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Rio de Janeiro


Brazilian pianist, founder of Brasil Classical, Brazil's Touring Youth Orchestra Academy and Rio International Chamber Music Week

Simone Leitão enjoys a solid career as soloist, chamber musician and recitalist in Brazil, the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is one of Brazil's most sought after pianists nowadays. Simone is known for her intense vitality, ample technical means, strong rhythmic drive and fire in her performances. Her industrious personality has gained notoriety by her cultural enterprises  over the past six years, which has fostered youth academic training, chamber music making and new audience building in Brazil). She is the founder and artistic director of Academia Jovem Concertante (Touring Youth Orchestra Academy - since 2012) and Rio International Chamber Music Week, since 2012 and Minas International Chamber Music Week - since 2014.

Leitão holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Musicology by the University of Miami Frost School of Music, USA; Master of Music in Piano Performance by the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and Bachelors degree in Music by the University of Rio. She was a student of Ivan Davis in USA (pupil of Horowitz), Geir Braaten in Norway and Linda Bustani in Brazil.

Simone Leitão keeps a very busy schedule with over 40 performances a year and annually performing in major halls such as Canergie Hall, São Paulo Symphony Hall, Cecília Meireles Hall, Knight Concert Hall etc. She has collaborated with conductors such as Eduardo Marturet, Apo Hsu, Ricardo Castro, Daniel Guedes, Luiz Fernando Malheiro, Guilherme Bernstein to name a few. She has recorded a solo recital by MSR label in 2011, which has gained a series of praising reviews in USA and Brazil, has toured China and tours Brazil with orchestra at least twice a year, since 2012. Her 2013 tour playing Rachmaninoff no. 2 and Prokofieff no. 1 Concerto with Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra was subject of a 50 minutes documentary by wining film direct Katia Lund and has appeared in Brazil's national TV for 10 months. The documentary is called "Pare, Olhe, Escute.")

Simone Leitão is known for her great interpretation of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos and Prokofieff, She will release her new CD dedicated solely to the music of Bach, with both solo and solo and orchestra works with her Academia Concertante (Youth Orchestra Academy) this year.

To know more about her projects please visit:


Brasil Classical

Academia Jovem Concertante

Semana Internacional de Música de Câmara do Rio de Janeiro