João Paulo Casarotti


Academic Papers- English
Chopin the Teacher
DMA Dissertation - LSU

João Paulo Casarotti is a Brazilian pianist and pedagogue. He received a Doctoral in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University, M.M in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University, M. M. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Dakota, a B. M. in Music Performance from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a Performance Diploma from the “Maestro Ernst Mahle” Music School of Piracicaba-Brazil, and a Performance Certificate from the National Academy of Music in Sofia–Bulgaria. Among his teachers were Michael Gurt, Sheila Paige, Maria Del Pico Taylor, Mauricy Martin, Sergio Gallo, Gilberto Tinetti, Victor Tchouchkov, Marisa Lacorte and Cecilia Bellato.

Dr. Casarotti maintains an active schedule performing, researching, and preparing pedagogy presentations. He has performed as a solo and chamber pianist in Brazil, the US, Bulgaria, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Uruguai, and Paraguai. He has also performed with orchestras in Brazil and the United States. Mr. Casarotti served as the Artistic Director of the music series “Ernst Mahle in America” (2009) and“Villa Lobos in America” (2010). He arranged for these concerts to be performed at Rock Hall (Temple University) in Philadelphia, Steinert Hall in Boston, and Steinway Hall in New York.

Dr. Casarotti is an important researcher of Ernst Mahle’s works for piano and is involved in creating a project to make Mahle’s music more accessible for the public. Mr. Casaroti has presented lectures for the Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities, the Temple University MTNA chapter, the Northern Delaware Valley Chapter of the Music Teachers Association, and the Pennsylvania State Conference of the Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Casarotti specializes in the Taubman Approach and studied under the tutelage of Maria Del Pico Taylor and Dorothy Taubman.  He became the editor for the Booklet of Musical Examples of the Taubman Seminar at Temple University and served as the Taubman Seminar Assistant for 3 years.  Casarotti was recently named faculty in training of the Keyboard Wellness Seminar at University of North Texas and he is currently studying with Sheila Paige.

In 2009, Dr. Casarotti began developing research to create an online piano studio. Since then, he has taught students at a distance from several locations including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, and Brazil. Mr. Casarotti created the Southern University Online piano studio in 2013. This initiative has been a major asset for the music program at Southern University. He has become a consultant for private studios and universities in Brazil and the US and has been presenting at the MTNA National Conference as well as the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP).

Dr. Casarotti has a prolific career as teacher in both Brazil and the United States. Mr. Casarotti has a prolific career as teacher in both Brazil and the United States. Previous teaching appointments includes University of North Dakota, Temple University, Temple Preparatory School, Darlington Arts Center and Escola de Música de Piracicaba(Brazil) Currently, Mr. Casarotti is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and the coordinator of piano studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge. In addition Dr. Casarotti is the founder and artistic director of the Encontro Internacional de Pianistas and the Piracicaba International Piano Concerto Competition, Brazil.



Clelia Iruzun

With her combination of colourful Brazilian spirit and musicianship, London-based pianist Clélia Iruzun is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge onto the international scene in recent years.

Clélia’s childhood was spent in the rich cultural atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro where she began playing the piano at the age of four, winning her first competition at seven and making her orchestral debut playing Grieg’s Piano Concerto at 15. At 17 Clelia won a scholarship to continue her development by studying with the highly regarded Maria Curcio in London, and then with Christopher Elton, who took her under his wing at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with the Recital Diploma. Later she also studied with Noretta Conci and then with Mercês de Silva Telles, who encouraged Clélia to develop her own definitive style. Her mentors have included Fou Ts’Ong, Stephen Kovacevich, and her compatriots, the great pianists Jacques Klein and Nelson Freire. Even from the early years of her career, Clélia’s stunning piano playing caught the attention of prominent musical figures such as Francisco Mignone who wrote a Suite especially for her and more recently Marlos Nobre who also dedicated a piece for her. Clélia has won many awards in Brazil and in Europe, such as the Tunbridge Wells Piano Competition in the UK, the Paloma O'Shea in Santander and Pilar Bayona in Zaragoza, Spain.

