alberto Figueiredo. Frequently participates in music festivals , courses and master classes in Brazil and abroad, where she has contact with important teachers like Arnaldo Cohen, Eduardo Hubert, Menahem Pressler and Natalia Troull. In early 2005, she studied for three months in Karlsruhe, Germany under the guidance of Professor Dr. Fany Solter , through a scholarship obtained through the Great CONEM 2006. She received encouragement from the German government to continue her improvement in the same institution. Marina has frequently been invited to perform in front of orchestras in Brazil, as the National Symphony Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Brasil, Symphony Orchestra of USP, Symphony Orchestra of the Music School of UFRJ and the American Symphony Orchestra, and in these concerts, she had the opportunity to work with leading conductors such as Bernardo Bessler, Carlos Lima, Ernani Aguiar, William Bernstein, Ligia Amadio and Ronaldo Bologna.
Amanda Kohn
Amanda Kohn
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Amanda Kohn began her piano studies at age 11. Currently attending a bachelor’s degree in piano at UFRJ, she improved her technique with Professor Ronal Silveira and today she is under the guidance of Professor Luís Senise, one of the most renowned in the country.

Throughout almost 10 years as a musician, she maintains an active life with several prizes in contests, recitals, participation in great music festivals as well as masterclasses where she took classes with great names of the artistic scene like Luca Chiantore, Nikolai Lugansky, Alexandre Dossim, Tim Ovens, Michael Uhde, Roberto Domingos and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. Amanda also participates in professional projects such as the “Nocturnes” project, involving lectures on Chopin and her work in several universities, as well as the Pianostudio in Leblon, where she is currently a teacher.

Nathalia Martins
Nathalia Martins
Nathália Martins has a degree in Music and a Masters in Interpretive Practices from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She has had international experience with an university semester of exchange at the North American University ECU, East Carolina University (NC), through the Music Alive project in 2010.

As a pianist he has already performed in Rio and abroad, as solo, orchestra, popular music and musicals. Nathália has been perfecting herself over time and currently also teaches in music schools and regular schools teaching theory and piano lessons. She was directed by pianists such as Ronal Silveira, Rafael Vernet, Luiz Senise, Helena Marinho, Fany Solter, Lúcia Barrenechea, Érica Ribeiro, Luiz Carlos de Moura Castro, Michael Uhde, Keiko Sekino, Ryan Hanseler, Carrol Dashiel and Claudio Daulsberg.

Veronica Bonfim
Veronica Bonfim
Verônica Bonfim works as a teacher in the socio-environmental area and is a bragging artist.

Singer, composer, writer and actress, born and raised in Bahia, she reconciles her artistic and environmental career since 1994. She has lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2006.

He is Doctor Scientiae in Forestry Science, Federal University of Viçosa – UFV-MG; is formed by the basic course of the School of Music Villa-Lobos – RJ; plays guitar and percussion; practice capoeira, bodyboarding and skate long; made vocal preparation with Nina Pancevski, Roberta Lima and Marília Costa; theater and body training with: Fátima Toledo, Artistic Atelier, Grupo Tá na Rua of the director Amir Haddad and with the singer, composer and director Oswaldo Montenegro, with whom he has been working since 2007.

In 2007 he recorded his first CD Olhos d’África (independent); He has a blog of poetry [http://negalxenta.blogspot.com.br/] and a series of videos titled ‘Minuto Sustentabilidade’ on his You Tube channel, with tips on environment and sustainability.She has accumulated works in TV, cinema, theater, literature and music and experience with directors such as Aderbal Freire Filho, Amir Haddad, Cláudio Segovia, Oswaldo Montenegro, Jaime Álem, Jaques Morelenbaum, Tim Rescala and Ciro Barcelos.

Priscilla Azevedo
Priscilla Azevedo
Priscilla Azevedo is graduated in Bachelors Degree in Piano from the University of Rio de Janeiro – UNIRIO – 2009. Studied with Claudio Dauelsberg, Ruth Serrão and Linda Bustani. She won the 25th National Piano Competition Paulo Giovanini. In 2010, she post-graduated in Teaching at Cândido Mendes University. As a solist, she has performed at Sala Villa- Lobos, Sala Leopoldo Miguez, Sala Cecília Meireles, Museum of Earth Sciences – CPRM. She is improving more and more in Chamber Music with several different configurations and also as co-repeater pianist, performing at international festivals and at Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro , among others. She also stands out for her versatility in popular and classical music, working with singers of MPB and with Instrumental Music. She has participated in many musicals as a co-repeater pianist and member of orchestras, such as The Sound of Music, Avenue Q, Hairspray, La Cage aux Folles, Fiddler on the Roof , Xanadu, Hello Dolly, among others. She currently participates in the musical All musicals by Chico Buarque in 90 minutes as a pianist and accordionist, and is recording an album for Biscoito Fino on this show.
Veronica Fernandes
Veronica Fernandes
Verónica Fernandes is a Portuguese pianist who began her studies in classical piano at the age of 8, at the Conservatório de Música do Porto (CMP). She has been a member of the Jazz Orchestra of the CMP for two years, having performed in emblematic spaces such as the Palace of the Port of Porto and the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon).

In 2012, her taste and curiosity for the rhythms and popular Brazilian manifestations brought her to Rio de Janeiro, where she has resided ever since. Here she was able to deepen his passion for choro, samba and MPB, and go beyond this musical scene in Rio, maintaining his interest also in the rhythms and dances of Frevo, Maracatu and capoeira.

In Rio de Janeiro she works in the field of classical and popular piano, having performed as soloist in Sala Villa-Lobos and Casa do Choro; as a correspondent, she integrated, over a year, the opera workshop at UNIRIO, under the guidance of Carol McDavit; in musical theater he acted in the spectacle “We will always have Paris”; as keyboardist, participated in the Carnival blocks of Batuque das Girls and Electric Thriller.

She currently holds a bachelor’s degree in piano at UNIRIO under the guidance of Erika Ribeiro, having been a student of Maria Teresa Madeira for 3 years.

MAKO
MAKO
Masako-Tanaka Born in Kobe, Japan, MAKO ( Masako Tanaka ) fell for samba and choro before leaving her home country, where she founded the samba group Telecoteco. Since then she has composed a repertoire with the best of Brazilian composers like Top Hat, Wilson Batista, Ataulfo Alves, Noel Rosa, Chico Buarque, Zé Keti, among others. In 2001 she came to Brazil with the aim to meet, study and master the Portuguese and Brazilian rhythms. Since then, she has participated as a percussionist on Monobloco group and Levada group, which is composed of women and drummers led by drummer and percussionist Robertinho Silva. The group performed regularly in Rio de Janeiro and has participated Tim Festival in 2003. The group also made part of the release show of Brazilian Drumming – Percussion Orchestra de Robertinho Silva at Sala Cecília Meirelles. Mako is part of the Mulheres de Chico group composed of only women percussionists in Rio de Janeiro. As a singer, in 2005 she co-founded the group Sushi na Brasa, specializing in samba roots and traditional choro. Besides the Brazilian music, Masako presents also singing traditional Japanese music. She also currently working in the group Japa Bossa Nossa, that remakes bossa nova classics.

Members from Previous Line-ups

Gisele Sant’Ana
Gisele Sant’Ana
Maíra Freitas
Maíra Freitas
Késia Decote
Késia Decote
Jadna Zimmermann
Jadna Zimmermann
Claudia Castelo Branco
Claudia Castelo Branco
Anne Amberget
Anne Amberget