- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
Alessandra Odazaki, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is an active performer and piano teacher. She first began taking piano lessons at age 5 while living in Japan and continued to take lessons after moving to Brazil at age 9. She first received a diploma from São Paulo Municipal Theater Conservatory of Music where she studied with Scheilla Glaser for 11 years. She also holds a BM in Piano Performance from São Paulo State University where studied piano with Dr. Claudio Richerme.
Her interest in teaching piano began when she was sixteen years old. Since then, Miss Odazaki has had experience with students ages 6 to 80 years old. Several of her students have won awards and have been admitted into the top Brazilian conservatory (São Paulo State Music School and São Paulo Municipal Theater Conservatory of Music). Her most recent accomplishment has been coaching a handful of American students to winning the Illinois Grade School Music Association State & Solo Ensemble Contest. All students are held to high standards and given unique attention and curricula.
From 2009 to 2015, Miss Odazaki worked for the social project: "Projeto Guri Santa Marcelina" where she has taught theory classes 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 school of its kind in Brazil), where she organized and instructed piano lessons and Junior Music Courses. Here she received training from official Yamaha instructors from Japan.
Miss 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) and Marcos Fregnani (Brazil-Germany).
She believes that a good teacher is also a good performer who never stops seeking and practicing. Because of that, she decided to move to the United States to pursue her MM in Piano Performance at Southern Illinois University and studied with Dr. Junghwa Lee.
During her first semester 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.