Alessandra Odazaki

Alessandra Odazaki, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is an active performer and piano teacher. She first began taking piano lessons at age 5 at Yamaha Music School while living in Japan. She continued her studies at São Paulo Municipal Theater Conservatory of Music where she studied with Scheilla Glaser for 11 years.

In 2010, she earned a Bachelor's degree from São Paulo State University as a student of Dr. Claudio Richerme. At this same university, she received for two years a research scholarship from the Ministry of Education contributing to the Tutorial Education Program (PET). During these years, she did research about the flute and piano the repertoire of the Brazilian composer Edmundo Villani-Côrtes.


In 2015, she was accepted at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to pursue a master's degree in Piano Performance.  During her first semester at SIU, she was the winner of the concerto competition “Stars of Altgeld”. This gave her the opportunity to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto N. 20 in D minor, K. 466. as a soloist with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra. As a graduate assistant student at SIU, she has accompanied voice classes and recitals, musical workshops, instrumental juries and recitals, and choir classes.


Mrs. Odazaki holds a Performance Certificate from DePaul University where she studied with George Vatchnadze. In 2018, she performed the Three Romances, Op. 22 by Clara Schumann with the former member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra oboe player Alex Klein at a concert series dedicated to female composers.


Mrs. Odazaki has been an active participant in master-classes with several renowned pianists such as Olga Kiun (Russia-Brazil), Ronan O'Hara (England), Piotr Banasik (Poland), Caio Pagano (Brazil-USA), Flavio Varani (Brazil-USA), Maciej Pikulski (Poland), Frank Braley (France). She was also a 2nd prize winner of the National Piano Competition “Paulo Giovanini” in Brazil.


As a teacher, Alessandra worked for the music community engagement project “Projeto Guri Santa Marcelina” where she has taught music fundamentals, music theory and served as a vocal staff accompanist. This is a social project that aims to improve the lives of impoverished Brazilian children through music education. She was also a staff member of Yamaha Music School (the first of its kind in Brazil) where she organized and instructed piano lessons and Junior Music Courses.


Mrs. Odazaki is an active member of the Music National Teacher Association and of the Chicago Area Music Teacher Association. She was awarded the 2019-2020 CAMTA professional Development Award which is a scholarship offered by the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association to assist teacher members to pursue professional growth and update skills. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Japanese. 


Her students were winners of the Illinois Music Association competition and Illinois Grade School Music Association contest. 

 

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