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Clarice Assad

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A versatile artist of musical depth and sophistication, Clarice Assad is making her mark in the music world as a pianist, vocalist, and composer.

She has appeared throughout Brazil, giving performances at São Paulo's Espaco Promom and Sesc, Rio de Janeiro's Teatro Vanucci, Mistura Fina, and Teatro Ipanema, among others. In the US, Ms. Assad has performed at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Centennial Hall in Arizona, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in California, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Chicago, and Modlin Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, as well as prestigious jazz clubs such as the HotHouse in Chicago and the Knitting Factory in New York City, among others. Appearances in Europe include Le Casino de Paris and Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

As a vocalist, Ms. Assad sings in Portuguese, French, Italian, and English. She has been featured on Brazilian, American, and European radio numerous times, including NPR’s All Songs Considered as a favorite of the week, Marshal Vente's show on WDCB, WLUW with Steve Shroeder in Chicago, and WHCR with host Nelson Radhames.

Ms. Assad’s commissions include the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, commissioned by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; Brazilian Fanfare, a work for full orchestra commissioned by conductor Bob Bernhardt and premiered in March 2006; Three Sketches, a set of works for two guitars and violin; Bluezilian, a work for four guitars, commissioned and dedicated to the Los Angles Guitar Quartet; and Flutuante for guitar and clarinet, commissioned and recorded in 1999 by guitarist Sérgio Assad and clarinetist Gabriele Mirabassi on the Edizioni Discografiche label. Ms. Assad has also written original compositions in collaboration with Sérgio Assad for Lou Fancher’s ballet Step to Grace, which premiered in 2002 at the Minneapolis Theater Works, as well as the soundtrack for the play A Licao de Anatomia by Argentinean playwright Carlus Mathus.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Ms. Assad was born into one of Brazil's most famous musical families and has performed professionally since the age of seven. Formal piano studies began with Sheila Zagury in Brazil; she then studied with Natalie Fortin and had additional instruction in jazz and Brazilian piano with Leandro Braga.

Ms. Assad holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, in Chicago, Illinois, and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Honors and awards include the Aaron Copland Award, the Franklin Honor Society Award, and ASCAP's Morton Gould Young Composer Award.