Brazilian pianist Helena Azevedo was accepted at age six 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. Her international studies have included degrees in piano performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Texas at 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 Helena’s performance career and awards include the following performing Grieg’s A minor Piano Concerto as guest soloist with the Belem Symphony in Brazil, First Place Prize Winner, of the “Debut Tour Competition” sponsored by Ladies Musical Club, Seattle, featured soloist with the University of California at Santa Barbara Orchestra, and soloist with the Paraís Chamber Orchestra. She has received numerous awards, including recipient of the Amanda Vick Lethco Piano Pedagogy Prize, the Aspen School of Music Scholarship, the Esperia Foundation Award Scholarship for attendance at Johannnesen International School of the Arts in British Columbia, Canada, among many other prizes and merits.
Ms. Azevedo has been a featured guest lecturer, performer, and juror of the Seattle International Piano Festival and a integral member throughout its inception. Currently, she is an Associate Faculty Member in the Music Department at Shoreline Community College, Seattle.