GEISA DUTRA is a Concert Pianist, Recording Artist, Keynote Speaker, Master Teacher and Producer. Regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Brazilian and Spanish piano repertoire, she is the recipient of Washington’s 2019 Focus Brasil Award, the 2017 4Culture Grant Award and 2013 Artist Trust GAP Award.
Geísa has recorded and produced 5 solo piano albums: Brazilian and Spanish Piano Works; Chopin, Preludes; El Ultimo Tango – (Six Tangos by Astor Piazzolla); The Spanish Piano and her 2021 release : Gingando – 23 Short Pieces from Brazil. BUY HERE
A subject of a documentary about her career, filmed in Rio de Janeiro she has also been featured on numerous magazines, newspapers, classical radio stations, NPR and Television.
Geísa Dutra has been at the roster of performers for the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Calendar sponsored by the US Department of State, and performed representing Brazil at the United Nations 50th Anniversary Celebration. She has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist in Brazil, England, Germany, Belgium, United States and Canada. Her debut in Belgium was described as “A brilliant evening” (Woluwe News, Brussels) and England’s Nottingham Evening Post reported “It was a privilege and treat to hear pianist Geisa Dutra… a gorgeous range of expression.”
Additional awards include: the 1983 Johannesen International School of the Arts Award (Canada), the 1985 Cliburn International Institute Award (Texas), the 1986 Ladies Musical Club Award in Seattle, the 1985-87 Milnor Roberts, the 1988 Foster and Houts Awards at the University of Washington.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Geisa started her music education, at three years old, with her mother, pianist, music educator and composer, Isabel Yára Dutra. She later studied with Heitor and Jeannette Alimonda and Mordehai Simoni, graduating with her Bachelor degree in Music from the Escola de Musica da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. As a full scholarship student Geísa received her Master of Music degree, under the tutelage of Bèla Siki at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Geísa Dutra lives in Seattle with her two black cats: the sweet but grumpy Kitty-Kitty and her arch-enemy, the mischievous Monkey.