, a native of São Paulo - Brazil, has performed and placed in several national and international competitions throughout Brazil, USA and Japan.Mika completed her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Piano Performance and Conducting at Indiana University.
At Indiana University, Mika
received lessons and participated in master classes by Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok, Leonard Hokanson, and Michel Block to name a few.
has accumulated vast experience in solo and chamber music.She
has played for renowned masters such as Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli and Janos Starker.During the years when Mika
lived in New York City, she
was a collaborate pianist for performers such as Leila Josefowicz, Hannah Chang and Christine Walewska.She
was also an accompanist for many opera singers from the Metropolitan Opera House.Her
performances and interviews of Latin American music have been broadcast in radio and TV programs in the USA (NPR), Japan (NHK & ABC), Austria (ORF), Argentina (Solo Tango & RAE) and Brazil (FM Cultura/TV Cultura).Mika
has performed chamber music and solo concerts throughout Brazil, Argentina, Japan, and USA, including Puerto Rico. Mika
now lives in Portland, Oregon.She taught at Reed College for many years and has been soloist with the Columbia Symphony.She
frequently performs with Third Angle Ensemble, Fear No Music, Oregon Symphony's Nerve Endings and Tango Pacifico.In addition to engagements with several groups every year, Mika
has collaborated in recordings of many CDs and TV programs of contemporary musicians (Steve Reich, Lou Harrison).
has two CDs released: "Between the Tropics" (collection of solo Latin American Piano Music) and "Café 1930" (Piazzolla Tangos) which were featured in several music magazines and newspapers in Asia and South America.
As a Brazilian living in the USA, Mika's
has had a special interest in introducing Latin classical music to American audiences.Her
efforts have been very rewarding and well accepted.An eclectic artist, Mika also has been a member of the "Phantom of the Opera" touring production, performing as a keyboard player.
is frequently asked to guide master classes organized by Oregon Music Teachers Association
is also currently finishing a Baccalaureate in Nursing at Good Sam Linfield School of Nursing