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Nives Dearmas (Harpsichord)

Born: Uruguay

The Uruguayan harpsicordist of Italian an Uruguayan decent, Nives Dearmas, earned her degree in Piano from the School of Music of the University of Uruguay (1990), and her degree in harpsichord from the Superior Conservatory of Music at Zaragoza, Spain (1992). She took further advanced piano lessons with Professor Raquel Boldorini, with whom she also worked intensively as a piano teacher herself. Being always deeply interested in Baroque music, she attended the course offered by the Mercedes Olivera Association at the Anglo-Uruguayan Cultural Institute, with Eduardo Gilardoni and Miguel Marozzi. (1988-1989). After earning a scholarship conferred by the Foundation “Fernando el Católico”, she attended the Harpsichord Courses of José L. González Uriol at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Zaragoza (Spain). She took further advanced courses with such internationally renown harpsichord teachers as Jacques Ogg, Pierre Hantaï, Rosana Lanzelotte (1991-1996) and completed her studies under the guidance of Professor Edmundo Hora, Head of the Ancient Music Department at the Arts Institute of the Campinas University (UNICAMP - Sao Paulo, Brazil) (1997-2001).

In Uruguay Nives Dearmas played as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, being very relevant her performances for the annual series of concerts organized by the Foundation Mozarteum, Uruguay.. She has been soloist of all the Uruguayan Orchestras such as OSSODRE, Philarmonic Orchestra of Montevideo, Ministry of Education and Culture Orchestra. She’s performed with prestigious musicians like Joachim Fuss, Amiram Ganz, Alain Daboncourt, The Catalan Chamber Orchestra.

In 2007 Laura Dearmas won the first prize awarded by the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture in the annual competition “Funds for Cultural and Artistic Development” with the project “ Iberoamerican Landscape for Guitar and Harpsichord””, performing in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Salamanca, Ciudad Real and Zaragoza. (Spain).

Nives Dearmas played as soloist in Spain, Brazil and the USA; with her sister Laura Dearmas she aas invited to join the most outstanding Brazilian harpsichord players at the “Ancient and Baroque Music Festival”, in Curitiba; “San Benito Monastery” (Sao Paulo); “San Pedro Theatre” (Porto Alegre, Brazil). In 2008 Dearmas Duo recorded the CD “German Music for two harpsichords” under the seal of Uruguay Mozarteum and the support of the German Embassy.

Nives Dearmas works as a piano and harpsichord private teacher and manages the “Music Studio” at “The Anglo School”

The College of Charleston Monday Night Concert.“ For the greater part of these selections Dearmas’ playing maintained an excellent balance of technical poise and expressive control…her plectra flew with increasing grace as the recital progressed, and her playing rose to the brilliance of the music, especially in the later half.” - Jack Dressler, The Post and Courier

Source: Dearmas Duo Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2011)

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