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History and Members 2018-07-30T21:54:15+00:00

The hands and one prepared piano.

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

Our History

PianOrquestra stands out for its originality and quality with a work involving four pianists, a percussionist and a piano prepared.
Considered one of the “10 best concerts of the year” by Jornal O Globo; received the highest score of the 3 Americas to participate in the Classical Next showcase in the Netherlands and has sold out seasons in the main theaters of Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Curitiba, Brasília, Belo Horizonte).
Drumsticks, guitar picks, nylon strings, rubber sandals, metal, wood, fabric and plastic pieces, PianOrquestra explores the infinite possibilities of timbres and sonorities produced by the piano, transforming the instrument into its own orchestra.
PianOrquestra has musical direction by the renowned pianist Claudio Dauelsberg, who performs alongside the pianists Marina Spoladore, Priscila Azevedo and Veronica Fernandes, and percussionist Masako Tanaka. The group explores in an unprecedented way the ethnic elements of the Brazilian roots, in virtuous interpretations, without giving up the sensitivity, delicacy and lyricism, in a repertoire that contains samba, ciranda, suddenly, maracatu, among other Brazilian rhythms mixed with contemporary world influences.
PianOrquestra has been impacting audiences and garnering great media attention for its quality and originality since its debut in August 2003. With the release of the DVD in 2007, the group has achieved a very unusual media range for the music business instrumental quality. It was cover of the Culture Brochure of the main newspapers of the cities that has performed.
The group has participated in TV shows such as Fantástico, Altas Horas, Faustão, Programa do Jô, Partituras, Terra Brasilis (MusicBox Brasil), Start (GNT), Instrumental Sesc TV, Jornal O Globo, Canal Curta, among others. Awarded by Rumos Itaú Cultural and by Telemar in 2005, the group is a constant presence in important stages and music festivals all over Brazil. They have two DVDs released with great success and recognition of the public and the media, crowding theaters all over Brazil.
Since then the group has performed in important international stages such as:
  • International Piano Festival La Roque D ‘Anthéron, France;
  • Belfast Festival, SARC – United Kingdom;
  • Classical: NEXT 2016, De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands;
  • Concertgebouw Amsterdam – The Netherlands;
  • Vancouver Jazz Festival, Canada;
  • Oslo Brazil Music Festival, Norway;
  • Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
  • IFT Theater, Buenos Aires, Argentina;
  • Nescafe Theater of the Arts, Chile;
  • Codarts, Rotterdam – The Netherlands;
  • Gävle Konserthus, Gävle, Sweden;
  • Vasteras Konserthus, Vasteras, Sweden;
  • Stora Theatern, Göteborg, Sweden;
  • Gerlersborgsskolan, Hamburgsund, Sweden;
  • Olsbergs Arena, Eksjö, Sweden.

“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

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.

Priscilla Azevedo
Priscilla Azevedo

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

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

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.

Amanda Kohn
Amanda Kohn

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

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

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.

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