Upcoming FREE Concert: Sylvia Thereza on October 7th

Dear KMTA and members,


I am extremely happy to announce a wonderful concert (You will love this):


Maria Joao Pires (together with Martha Argerich) is on the top female pianists in the world and one of her assistants and friend – Sylvia Thereza – is coming to Kentucky for a recital and free lessons!


Please mark your calendars for October 7th at 7:30 PM – Gifford Theater in Richmond KY (Eastern Kentucky University). FREE to the public.


Sylvia will play Debussy (1st Book of Images), Beethoven’s Appassionata and Schumann (Arabesque and Carnival Op. 9!!).


Bring your students and friends for a great concert and have the opportunity to discuss teaching techniques, pedagogical strategies and talk about music with this international pianist.


Her program and resume are below.

Bernardo Scarambone


“I was profoundly struck by the sensitivity and very particular personality of this young pianist who moved me deeply and I dare foresee a brilliant career thanks to all her great artistic qualities” – Teresa Berganza, 2004

“Here is someone that is exceedingly talented! Rarely in my life I encountered someone with such human and artistic qualities” – Maria João Pires, 2012

“Owner of a rare pianism, extremely enthusiastic, serious, and possessing a very singular temperament.” – Nelson Freire, 2004

“She is a devoted musician, a splendid pianist!  Who has a rare pianistic ability and great personality.” – Earl Wild, 2006

“Whatever Sylvia Thereza plays has the stamp, passion and sensitivity of her truly unique personality … One of the most remarkable artists I have ever been privileged to teach.” – Alan Weiss, 2014

Sylvia Thereza, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began her musical studies improvising with her father at the age of three. She soon caught the attention of the musical métier in Brazil and later continued her studies with great figures of the South American pianistic tradition: Maria da Penha, disciple of Marguerite Long, Guiomar Novaes  and Jozef Turczynski; and Myrian Dauelsberg, disciple of Vlado Perlemuter and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Her talent later called attention on the US, where she was sponsored for studying with the Russian pianist Bella Davidovich, in New York,  and later in Belgium, with Alan Weiss at the Master program of University of Leuven. Precious support also came from Nelson Freire, Earl Wild and Sergio Tiempo.

Her artistry has been widely recognized by both the general public and music critics as well as by musicians such as Maria João Pires, Nelson Freire and Teresa Berganza, among others.

Sylvia has been performing since the age of six as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist all over Europe, the Americas, Middle East, South Korea and Japan. Her way of experiencing art,  has held her from important stages around the world also to the most unprivileged communities on the globe.

Winner of 12 piano competitions, among which Nelson Freire Competition, 2004, Sylvia has been regularly invited to play in many Festivals and Orchestras, such as Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphonic Orchestra, Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra,  Hannover Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, among others.  An enthusiastic chamber musician she regularly plays with Maria João Pires and the Russian violinist Michael Taits.

As part of her social commitment and musical philosophy, Sylvia developed a pioneering project that introduced classical music across her native Brazil to more than 12,000 children living in the most underprivileged social conditions, work that held the support of famous artists and the Ministry of Culture due to its significance.

Sylvia, since a very early age, apart from the concert scene felt the need to develop a special methodology that brings together philosophical depth, playful experimentation and the resilient side of art, combining the artistic vision of Villa-Lobos, Kodály and Gramani. This approach to life and art brought her extremely close to the internationally acclaimed pianist Maria João Pires, who embraced her as her protégé.  After teaching Sylvia Thereza for several years, and sharing the stage in many countries around the globe, Maria João Pires invited her to become her assistant professor at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, a post that she has held from 2012 to 2016.

Founder of the ASBL Uaná – Association pour Les Arts, in Belgium, organization that is bringing music to socially and physically disadvantage children and reuniting great names of the musical world for this commitment – trough music education, concerts and recordings.


Debussy – Images 1st book
​                   .Reflets dans l’eau
​                   .Hommage a Rameau
​                   .Mouvement

​Beethoven – Sonata op.57
​                     Allegro  Assai
​                     Andante con Moto
​                     Alegro na non Troppo

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​Schumann – Arabesque op.18

​                     Carnaval op. 9