Clélia Iruzun has given recitals and concerto performance all over Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her tours in China included concerts for huge audiences, including recitals at the Grand Theatre in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Her recital in Shanghai was voted one of the ten best concerts of the year. She has also toured China and Brazil with the Coull Quartet and performed with them again in the UK in the Southbank and in their series in Warwick University.

In the UK she has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square and music societies and festivals across the country. She has also appeared several times on radio and television, including broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
Concert tours have taken her across Canada and the USA, to Yugoslavia, Poland and the Czech Republic, Portugal, France and Spain. She has performed extensively in Scandinavia as well.

She has played several first performances of Brazilian works including the Piano Quintet by Henrique Oswald, Iara by Francisco Mignone for piano and string quartet, the Octet by Villa-Lobos, Piano Sonata by João Guilherme Ripper, Desafio for Piano and Guitar and Sonata Breve by Marlos Nobre and the Sonatina for Piano and Guitar by Radames Gnattali at the South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall as well as Piano Concertos such as the Mignone’s Fantasia No.3 in Norway with the Kristiansand Orchestra, in London with Lontano Ensemble and in Poland with the Poznan Philharmonic where she also premiered the Concertante do Imaginario by Marlos Nobre.

In her native Brazil she is a regular performer on TV and radio and major concert halls where she has also premiered works by British composers such as York Bowen and Arnold Bax; recent performances include the prestigious Campos do Jordão Festival and concertos with leading orchestras in the country including the Albeniz Concerto with Filarmonica de Minas Gerais.

Clélia also dedicates a great deal of her performances to the Classical and Romantic repertoire and has been praised for her interpretations of Mozart, Chopin and Schumann.

On disc, Clélia’s has championed the music of South American composers: Villa-Lobos Piano Music (1992, Meridian Records-re-issued 2005), Latin American Dances (1998, Intim Musik), The Waltz Album (2002, Intim Musik), and Brazilian Mosaic – including a world premiere recording of Marlos Noble’s Concertante do Imaginario (2003, Lorelt), the music of Lecuona (2005, Lorelt) and Francisco Mignone-Piano Music (2007, Lorelt). A disc of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Concerto for Violin and Piano with Vasteras Sinfonietta and Joachim Gustafsson (1999, Intim Musik) was selected by Swedish Radio as the best recording of the double concerto available.

Her CD with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Odaline de la Martinez playing the Concertino by Elizabeth Maconchy, the others with Piano Music by Marlos Nobre and Federico Mompou have been receiving enthusiastic reviews by the critics as well as the one dedicated to the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth “Portrait of Rio” on Lorelt which was launched in 2015. Her latest CD the second volume of the Mompou on SOMM Records was released early in 2016 and was selected as one of the best recordings of the month by the Sunday Times.

Clelia founded the festival “Brazil Three Centuries of Music” with the Coull Quartet and they have already had two successful editions in London.

Clélia is married to Renato and has two children Raphael and Maria Clara and makes her home in London, returning to Brazil two or three times each year. When not performing, Clélia enjoys Philosophy, following films, is an avid art lover and enjoys cooking.
Clelia has a Master degree in Philosophy at the Birkbeck College, University of London.

Sheila Paige

How Motion Affects Sound

Diretora executiva e fundadora do Piano Wellness Seminar, hoje o Keyboard Wellness Seminar, tem mais de 35 anos de experiência com o trabalho de Dorothy Taubman e uma extensa atuação com Técnica de Alexander. Foi membro do corpo docente do Taubman Institute e atualmente é docente do Dorothy Taubman Seminar. Sua reputação como professora atrai pianistas de todos os Estados Unidos e também a faz requisitada regularmente para viajar para ensinar nas cidades de Dallas, Austin, Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Raleigh, Charlotte, Clearwater e Phoenix. Foi docente na Immaculata University e no Chestnut Hill College na região da Filadélfia e é hoje docente na Cleveland State University. Muitos de seus ex-alunos são hoje professores universitários e artistas que atuaram com inúmeras orquestras, tais como Vienna Philharmonic e Pittsburgh Symphony.

