||Guilherme Freitosa de Almeida
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Brazilian born Guilherme Almeida is an active conductor, music director, collaborative pianist, vocal coach, organist, harpsichordist, composer, and educator in the Musical Theatre, Opera, Classical Music, and Global Music worlds. Mr. Almeida currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre and Collaborative Pianist at Baylor University.
Mr. Almeida received his musical and pianistic education first at the celebrated Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas - Goiânia, under the guidance of Estércio Marquez Cunha, Martha Martins, and Maria Lúcia Roriz. He later attended the Seminário Teológico Batista do Norte do Brasil - Recife, under the guidance of Ralph Manuel and Charlotte Greenhaw, and lastly at the School of Music at Baylor Universityunder the guidance of Krassimira Jordan. Mentors include Günther Bauer (Piano, Composition, Chamber Music, Organ, Continuo), Jann Cosart (Early Music Performance), Ângela Barra and Michael Johnson (Opera Production), Apolônio Ataíde and Joana Azevêdo (Conducting).
His conducting debut occurred in 2001, leading the Chamber Orchestra at Escola Batista de Música e Artes – Goiânia (Joseph Haydn’s Zwölf Deutsche Tänze and Nair Roméro de Mattos’ Brazilian Folk Songs). He has music directed and performed many premieres including Estércio Marquez Cunha’s O Guarda Noite, and Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl. As recitalist he crafted acclaimed performances with singers Marília Álvares, Michael and Teri Johnson, and Amarílis de Rebuá. Recital highlights include Poesia e Piano, liederabend sponsored by the General Consulate of Germany in Recife; Flemish and French Trombone Music, with Alexandre Magno; Four Hand Piano Recital, Andréia da Costa Carvalho.