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After graduating at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Music School with the grade of “summa cum laude”, tutored by Maria Yeda Caddah, Patrícia Bretas moved to Paris, where she refined her studies with Eliane Richepin, at the Université Musicale Internationale de Paris (UMIP). She also took part on the Summer Courses of Épinal and Salzburg, where she stood out in her performances in all the concerts promoted at the time.

In Brazil, under the orientation of Maria da Penha, Patrícia Bretas won seven important national and international piano contests, including Arnaldo Estrella/1988, in Minas Gerais, and Dell’Arte/1992, which awarded her a trip to Italy. In 1995, Patrícia Bretas was unanimously awarded the 1st Prize at the Artlivre International Piano Competition in São Paulo. Since then, she has received several invitations to record for radio, TV and CD, and has participated in important concert series in Brazil, as well as France and the U.K. In 1996, Patrícia Bretas finished her Master thesis in Piano at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Music School with “A cum laude”, under orientation of Myrian Dauelsberg and Gertrud Mersiovsky. Her thesis was the first to be translated to another language inside that institution, and today is part of the Max Reger Institut’s library in Bohn, Germany.

P. Bretas, born in Rio de Janeiro and Deputy Director of Extensions at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's Music School has accumulated a vast musical experience in her curricula, both as soloist and chamber performer. Renowned musicians from Brazil (Maria da Penha, Myrian Dauelsberg) and abroad (Eliane Richepin-France, Peter Lang-Austria) can be identified among her professors. Winner of various piano competitions in Brazil and abroad, Patrícia Bretas is today one of Brazil's most prestigious pianists. Since her debut in 1985 she maintains her ideal on promoting Brazilian music, as well as works from the international repertoire, which only seldom get performances in the country.

As soloist, she participated in famous international piano festivals, such as Annecy, Epinal and Salzburg. She also played concerts with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Duarte, UFF National Orchestra under Lígia Amadio, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra under Túlio Belardi, USP Chamber Orchestra under Monica Meira Vasquez. P. Bretas has also developed a serious chamber work with the prize-winning and acclaimed Bretas-Kevorkian Duo (piano for four hands and 2 pianos), which is creating its first CD in September - 2002, withbrazilian pieces and the pianistic version on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”.

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