Sheila Paige ganhou reconhecimento internacional como palestrante e ministrante de masterclasses, incluindo as do Taubman Symposium no Selangor Institute of Music em Kuala Lumpur, na Malásia. Recentemente apresentou palestras em Dallas, Charlotte, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Cherry Hill, NJ, na University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Baptist University, Duquesne University, Oberlin College, North Carolina School of the Arts, Clearwater Christian College, na University of Texas at Tyler, e Vanderbilt University. Paige também apresentou seu trabalho em várias conferências: Oklahoma Music Teachers em junho de 2005, Music Teachers Association na California em julho de 2005, Texas Music Teachers Association em junho de 2006 e 2009, e California Association of Professional Music Teachers em fevereiro de 2007. Apresentou-se também na Piano Celebration, Metro State College (Denver), na University of North Texas, Meredith College, Cleveland State University, Dallas Music Teachers Association, Pittsburgh Music Teachers Association, Cary-Apex Music Teachers (Carolina do Norte), Raleigh Piano Teachers, Main Line Music Teachers Association (Pensilvânia), e Jacobs Music (loja Steinway, Cherry Hill, Nova Jérsei). Em junho de 2009 foi a principal palestrante convidada na University of Oklahoma, Pedagogy Seminar for Piano Teachers. Em julho de 2010, Sheila Paige apresentou na convenção National American Guild of Organists em Washington D. C. Paige também foi a principal palestrante convidada na
convenção estadual do South Carolina Music Teachers Association em novembro de 2010 e foi
também consultora convidada na convenção Kansas State Music Teachers Association em junho de 2013.

Atuando frequentemente como performer, Sheila Paige apresentou recitais e ao lado de orquestras tanto localmente quanto nacionalmente nos EUA. Como camerista, apresentou-se no Avery Fisher Hall no Lincoln Center, e suas performances solo já foram ouvidas na rede
nacional de rádio dos EUA.



Dr. Ana María Orduz-Espinal

Colombian pianist Ana Marìa Orduz-Espinal has performed in festivals such as ¨Piano Extravaganza¨, ¨Liszt Festival¨, International Clarinet Fest (USA), ClarinFest y ClarinSax Eafit, Festival Internacional de Clarinete de Bogotá, Festival Internacional de La Cultura de Tunja, Festival Internacional de Piano de Bucaramanga, Festival Internacional de Piano de Barrancabermeja, Festival Nacional de Piano UNAC (Colombia), Kota Kunabalú Music Festival, Malaysian Youth Music Festival (Malaysia), and the Zamorellis Concert Series in Chile. She has performed as a soloist with the Medellín Philharmonic, Eafit Symphony, University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Foundation Orchestra, Camerata UdeA, UDEA Symphonic Band and the IMDE Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Orduz had her Carnegie Hall Debut in 2016 in the Amazonas Concert Series; she has performed in Colombia, Italy, USA, Chile, Malaysia and Singapore.

Dr. Orduz has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including first place in the Città di Padova international competition (Italia) with the Betancur-Orduz piano duo and also in the concerto competition at the University of Memphis (USA). She was awarded several scholarships such as the Berl Olswanger, the Herbert Herman Memorial, the Carolina Oramas from Icetex, the Beethoven´s Club, the Cartagenas International Music Festival, grants from the Colombian government and the University of Iowa Research Fellowship among others. She was also awarded full scholarships to obtain her undergraduate degree at the University of Memphis where she graduated Suma Cum Laude and studied with Joan Gilbert, to obtain her Masters and Doctorate degrees at the University of Iowa where she studied with Dr. Réne Lecuona and Dr. Alan Huckleberry, to attend the piano summer program at Chautauqua Institution four times and the Mammoth Lakes summer music program two times where she studied with Rebecca Penneys, Joel Shoenhals, Paulina Zamora and John Milbauer. Her interest in piano pedagogy has allowed her to present workshops at national and state conferences in the USA, Malaysia and Colombia. She is the founder and director of the Pianissimo Foundation that organizes four concert series, pedagogy workshops and the largest piano Festival-Competition in Colombia (

Her discography includes ¨Día de diciembre¨ released in 2012 with Colombian Tenor Diver Higuita and ¨Portraits of Colombia¨ recorded in 2015 with the duo Orduz-Garcia founded in 2012 with clarinetist Jose Garcia-Taborda ( and Facebook: ORDUZGARCIA).

