Dr. Luciana Soares

Title: Professor | Applied Piano, Collaborative Piano
Department: Music
Email: luciana.soares@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4611
Office Location: 274 Talbot Hall

Education:

B.M. Federal University of Goiás M.M. Arizona State University D.M.A. University of Southern Mississippi

Courses:

MUS 306 — Piano Accompanying MUS 476 — Piano Pedagogy PERFORMANCE COURSES: MUS 161, 162, 171, 172, 261, 262, 271, 272, 371, 372, 400, 471, 472

Bio:

Steinway Artist Luciana Soares has performed extensively as soloist and collaborative pianist in the United States and abroad. She enjoys teaching and performing a variety of repertoires ranging from Baroque to contemporary, and is strongly devoted to promoting the music of her native Brazil. Her accomplishments as a researcher and performer have taken her to presenting lectures and recitals of Brazilian music at universities, concert series and conferences throughout the United States. Her solo debut recording, Brasileira: Piano Music by Brazilian Women has been released on Centaur Records and is available worldwide. She has given numerous world premieres, commissioned new music and performed works dedicated to her. As a member of the Alexander-Soares Duo, in residence at Nicholls, Luciana Soares has performed and given masterclasses in Brazil, United States, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, and England, being featured in such venues as the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., the Teatro José de Alencar in Fortaleza, and the Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro. The duo’s recording featuring the violin and piano sonatas by Liduino Pitombeira is also available on the Centaur label. At Nicholls State University, Dr. Soares is the Gloria B. Callais Endowed Professor of Music teaching applied piano and related courses, and accompanying music majors. She spearheaded the annual Monster Piano Concert series and the All-Steinway School initiative that led Nicholls to become the only All-Steinway public university in Louisiana. Dr. Soares is recipient of the 2009 Marie Fletcher Distinguished Service Award of the Nicholls Alumni Federation, the Nicholls State University’s Academic Council Salutes award, and the Friends of Music distinguished membership of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity. More recently she received the Steinway and Sons Top Teacher Award honoring outstanding instruction and leadership in piano education. She maintains a busy schedule in south Louisiana as private instructor, guest clinician and adjudicator, and is an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers National Association.

Accomplishments:

In addition to teaching and performing a variety of repertoires ranging from Baroque to contemporary, she is strongly devoted to promoting the music of her native Brazil. Her accomplishments as a researcher and performer have taken her to presenting lectures and recitals of Brazilian music at universities, concert series and conferences throughout the United States. Her solo debut recording, Brasileira: Piano Music by Brazilian Women has been released on Centaur Records and is available worldwide. She was featured as a guest artist at the Brasileiro Festival in New Orleans and taught masterclasses in Belo Horizonte, Natal, Campina Grande and João Pessoa, Brazil. Soares is an avid chamber musician, recording artist, and advocate of new music, frequently collaborating with artists in the South and presenting world premieres of numerous works. As a member of the Alexander-Soares Duo, in residence at Nicholls, she has performed in Brazil, United States, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, and England, being featured in such venues as the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., and the Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro. The duo’s recording, Music for Violin and Piano by Liduino Pitombeira is also available on the Centaur label. She has also served as collaborative pianist at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (FEMUSC). Dr. Soares is recipient of the 2009 Marie Fletcher Distinguished Service Award of the Nicholls Alumni Federation, and the Nicholls State University’s Academic Council Salutes award. In 2017 the received the Steinway and Sons Top Teacher Award honoring outstanding instruction and leadership in piano education. She maintains an active schedule as guest clinician and adjudicator, and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs.