Brazilian pianist Catarina Domenici earned a MM and a DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she was also awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate and the Lizie Teege Mason Award for best graduate pianist. While at Eastman, she was a teaching assistant to Rebecca Penneys. Prior to her graduate studies, Catarina received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP, where she studied with Beatriz Balzi, a renowned interpreter of Latin American music. She also studied with pianists David Burge, Yara Bernette, and Maria José Carrasqueira. A prizewinner in competitions as a chamber musician and soloist, Catarina has also received prizes for her recordings. She has recorded for public radio and TV in Brazil and the US, and appeared in concerts in South, Central and North America. Catarina has received many grants, including full scholarships from the Brazilian National Council for Science and Research (CNPq) to pursue her graduate studies.
A dedicated and experienced
teacher, Catarina has been working with a great diversity of students since 1991. She is currently on leave of her professorship at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul at Porto Alegre, Brazil. In the US, she served on the faculty at Finger Lakes Community College and Nazareth College, and is currently on the faculty at the University at Buffalo, the Chautauqua Festival, and the Eastman Community Music School. She is frequently invited to give master classes and lecture-recitals, and has served as an adjudicator in competitions in Brazil and in the US. Domenici is presently living in Western New York where she leads an active performing career.