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Francisca Aquino
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    Teaches at the Music School of Brasília, pianist and arranger.
    Studied under pianist Wanda Amorim, having received a Bachelor´s Degree from the Federal University of Goiás in 1979. In 1995 Aquino received a Teaching Degree in Music from the University of Brasília. The following professors were significant names in her training: Carl Seeman, Luiz Medalha and Luiz Carlos de Moura Castro.
    While still at the Federal University of Goiás, she studied under Maestro/Composer Camargo Guarnieri. Aquino completed several piano courses, i.e.: Piano Interpretation (Bruno Seildhofer, 1971); Advanced Piano Interpretation (Magdalena Tagliaferro, 1972); Piano Didactics (Souza Lima, 1970); under Professor Sebastian Benda (UFMG, 1973 and Curitiba, 1975); 13th International Course of Musical Interpretation at Girona, Spain (Luiz Carlos de Moura Castro, 1996). She has also completed several courses in the areas of Musical Structuring (Krzysztof Meyer), Musical and Acoustical Appraisal (Conrado Silva), Harmony and Improvisation (Sergio Vasconcellos Correa, Nelson Faria and Ian Guest) and Chamber Music (Jorge Kiszely).
    As a chamber musician, Aquino has played with famous artists such as Inacio de Nonno, Luiza Sawaya, Odette Ernest Dias,  and Mariana Salles. She taught as an accompanist at the International Summer Courses of the Music School of Brasília (1994 to 1997); at several master-classes of  musicians like Christian Vander Borght (Belgium)  and Hans Roelofsen (Holland), with the National Theater Claudio Santoro´s Symphonic Orchestra, with Maestros Henrique Morelembaum and Luiz Malheiro. In 1996, she was invited to accompany on the piano at the II International Music Course of Vilaller, Spain.
    Playing in a duo with the flutist Beth Ernest Dias since 1990, Aquino has performed intensely in chamber music, with an emphasis on the dissemination of the Brazilian contemporary music, giving recitals in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. They have recently recorded the CD “ A Inúbia do Cabocolinho”, entirely dedicated to Brazilian and Portuguese 20th century music.
In November 2000, the CD was selected by Instituto Cultural Itaú  for the project Rumos - Vertentes da Música Brasileira
      Aquino has been the pianist and arranger in several musical events offered by the President of the Republic to Foreign Heads of State , at the Itamaraty Palace (Ministry of External Relations). She has written arrangements for the CDs "Classics of Brazilian Popular Music" of the Brasilia String Quartet and Salomão Rabinovitz and Fernando Lopes´s "Brasilianas".   
      Together with the double bassist/arranger Ricardo Vasconcellos, Aquino has already given several recitals which include pieces from all genres and periods and she has worked in two projects as an arranger: the production of Brazilian popular music for the String Orchestra and Symphonic Band of Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro, as well as chamber renditions (double bass and piano) of the Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) classics. The duo presented the recital “Brazilian Popular Songs for Double Bass and Piano” at the Convention of the International Society of Bassists, in Iowa City (USA), in June, 1999.
         Aquino has given several recitals to disseminate Brazilian popular music with international organizations, such as the Casa Thomas Jefferson, the Fulbright Commission in Brazil and the Embassies of Portugal, Sweden and the United States of America.
         In September 99 her composition "A Taste of Brazil" was published by Ludwin Music, CA,  and recently recorded by Ludmila Vinecka (violin) and Elza Kazuko Gushikem (piano).
        Published by AssuntoGrave, her music for percussion is distributed worldwide by MalletWorks Music, Connecticut. 
        She has recently played in Europe, Central and South America, together with “Solo Brasil” Group, presenting the show "A Journey Through the Music of Brazil"  in cities as Hannover, Caracas, Havana, Mexico City, Mérida, Tajin, Kingston, Nassau, Buenos Aires, Montevidéu and Assuncion, sponsored by Brazilian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of External Relations.
        In October 2000,  together with flutist Beth Ernest Dias , Aquino gave several recitals and master-classes about Brazilian music in Kansas University (Lawrence, KS), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), New School University and City College (New York, NY). The tour was sponsored by Fulbright Comission.
        Last October, her composition "Sweet Suite" received an honorable mention at the International Society of Bassists 2002 Composition Contes .