Vicente Della Tonia Jr., piano
December 1, 2021
Dame Myra Hess Concerts
Dave Schwan, host
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) – Carnaval das Crianças, W157 (1919-20) (12’)
I. O Ginête de Pierrozinho (Little Pierrot’s Pony)
II. O Chicote do Diabinho (Little Devil’s Whip)
III. A Manha de Pierrette (Pierrette’s Ruse)
IV. Os Guizos de Dominozinho (Little Domino’s Jingle Bells)
V. As Peripécias do Trapeirozinho (The Little Ragpiper’s Adventures)
VI. As Traquinices do Mascarado Mignon (The Masked Mignon’s Pranks)
VII. A Gaita de um Precoce Fantasiado (The Fife of a Precocious Daydreamer)
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993) – Dança Negra (1946) (4’)
Heitor Villa-Lobos – Ciclo Brasileiro, W374 (1936-37) (20’)
I. O Plantio do Caboclo (The peasant’s Sowing)
II. Impressões Seresteiras (Impressions of a Serenading Musician)
III. Festa no Sertão (A Fête in the Heartlands)
IV. Dança do Índio Branco (Dance of the White Indian)
Praised for his “impeccable interpretation” and “highly refined technique, imagination and musical taste” (Jornal da Cidade Bauru, Brazil), pianist Vicente Della Tonia has performed in concert halls throughout Europe, the United States, and his native country, Brazil. Earlier in his career, he received top prize awards in numerous piano competitions, including the XXI Concurso Latino-Americano de Piano Rosa Mística, XX Concurso Nacional de Paulo Giovanini, and the III Concurso Nacional de Piano Maestro Rodrigo Tavares.
An active performer, Vicente has been recently featured as a guest artist at the Universidade Estadual de São Paulo, Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Conservatório Baurense (in Brazil), the VII Coloquio do Seminario Permanente de História y Música (Mexico City), as well as a soloist with the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (Atlanta, GA). He has been highly involved with the Music Teacher National Association’s national and state conferences presenting lectures and recitals in various states such as Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.
Vicente received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, where he studied piano under the guidance of Marina Lomazov and Judit Gabòs. Vicente also studied piano under the tutelage of Sonia Rubinsky, Sergio Gallo and Rosa Maria Tolon Marin, important influences in the development of his artistry. Additionally, he studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Tamás Ungár, Yoheved Kaplinsky, John Owings and Joseph Rackers at the “Piano Texas International Academy & Festival” (Fort Worth, Texas) and at the “Burgos International Music Festival” (Burgos, Spain).
Recipient of the Steinway & Sons’s Top Teacher Award of the Year (2017 and 2020), Vicente Della Tonia is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Assistant Professor of Piano at Georgia State University/Perimeter at Clarkston. Prior to Georgia State, he was a faculty member at the Allen University and University of South Carolina’s Community Music School in Columbia, SC; Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC; and Seminário Santo Antonio and Conservatório Musical de Lençóis Paulista, both in Brazil.
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Don’t miss Igor Pikayzen and Tatyana Pikayzen
next week on the
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!
Wednesday December 8, 12:15pm