SU’s Casarotti to judge pianists in Taiwan

SU’s Casarotti to judge pianists in Taiwan
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POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 2:47pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 2:47pm

Southern University music professor, Joao Casarotti, will be one of two judges on an international piano committee in Taiwan this summer.

Casarotti will join the International Piano Performance Examinations Committee (IPPE) to travel through Taiwan evaluating more than 1,000 pianists ranging in age from five to 25.

“I am super excited for this invitation,” said Cassarottie. “I will be emerged in the Asian piano world. I will be meeting hundreds of students and piano teachers around Taiwan,” said Casarotti.

Every year IPPEC selects two judges from important music institutions around the world to evaluate Taiwanese piano students and talk with students, parents and teachers. An interpreter travels with the judges to provide a line of communication with the students and parents for assessments on the students’ performances.

Casarotti will take the opportunity while in Taiwan to speak with students about Southern’s piano program.

“I am planning some performance, master classes and lectures at high schools and universities as an effort to recruit Asian students to our piano program at SU.”

Casarotti, a Brazilian pianist and educator, received his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Temple University and M. M. in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Dakota. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a Performance Diploma from the “Maestro Ernst Mahle” Music School of Piracicaba-Brazil, and a Performance Certificate from the National Academy of Music in Sofia–Bulgaria. 

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