DR. HUMBERTO ALMEIDA
Brazilian-born pianist Humberto Almeida is a Doctorate graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Other degrees include a Master of Music from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from Santa Marcelina College of Music in São Paulo, Brazil. Considered by Brazilian newspapers O Estado de São Paulo and A Folha de São Paulo as one of the most talented pianists emerging in the national scenario of Brazil, Dr. Almeida has collected many awards for his performances and studies in his native country and abroad.
In 1993 Dr. Almeida made his debut with the Campinas Symphony Orchestra at the VII Eldorado Prize, Brazil’s most renowned music contest; the following years he performed and made TV appearances as a soloist with major orchestras in Brazil and South America. Since moving to the United States, Dr. Almeida has performed several recitals in the Americas and Europe, frequently working with distinguished musicians both as a soloist and collaborative pianist. During his stay at the University of California, Dr. Almeida held a Teaching Assistantship position, and was granted the 2003 and 2004 Margaret Mallory Music Fellowship, the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Jack & Elly Nadel Piano Scholarship, and the 2002-2003/ 2006-2007 ECM Distinguished Performance Awards.
Currently living in Auckland, New Zealand, Dr. Almeida is the Vice-Principal of Able Music Studio, where he has had a significant role forming young musicians in Auckland; many of his students have won first prize awards in several competitions. His reputation as an outstanding musician and teacher has placed him among the most sought-after piano teachers in Auckland.