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Professor Casarotti to perform in Brazilian Piano series


Southern University music professor Joao Paulo Casarotti will be the solo performer in the Music Department’s “Brazilian Piano Masters” recital series on Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the DeBose Recital Hall.


Casarotti will be performing works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Liszt and Villa-Lobos.


The performance is the third in the recital series organized and hosted by the department’s piano student members of the SU Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.

Casarotti maintains an active schedule involving performance, research and pedagogy presentations. He has performed with orchestras in Brazil and the U.S., as well as in venues as a solo and chamber pianist in Bulgaria, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay.


In the U.S., Casarotti was the artistic director of the 2009 series “Ernst Mahle in America” and the 2010 series “Villa Lobos in America.” Both series had performances in concert halls in Philadelphia, Boston and New York, including the Steinway Hall, Rock Hall and Steinert Hall.


Casarotti, a Brazilian pianist and pedagogue, received his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University and M. M. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Dakota. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a Performance Diploma from the “Maestro Ernst Mahle” Music School of Piracicaba-Brazil, and a Performance Certificate from the National Academy of Music in Sofia–Bulgaria.


The purpose of the series is to get students involved in attending piano, organizing and hosting the series and developing essential skills of networking, advertisement, and management.