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Edmundo Villani-Côrtes

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Edmundo Villani-Côrtes


Edmundo Villani-Côrtes (b. 8 November 1930, Juiz de Fora, Brazil) is a Brazilian composer, pianist, guitarist and professor of music.

He grew up in a musical family and studied viola early. Supported by his family, he went in 1954 to study piano at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música de Rio de Janeiro with Lorenzo Fernandez and Guilherme Mignone. In 1960 he went on to study composition with the famous Camargo Guarnieri and Henrique Morelembaum.

In the '60s, Villani-Côrtes worked as a concert pianist in the Orquestra Tamoio, with the maestro Cipó, in Rio de Janeiro and the Orquestra de Luís Arruda Paes. From 1967 he became known as an arranger of around 600 works for orchestras of the Brazilian television TV Tupi in São Paulo and TV Globo in Rio de Janeiro.

He is a professor at the Academia Paulista de Música, the Instituto de Artes of the University of São Paulo in São Paulo, and also a professor of composition at the Escola de Música, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro since 1988.

As a composer he wrote in many genres, from symphony to jazz and also in folk music. His national and international awards include a composition for nonet in Munich, Germany, a first prize at the Concurso de Composição da Cultura Editora Musical for Choro pretensioso and 1990 and 1991 in a composition contest the Oquestra Jazz Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo.

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