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Marcelo Bratke


“Hints of wildness, yet with elegant construction, subtle rhythmic dislocations
and shining piano colors” The New York Times


Marcelo Bratke, one of Brazil’s finest pianists, has performed in some of the
world’s most renowned venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg
Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and Suntory Hall in
Tokyo.


He started his piano studies at the age of fourteen and due to a severe visual
impairment he was unable to read scores, developing his own method of
learning music based on his auditive memory capacity. After ten months of his
first piano lesson he made his debut with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
and was awarded the ‘Revelation Prize” by the São Paulo Critics’
Association.


Bratke believes music is an important contribution to society and in 2008 he
founded Camerata Brasil, an orchestra formed of young musicians from
impoverished areas of Brazilian society, performing with them more than 300
concerts in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, United Kingdom, Serbia, South Korea,
Netherlands and in the US where their concert at Carnegie Hall was highly
acclaimed by both the public and the critics of The New York Times, New
York Post and Concert Net USA.


He stretches the boundaries of the traditional classical music career and
developed special projects in collaboration with the jazz pianist Julian Joseph,
the first dancer of the Royal Ballet Thiago Soares, the actor Marco Gambino,
the legendary percussionist Naná Vasconcelos and the pop singers Sandy,
Fernanda Takai, Dori Caymmi and Milton Nascimento as well as
performances with great conductors. Among them: Alexander Lazarev, John
Neschling, Roberto Minczuk, Alvaro Cassuto, Eleazar de Carvalho and others.
His multimedia project with visual artist Mariannita Luzzati
entitled Cinemúsica has been performed in venues from Brazilian prisons to
major concert halls around the world. Bratke started his Villa-Lobos Project in
2004, and it includes the recording of the composer’s complete solo piano
works, concerts on the continents of America, Europe and Asia, a weekly
radio program broadcasted by Cultura FM and eight documentaries about
Villa-Lobos for TV (Arte 1)


In 2017 Marcelo Bratke received Brazil’s highest cultural honour given by the
Brazilian President Michel Temer, the Order of Cultural Merit. Featured
among his many awards are First Prize at Tradate International Music
Competition in Italy, Carlos Gomes Award, Classical Discoveries Award (UK)


Brazil in Germany 2006 Award, the 14th Brazilian International Press Award
2011 and the Sarajevo Winter Festival Award 2013. His CD Le Groupe des
Six was voted by Gramophone Magazine as one of the greatest classical
recordings of all time.


In 2004, after successful surgery, Marcelo Bratke recovered the vision in his
left eye.