Short Bio

geísa dutra

“A magnetic, musical pianist…” – Seattle Post Intelligencer

Geísa Dutra is a Pianist, Keynote Speaker, Recording Artist, Master Teacher and Producer. Combining speaking and live piano music, she has spoken to thousands of people on stages in Europe, North and South America.

Regarded as one of the top artists in the Northwest, she is the recipient of the 2019 Focus Brasil Award, the 2017 4Culture Grant Award and 2013 Artist Trust GAP Award in Washington.

She was the subject of a documentary about her carreer, filmed in Rio de Janeiro and has been featured on numerous magazines, newspapers, classical radio stations, NPR and Television.

Geísa has recorded and produced 5 solo 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.

Geísa Dutra was 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.

Her 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, where she graduated with her Master of Music degree, as a student of Bèla Siki.

She started her music education 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. Growing up in Brazil, Geísa Dutra won the prize for “Best Performer of Brazilian Music” at age 14, as well as numerous first prizes in national Brazilian piano competitions. She was hailed by the Jornal do Comércio of Rio de Janeiro as “…one of the greatest talents of the new generation.”

Geísa Dutra lives in Seattle with her two black cats: the sweet but grumpy Kitty-Kitty and her arch-enemy, the mischievous Monkey.