Sylvia Thereza

“Here is someone that is exceedingly talented! Rarely in my life I encountered someone with such human and artistic qualities.”

Maria Jõao Pires

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.

“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.”

Tereza Berganza

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.

Prize winner of the “Martha Argerich edition” on the International Piano Competition of Vigo, Spain; 2019 that had Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Tamas Vasary and Sergio Tiempo on the Juri; and also winner of Nelson Freire Competition, held in Rio de Janeiro, 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, with cellist Judith Ermert and in trio with Ning Kam, violin and Judith Ermert, cello.

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.

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

Nelson Freire

Founder of the ASBL Uaná – Association Four the 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.

Sylvia Thereza plays Villa-Lobos – A Dança do Índio Branco
Beethoven – Sonata op. 57 – Sylvia Thereza
Sylvia Thereza plays Chopin Nocturne op.27 n.2

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