Concerto de Saint Saens
Tânia Lisboa is acknowledged as one of Brazil's foremost musical talents. Having received her early musical training in Tatuí and São Paulo she gained initial recognition as a concert pianist before focusing on her international career as a solo ‘cellist.
In her early introduction to the 'cello, she studied first with Gretchen Miller and David Chew after which a scholarship from the British Council enabled her to complete her training in London with Raphael Wallfisch and Richard Markson, continuing her studies in France with the renowned 'cellist Maud Martin Tortelier
As a young teenager she was invited to tour Canada, Japan, Korea and Poland with the famous orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales, whilst back in her native country she was awarded 1st Prize in several competitions, including the "Young Interpreters of Brazilian Music" by Funarte, "Concurso Sul-America de Musica", and "Young Soloists of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra".
She has participated in numerous music courses including: "Curso International d'Interpretation Musical" with Radu Adulescu in Torroella de Montgri, Spain; "Curso Internacional de Violoncello" with Aldo Parisot in Campos do Jordao, Brazil; "Festival d'Ete" Course with Phillipe Muller, in Nice, France.
As a recipient of scholarship awards from the British Council and the Brazilian government, she established a base in London from which she completed her postgraduate courses in Advanced Solo Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, her MA in Music Performance Studies at City University (with distinction), and her PhD at the University of Sheffield. Her main research interests are related to the areas of Performance and Psychology of Music. She has recently joint the Royal College of Music in London, as a member of staff.
Tania Lisboa’s solo career has taken her to Japan, Korea, Turkey, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Canada, South America and the U.S. A. Her recitals have included concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields (London), Sala Cecília Meirelles, Teatro Municipal (Rio), Teatro Cultura Artística, MASP (S. Paulo), Palacio Bellas Artes, Festival Cervantino (Mexico), Teatro Teresa Careño (Venezuela).
Her recent CD releases on Meridian Records include: Octachord; Virtuoso Duos for violin and ‘cello with Cihat Askin; Les Soirées Intimes, the Complete Works for 'Cello and Piano by G. Fauré, with Maria de La Pau Tortelier; and O Violoncello do Villa, the Complete Works for 'cello and piano (vol. 1, 2 & 3), by H. Villa-Lobos, with the pianist Miriam Braga.
“Cellist Lisboa made for Villa-Lobos: This kind of music suited Lisboa just fine. Her approach to Villa-Lobos was direct, sensitive and thoughtful, and her playing always seemed spontaneous, as if she had just found an old cello lying on the stage and decided to play it. In her hands, Villa-Lobo’s demanding Sonata N.2 seemed like an extended song without words, and her execution of a virtuoso trill and slide in the ‘Bachianas Brasileiras’ N. 2 sounded unobtrusive and lost in sensual melody” ...The Washington Post - USA.
“...Tania Lisboa achieves a real and touching eloquence, with sensitive nuances....” The Gramophone.
“...Lisboa’s technique is never showy, but under her fingers...”. The Strad.
“...extremely natural and unself-advertising playing, which never strives too hard to make a rhythmic or melodic point...” Classic CD Magazine.
"...durante sus tres presentaciones Tania Lisboa dio muestra de su dominio pleno sobre la técnica y su musicalidad innata...Al concluir su interpretación el público, congregado en este recinto le brindó prolongados aplausos y onaciones que ella agradeció saliendo al escenario en várias ocasiones". EL OCIDENTAL - Guadalajara - México.