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JAGUARIBE, Maria Clodes Longtime Professor of Piano in the School of Fine Arts at Boston University, died on her birthday, November 22, 2015 at the age of 87 in her native country of Brazil after several years of declining health. She is survived by her brother, Helio Jaguaribe in Rio de Janeiro, her son, Timothy Dhority in St. Louis, MO and her daughter, Katrina Dhority in Falmouth, MA. Maria Clodes began her stellar musical career as a "Wunderkind", giving her first piano recital at the age of six, playing her own compositions in the prestigious Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. After graduating from the Conservatory of Music in Rio de Janeiro, she continued her studies in Europe, winning numerous awards and piano competitions, including the coveted medal of the Harriet Cohen Institute of London as "The Best Young Pianist of the Year". Her appearances with orchestra during this period include the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. After coming to the United States, she earned her Doctor in Musical Arts at Boston University. Her Carnegie Hall debut in 1967 was acclaimed by the New York Herald Tribune as being "easily the most exciting, thought-provoking, mature and purely beautiful debut of the season." Her many Boston and New York solo recitals have confirmed that she made "some of the most beautiful piano sounds that have been heard in Carnegie Hall since the stage was rebuilt." Maria Clodes was a passionate, inspiring teacher, whose legacy will live on in the many students she mentored both at Boston University as well as in the prestigious Young Artists Program at Tanglewood. Her most ambitious professional project was to record all the music for piano by Robert Schumann, for whose compositions she had a special affinity, sharing them with audiences in Europe, the United States and Brazil. The prominent newspaper of Rio de Janeiro, O Globo, summed up best Maria's gift to the world with the words: "Maria Clodes is without the shadow of a doubt one of the select few of great music. Services have been held.
Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 13, 2015
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