Professor of Music
Pianist Luciana Soares serves as Professor in the Department of Music at Nicholls State University, an All-Steinway School, teaching applied piano, accompanying, and piano pedagogy. Soares has performed extensively as soloist and collaborative pianist in the United States and abroad. In 2012 she joined the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists.
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. More recently, 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. In the fall of 2012 she premiered the Concerto for piano four hands and chamber orchestra by Liduino Pitombeira, a work dedicated to her.
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, 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. 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.
B.M., Federal University of Goiás; M.M., Arizona State University; D.M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
MUS 306 — Piano Accompanying
MUS 476 — Piano Pedagogy
MUS 161, 162, 171, 172, 261, 262, 271, 272, 371, 372, 400, 471, 472
274 Talbot Hall