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Carvalho, Dinora de (1905–)

Carvalho, Dinora de (1905–)

Brazilian composer, conductor, pianist and professor. Name variations: Dinora Gontijo de Carvalho Murici. Born in Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil, June 1, 1905; dau. of Vincente Gontijo (musician).

At 6, admitted to São Paulo Conservatory to study piano under Maria Machado and Carlino Crescenzo; at 7, gave 1st piano recital and wrote 1st composition, a valse entitled Serenata ão Luar, as well as a piano nocturne; with success as a concert pianist, won a scholarship in Europe where she studied with Isidor Philipp; returning to Brazil (1929), studied with Lamberto Baldi and Martin Braunwieser; nominated federal inspector for advanced music education at São Paulo Conservatory (1939); founded and directed the Women's Orchestra of São Paulo, the 1st of its kind in South America (1939); continued to compose, writing many pieces for orchestra. Municipal Theater of São Paulo sponsored the Dinora de Carvalho Festival in which many of her compositions were played (1960); was the 1st woman to be nominated to the Brazilian Academy of Music.

See also Women in World History.

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