Antonio Vaz Lemes
Born in São Paulo, Antonio Vaz Lemes is a solo pianist, chamber music performer and accompanist, with considerable experience and training in both popular and classical music. He is a graduate of prestigious Brazilian institutions such as the Conservatory of Tatuí, the Arts Institute of UNESP (the São Paulo State University), and EMESP (Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo) Tom Jobim.
Antonio Vaz Lemes also studied in France, taking lessons with Noël Lee, and attending the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau and the Académie Francis Poulenc. In addition to classes and masterclasses, he received guidance from teachers including Phillipe Entremont, Alicia de Larrocha, Jean Phillipe Collard, Christian Ivaldi, Nahin Marum, and Gilberto Tinetti.
Antonio Vaz Lemes has performed as a concert soloist with Brazilian orchestras such as Eleazar de Carvalho’s Festival, Symphonics from Paraíba, Campo Grande, Tatuí, and Sergipe. He has also collaborated with renowned figures of the Brazilian classical music scene. Of particular significance is his partnership with the singer Edson Cordeiro, with whom he recorded the acclaimed album Contratenor (Countertenor), which, in 2006, was nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards® in the category Best Classical Album.
With the support of a CAPES Foundation research grant, Antonio Vaz Lemes earned his Master's degree in piano performance from the Arts Institute of UNESP, with a research paper entitled Pianistic fingerings and their relationships with technical and musical principles.
Currently residing in São Paulo, Antonio Vaz Lemes is a Professor at the Municipal School of Arts Initiation (EMIA), where he develops numerous pedagogical activities related to childhood piano instruction. Sonata Brasileira is his first solo album, representing his technique, musicality, and his artistic interests and concerns.