Ana Maria Orduz-Espinal is an associate professor and the head of the Piano Department at the University of Antioquia as well as a piano professor at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia. She taught at the University of Iowa and the Nancy Cree Keyboard Center. She is the co-founder and co-director, along with Dr. Rene Lecuona, of the Piano Festival of the Americas.

Regiane Yamaguchi


Orquestra Sinfônica do Rio Grande do Norte

Regiane Yamaguchi holds a DMA from the Cleveland Institute of Music in collaborative piano, a master’s degree from Penn State University in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, a Diplom Kunstlerisches Ausbildung in solo piano from the Hoschule für Musik Kalrsruhe (Germany) and a bachelor’s degree in piano from Unicamp. She was a prize winner for two consecutive years in the CIM Darius Milhaud Competition and in the Penn State Graduate Exhibition. In Brazil, she has also won several prizes in piano and chamber music national and international competitions, and frequently appears as pianist in chamber music. Regiane has been soloist with the Orquestra Sinfônica de Campinas, CIM New Music Ensemble e Penn State Graduate Quartet e CIM Percussion Ensemble. She has also performed with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Rio Grande do Norte as well as with the Orquestra Sinfônica da UFRN. She taught for four years in the festival Summer Music on the Shannon (Ireland) and participate in several important musica festivals, such as Aspen Music Festival, Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão, e Oficina de Música de Curitiba. Her academic works have been published in Brazil, USA and, recently, by the German publisher Springer, a chapter on voice balancing and dynamics in piano playing. Regiane has taught at Penn State University as well as at CASE Western Reserve University, has been accompanying fellow ate CIM, and acts today as professor at UFRN at both undergraduate and graduates levels. She also coordinates a program that offers the community piano classes for both children and adult beginners.



Dra. Luciana Sayure

Natural de Santo André-SP, Luciana Sayure teve sua formação musical e pianística integralmente efetuada no Brasil, tendo concluído Bacharelado pela Faculdade de Artes Alcântara Machado (FAAM), Mestrado e Doutorado pela Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Reflete em seu trabalho influências de três personalidades do piano brasileiro: Marisa Lacorte, Yara Bernette - que lhe ofereceu uma bolsa de estudos - e Mauricy Martin. Foi premiada em diversos concursos de piano, tendo obtido os primeiros prêmios no I Concurso Nacional de Piano Arthur Moreira Lima, no XIII Concurso Nacional de Piano Paulo Giovanini, no I Concurso Nacional de Piano Lorenzo Fernandez e no Concurso Jovem Pianista. Suas atividades pedagógicas tiveram início aos seus 16 anos, como professora do Conservatório Santa Cecília, em Santo André SP. Posteriormente, integrou o corpo docente da Fundação das Artes de São Caetano do Sul, da Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo e do Conservatório Dramático e Musical Dr. Carlos de Campos (Tatuí-SP). Desde 2007, é Professora dos Programas de Graduação e Pós-Graduação do Departamento de Música da Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) e, juntamente com o Prof. Eduardo Monteiro, desenvolve intensa atividade de formação com jovens pianistas e realiza ainda projetos de pesquisa e de extensão, destacando-se: a  Oficina de Piano USP, o Simpósio Performa Clavis Internacional e os  projetos A obra pianística de Alexandre Levy (1864-1892): concertos e gravação de CD” e  Em preto e Branco: recitais de piano e palestras acerca dos cursos oferecidos pelo CMU/ECA/USP em escolas de formação musical do Estado de São Paulo.


Pianista e Compositor

"Paulo Gazzaneo movimenta-se com perfeita naturalidade neste mundo romântico provando essa sua atração com as Polonaises de Chopin que nos apresentou. Possui toda a técnica de piano e a riqueza de sentimentos que este estilo exige de seus intérpretes". - Marianne Pándi, 1990 Magyar Nemzet, Budapeste
Faculdade Cantareira

Foi assim que o paulistano Paulo Gazzaneo começava a sua carreira internacional no velho continente, em recital de piano realizado na Kisterem da Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Főiskola na cidade de Budapeste, Hungria.

A sua bem sucedida carreira está baseada em duas vertentes de seu trabalho, a interpretação e a pedagogia e, recentemente, tem se destacado na área da composição.

