Helena Azevedo (Brazil/USA) - Shoreline Community College.

Brazilian pianist, HELENA AZEVEDO, became involved in music at a very young age. At six, she was accepted into the youth program at the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in Belem where she studied music theory, history and took piano lessons, which became the foundation of her musical education. Throughout her childhood she studied piano with her mother, piano professor Doris Azevedo.

Ms. Azevedo’s formal music education consists of a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB), and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin (UT). She also completed the coursework for a Doctorate in Piano Performance at UT - Austin. Her piano teachers have included Peter Yazbek, Anton Nel, and Greg Allen, and in pedagogy, her teachers were Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. Helena has performed in numerous master classes for artists such as Seymour Bernstein, John Perry, Loren Hollander, Leon Bates, Bela Siki, Nelson Freire, and Arnaldo Cohen.

Highlights of Ms. Azevedo’s performance career and awards include the following: Guest Soloist with the Belem Symphony, Brazil (Grieg Piano Concerto); First Place Prize Winner, “Debut Tour Competition”, sponsored by Ladies Musical Club, Seattle; Amanda Vick Lethco Piano Pedagogy Prize; Featured Soloist with the U.C.S.B. Orchestra and Para’s Chamber Orchestra; Aspen School of Music Scholarship; Esperia Foundation Award Scholarship for attendance at Johannesen International School of the Arts, B.C., Canada.

Ms. Azevedo’s teaching experience includes “Group Piano Symposium” guest lecturer in Belem, Brazil; Assistant Director of Piano Pedagogy Project at U.T. Austin Music Department; Class Piano Instructor, U.T. Fine Arts Department Continuing Education Program; Class Piano Teacher at U.T. Austin Music Department and Music Center Northwest, Seattle, WA. Currently she is an Associate Faculty Member in the Music Department at Shoreline Community College, Seattle.

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