Over the past twenty years, Banff-based, Brazilian-Canadian pianist Luciane Cardassi has established herself as one of her instrument’s most impressive and intriguing interpretive voices—as agile behind the keyboard as she is insightful in navigating various aesthetic terrains.
Winner of an Açorianos prize for her debut album, “Prelúdios em Porto Alegre,” she has performed across Canada, the US, Brazil, Mexico and the UK. Luciane is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician, and frequently explores creation at the intersection of multiple artistic disciplines. Her string of recent solo albums on Redshift Records, as well as “brocade” by rockeys duo—her collaboration with Katelyn Clark—document her sharp curatorial sense and vast experience as a creative collaborator. The latest of said discs, “Going North” is a personal homage to her dual homelands featuring eight carefully-selected works by Canadian and Brazilian composers.
Luciane holds a Doctorate in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego and remains an avid researcher and writer exploring various facets of recent concert music. Her main teachers have been Aleck Karis, Ney Fialkow, Celso Loureiro Chaves, Antonio Carlos Borges Cunha, and her piano teacher of many years, Heloisa Zani, a major influence upon Luciane’s music making. Luciane’s artistic practice has been generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, CAPES Brazil Foundation and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
After a two-year Visiting Professorship at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), in Salvador, Brazil, Luciane is now back in Banff, where the beautiful surroundings continue to inspire her creative practice.