Mestre pela Unicamp - Universidade Estadual de Campinas sob a orientação do Prof. Dr. Mauricy Matos Martin, em sua formação acadêmica destacam-se as orientações de Amaral Vieira, Osvaldo Lacerda e Almeida Prado no Brasil, Hans Graf na Academia Superior de Música de Viena, Áustria e István Lantos, Ferenc Rádos e Marta Gulyás na Academia Superior Franz Liszt de Budapeste, Hungria.

Desde o seu retorno ao Brasil em 1993, fixou residência em São Paulo e assumiu como principal premissa de seu trabalho a execução e registro fonográfico de obras de compositores brasileiros, preferencialmente ainda ativos buscando valorizar a geração atual de criadores.

Como intérprete já dispõe de oito títulos em sua discografia, sete dos quais integralmente dedicados à música nacional. Como compositor, além de um registro fonográfico produzido em 2005 pelo selo PMC, já foi prestigiado pelo Harpyia Quartet (Grécia) em uma temporada de concertos pelos países da Europa Oriental em 2003. Em 2010 a Taiwan at Sun Yat-sen University utilizou o seu Trio para piano e cordas em seu repertório acadêmico.

Como recitalista e solista já se apresentou nos Estados Unidos, América Central, em todos os países da América do Sul e nos principais centros musicais europeus (Áustria, Alemanha, Bélgica, Hungria, Polônia, Espanha, Grécia, Bulgária, Inglaterra, Suíça), destacando-se a sua interpretação da integral dos Concertos para Piano de Mozart realizada em Budapeste em 1991, e recentemente uma bem sucedida temporada de concertos pelos Estados Unidos em 2012.

Como camerista desenvolveu entre 2002 e 2006 um importante trabalho de difusão do repertório contemporâneo brasileiro no Trio Retrato Brasileiro e atualmente confirma sua versatilidade técnica e estética no São Paulo Arte Trio, ao lado do violinista Paulo Calligopoulos e da violoncelista Ana Chamorro.

Como regente, fez sua estréia no cenário artístico brasileiro no mês de dezembro de 2011 frente a Orquestra Filarmônica do Brasil em concerto realizado na cidade do Rio de Janeiro.

Atualmente é docente da Faculdade Cantareira nas cadeiras de Linguagem e Estruturação Musical e correpetição, Diretor do Festival Música das Esferas - Festival Internacional de Música de Bragança Paulista, Diretor e Consultor da sessão internacional do Festival de Música Clássica de João Pessoa, pianista titular da Orquestra Filarmônica do Brasil, membro fundador do São Paulo Arte Trio e é representado artisticamente pela agência Weimar.

Gazzaneo é membro da American Liszt Society e British Liszt Society. 





Mauricy Martin


Maurícy Martin is an international recitalist and chamber musician.  Prof. Martin has been on the piano faculty at the University of Campinas in Brazil since 1985 where he is head of the Piano Department and is also the Artistic Director of the Bačka Palanka International Piano Festival in Serbia.

As soloist he has appeared with the Campinas Symphony Orchestra, Sorocaba Symphony, Bragança Paulista Symphony Orchestra, University of Campinas Symphony Orchestra and Youth Costal Orchestra of São Paulo. Having performed in most important cities in Brazil, in the United States, Dr. Martin has performed in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Indianapolis, Raleigh and Washington D.C. among others. In Argentinaperformed in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata and in Novi Sad and Bačka Palanka, Serbia.
He enjoys an international reputation as a teacher, presenting Master Classes in festivals and universities throughout Brazil, US, Italy, Argentina, Serbia and Paraguay. Some of this institutions include the Isidor Bajic School of Music in Serbia, the National University in Paraguay and American universities such as Georgia State University, Northwestern State University of Connecticut, University of North Dakota, Meredith College (NC), Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Southern University also in Lousiana, Indiana State University and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

His students have been prize winners in most national important piano competitions in Brazil and two prizes in international competitions.
Maurícy Martin holds degrees from Indiana State, Indiana University and Boston
University having studied with Robert C. Smith, Alfonso Montecino and Anthony
di Bonaventura.



Dr. Alan Huckleberry

UIPianoped Wiki

Praised for his “impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache” (American Record Guide), pianist Alan Huckleberry is recognized as a multi-faceted artist on the classical music scene.  He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, England, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Colombia, and across the United States.

