Santos County

Santos County

Santos County

Brazilian Pianist Rúbia Santos placed among the most sought-after collaborative pianists from her home country. She is represented by Virtuosi Artistic Productions in Brazil.

Santos' performances include the standard classical repertoire, yet she is strongly devoted to presenting works in collaboration with contemporary American and Brazilian composers. She has received many awards and reviews recognizing her unique work as a collaborative pianist as well as her passionate commitment to making her native music accessible to a broad audience. This passion has led her to the forefront of Brazilian music performance and research. In 2012, Santos' editions of Eight Art Songs and Eight Piano Pieces by Brazilian contemporary composer, Edmundo Villani-Côrtes, was first published through Ponteio Publishing Inc. in New York. Saints' love for poetry and her exceptional knowledge of languages ​​has taken her to various collaborations with bel canto artists.

Among them are Christiane Oelze, Deborah Domanski, Laura de Souza, David Dillard, Melanie Ohm, and Luciano Simões.

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Santos has premiered several works by South and North American composers, some of them dedicated to her. She gave the recording premieres of the Sonatas for Viola and Piano by Paul Chihara and E. Villani-Côrtes, and Trumpet Songs by Jennifer Higdon. Among her recordings are "Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon" (Albany Records) "Moyugba Orisha" (White Pine Music Label), "A Brazilian Collection" (Tijuca Label), and music by Brazilian composers M. Camargo Guarnieri and Lina Pires de Campos

In 2013, Santos became a certified teacher for the Feldenkrais Method®, Awareness Through Movement (ATM).

After her piano studies with Lina Pires de Campos in Brazil she moved to Germany where she earned her diploma in piano solo at the Hochschüle für Musik in Cologne, mentored by Günter Ludwig (solo piano), Hartmut Höll (liedbegleitung), and the Amadeus Quartet (chamber music). She holds a masters degree and a doctor of musical arts degree in collaborative piano from Arizona State University, having studied with Eckart Selheim (collaborative piano), William Reber (opera), and Caio Pagano (piano).