"J'ai été profondément frappée par la sensibilité et la personnalité très particulière de
cette jeune pianiste que m'a beaucoup émue et j'ose prévoir une carrière brillante par
l'ensemble de ses grande qualités artistiques" - Teresa Berganza
"She is a devoted musician, a splendid pianist who has a rare pianistic ability and a
great personality." - Earl Wild
"Owner of a rare pianism, extremely enthusiastic, serious, and possessing a very
singular temperament, her presence on stage is captivating!" - Nelson Freire
"Whatever Sylvia Thereza plays has the stamp, passion and sensitivity of her truly
unique personality... One of the most remarkable artists I have ever been privileged
to teach." - Alan Weiss
Sylvia Thereza, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began her musical studies
improvising with her father at the age of three. She soon caught the
attention of the musical métier in Brazil and later continued her studies
with great figures of the South American pianistic tradition: Maria da
Penha, disciple of Marguerite Long, Guiomar Novaes and Jozef
Turczynski; and Myrian Dauelsberg, disciple of Vlado Perlemuter and
Heitor Villa-Lobos. Her talent later called attention on the US, where she
was sponsored for studying with the Russian pianist Bella Davidovich, in
New York, and later in Belgium, with Alan Weiss at the Master program
of University of Leuven. Precious support also came from Nelson Freire,
Earl Wild and Sergio Tiempo.
Her artistry has been widely recognized by both the general public and
music critics as well as by musicians such as Maria João Pires, Nelson
Freire and Teresa Berganza, among others.
Sylvia has been performing since the age of six as a soloist, chamber
musician and recitalist all over Europe, the Americas, Middle East, South
Korea and Japan. Her way of experiencing art , has held her from
important stages around the world also to the most unprivileged
communities on the globe.
Laureat at the “Martha Argerich edition” on the International Piano Competition
of Vigo, Spain; 2019 that had Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Tamas Vasary and
Sergio Tiempo and Palblo Galdo on the Juri; and also winner of Nelson Freire Competition, held in Rio de Janeiro, 2004; Sylvia has been regularly invited to play in many
Festivals and Orchestras, such as Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Sao
Paulo Symphonic Orchestra, Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, Kremlin
Chamber Orchestra, Hannover Chamber Orchestra, Brussels
Philharmonic, among others. An enthusiastic chamber musician she
regularly plays with Maria João Pires, with cellist Judith Ermert and in
trio with Ning Kam, violin and Judith Ermert, cello.
As part of her social commitment and musical philosophy, Sylvia
developed a pioneering project that introduced classical music across her
native Brazil to more than 12,000 children living in the most
underprivileged social conditions, work that held the support of famous
artists and the Ministry of Culture due to its significance.
Sylvia, since a very early age, apart from the concert scene felt the need
to develop a special methodology that brings together philosophical
depth, playful experimentation and the resilient side of art, combining the
artistic vision of Villa-Lobos, Kodály and Gramani. This approach to life
and art brought her extremely close to the internationally acclaimed
pianist Maria João Pires, who embraced her as her protégé. After
teaching Sylvia Thereza for several years, and sharing the stage in many
countries around the globe, Maria João Pires invited her to become her
assistant professor at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, a
post that she has held from 2012 to 2016.
Co-Founder of the Non-Profit , Uaná – Association Four the Arts, in Belgium,
organization that is bringing music to socially and physically
disadvantage children and reuniting great names of the musical world for
this commitment - trough music education, concerts and recordings.