Huckleberry is also in demand as a chamber musician, with recitals across the United States, Australia, and Europe. He can be heard on five compact disc recordings on the Crystal Record, MSR and Albany Record labels. Two further CDs will be released in the fall of 2014.

In addition to his performing career, Dr. Huckleberry is equally passionate about his role as an educator.  He is currently associate professor of piano pedagogy and collaborative arts at The University of Iowa. There he heads the piano pedagogy program, which is now recognized as one of the leading programs in the nation.  He is a sought-after speaker on pedagogical topics, including talks at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Music Teachers National Conference.  At The University of Iowa, he also maintains a studio of national and international students, who themselves are beginning to leave their mark in their field.  In fact, all DMA graduates from his piano pedagogy program are now teaching at academic institutions across the country and abroad.    

A native of Indiana, Huckleberry began serious studies at the piano in Germany with Polish pianist Barbara Szczepanska.  Further studies at the conservatories of Karlsruhe and Cologne with Japanese pedagogue Naoyuki Taneda and German pianist Josef A. Scherrer solidified a diverse and international musical background. He then returned to the United States where he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Arthur Greene (performance) and John Ellis (pedagogy).

Huckleberry’s repertoire not only includes the standard works of the piano literature, but he is an ardent supporter of new music and young composers, as seen by a long list of compositions which were written for him. Among the many 20th and 21st century styles he enjoys, he is particularly interested in contemporary rags and other crossover genres.

Dr. Huckleberry has recently embarked upon a massive video recording project.  Together with Dr. Jason Sifford, he is creating the largest known database of performances of piano pedagogical literature.  In the end, it will encompass some 9000 videos of beginning to intermediate repertoire.  The videos are available to all, free of charge, at YouTube. To go along with his video project, Dr. Huckleberry has created a Wiki style website, which includes piano pedagogical information on each recorded piece, as well as composer and publisher information. To visit this site, please click here.


Dr. Jovanni Rey de Pedro

Filipino-American pianist Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro enjoys an artistic career that has brought him to concert venues and musical institutions in Asia, across NorthAmerica, South America, Australia, and Europe. Recent engagements have included concerto appearances with the Vienna Residenz Orchester, and solo recitals at London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Winner of the Boesendorfer Stipendium and Grand Prizewinner of the FidelioCompetition sponsored by the City of Vienna’s Cultural Affairs Department, Jovannialso acquired top prizes at the United States Open Music Competition, Pacific Piano Competition in Canada, Ibiza Competition in Spain, the Beethoven Society of Europe’s Piano Competition in England, the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, and the American Prize in Piano. He is also a recipient of the Isabelle Bond Gold Medal for Performance Excellence from Trinity College of Music in London. His artistic and educational activities have been further supported by grants from the Solti Foundation in Belgium, the Irish Arts Council, the American Women’s Association in Vienna, and the University of Idaho.

As a chamber musician, Jovanni has collaborated with numerous instrumentalists and singers. Together with Irish cellist Tara-Lee Byrne and Portuguese clarinetist Sergio Neves, he founded the TaRvangIO in 2008. They made their debut at the Yamaha Chamber Music Series in London, and recently joined with Hungarian violinist Gwendolyn Masin for a tour of Ireland performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. TaRvangIO continues to bring entertaining and innovating programs to audiences in the USA and Europe.

Jovanni’s academic research and pedagogical interests have led to numerous presentations for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), College Music Society (CMS), European Piano Teachers Association/World Piano Teachers Association, and was a keynote speaker and recitalist for numerous conferences in Australia. Passionate about the next generation of pianists and teachers, he has chaired the Young Professionals Track at the MTNA National Conference, and currently serves as advisor for the University of Idaho’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter, and co-founder and committee chair of the MTNA Piano Pedagogy Symposium – an annual national conference for college students and young professionals. 

A California native, Jovanni holds a Konzert Diplom (with auszeichnung) from the Vienna Conservatory in Austria where he spent six years as a scholar of the ASCAP/Leiber and Stoller Foundation, a Master of Music from Trinity College of Music in London, and a doctoral degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Michigan. He has worked with pianists Robert Ward, Aries Caces, Gerhard Geretschlaeger, Yonty Solomon, Mikhail Kazakevich, Deniz Gelenbe, and Louis Nagel, and coached with Menahem Pressler, Martino Tirimo, and Pierre Laurent Aimard. He received additional studies in pedagogy with John Ellis, and collaborative piano with Christopher Harding and Eugene Asti.

Dr. de Pedro recently served as a visiting professor of music at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and instructor of piano and chamber music at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. He recently joined the faculty at the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Music as an assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy, and co-director of the preparatory music program.

Pitágoras Gonçalves

Began his piano studies at the age of four. This sparkled his curiosity about sound and music. This curiosity has led him to further his musical studies from the conservatoire degree to a bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Dr. Gonçalves has studied classical piano under Alex Pascoal, Fernando Lopes, Mauricy Martin, Daisy de Luca Jaffé, and Michael Gurt. He studied jazz piano under Rafael de Souza and Willis Delony.

Dr. Gonçalves has participated in many recordings as a pianist, organist, and arranger. He performs regularly in Brazil and in the US both as a soloist or collaborating withhis wife's choirs.

During his doctoral studies, his empirical research has led him to explore and explain deeper aspects of the human perception of the piano tone. This research was done in collaboration with Dr. Marcio de Queiroz from the Engineering department at Louisiana State University. Based on his findings, combined with over 15 years of experience teaching music in the college level, Dr. Gonçalves invented and developed Percebe™ , the only software in the world capable of evaluating expressive elements in a student's practice.

Currently Dr. Gonçalves serves as a piano and organ Assistant Professor at Pensacola Christian College, Florida, and also work as the CEO and President of Percebe Music Inc.


“Pristine technique … passionate playing.”  
-- The Washington Post

Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi

Pianist Alejandro Cremaschi, a native of Argentina, teaches piano and piano pedagogy as Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His playing has been described as “pristine” and “passionate” by the Washington Post, and “polished” and “exemplary” by the Fanfare magazine. He received a Master’s and a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, and undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina. He studied piano with Dora De Marinis, Nancy Roldan and Lydia Artymiw. His repertoire includes works by American, Latin American and Argentine composers such as George Crumb, Carlos Guastavino, Juan Jose Castro, Luis Jorge Gonzalez and Alberto Ginastera. Praised as an intelligent and sensitive pianist, he has played in numerous cities worldwide, including Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Montreal, Pittsburgh, London, Washington, Kuala Lumpur and New York. He was a prizewinner at the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in 2001.

Mr. Cremaschi is in demand as a specialist in Latin American piano music. He is the editor and recording artist for the revised pedagogical edition of Alberto Ginastera’s Twelve American Preludes Op. 12, published by Carl Fischer Publishing in October 2016. This edition includes a recording, editorial notes and pedagogical strategies. He has offered numerous presentations on this repertoire and other pedagogical topics at national and international teacher conferences such as the International Society for Music Education and the Music Teachers National Association conventions. Between 1996 and 2002, he was a member of the Argentine Foundation “Ostinato,” founded and directed by his former teacher Dora De Marinis, a specialist in the work of Alberto Ginastera. As a member of this foundation, and in collaboration with other members, he recorded Argentine music for the labels IRCO, Ostinato and Marco Polo, and participated in concert tours in the US and Europe.  Starting in 2004, he collaborated with, and premiered many works by the Argentine composer and CU professor emeritus Luis Jorge Gonzalez, until his passing in 2016. His recordings of solo and chamber music by Dr. Gonzalez’s have been released in the CDs Las Puertas del Tiempo (2009), Fervor (2012) and Tango: Body and Soul (2015) by the British label Meridian Records. Las Puertas del Tiempo was praised by Fanfare Magazine as “exemplary.” 

In addition to Latin American music, Cremaschi’s pedagogical focus includes group piano, technology-aided instruction and cooperative learning. He has been a frequent presenter at the National Conference in Keyboard Pedagogy, the Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy, CMS, MTNA, MENC and ISME national and international conferences. His pedagogical reviews and articles have appeared in the Keyboard Companion, Clavier, the MTNA e-Journal, the American Music Teacher magazines, Research Studies in Music Education journal, the European Piano Teachers Association Piano journal, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, and the Piano Pedagogy Forum on-line journal.