The ARS Presidential Special Honor Award is intended to honor a person who has had a significant positive impact on the ARS, the Board, or recorder music in North America. Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano, a longtime ARS member who has served on its Board, is an internationally renowned performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music — which is why ARS Board President Carol Mishler chose her for this well-deserved honor. It will be presented to Galhano at the Boston Early Music Festival at the Recorder Relay Concert on June 9, 2023.
Clea Galhano is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a great from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Clea Galhano was awarded the grant “Creative Support For Individuals “ from MSAB – 2020/21
Cléa Galhanohas been recently appointed Adjunct Lecturer in Music, Recorder at HPI, Jacobs School of Music, IU.
Cléa Galhano has a wonderful interview with Classic MPR on ‘Latin Reverie’!
Cléa Galhano releases a new CD with Rene Izquierdo: Latin Reverie! The release concert, on Jan 8, 2016, was met with great audience acclaim!
“I spent a most beautiful 40 minutes yesterday listening to your recording Latin Reverie. Beautiful! The two of you are kindred spirits, both in terms of virtuosity, musical personality and joy in music making. The disc is so beautifully recorded too! Bravo! Tutti Bravi! I will use the disc on air and put it in our music library. If you and Rene are performing anywhere in the next year please do let me know.” – Steve Staruch, Host/Cultural Programming, Minnesota Public Radio
“The two of you are as one. It was beyond beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful music.” – T.F.
“I loved the concert. I was honored to attend. You and Rene are amazing! The whole auditorium was smiling as you played. Bravo! Thank you again. I’m very grateful.” – A.F.
“I wanted to let you know how special the concert was for me. Your playing came from all directions, filling the room with sound. Your musical conversations with Rene were playful and seamless. Like Clarice said, you both kept a beautiful simplicity, what Miles would call “the respect for one note” while both bounding through the upmost reaches of technical virtuosity. I felt grateful for you to have a fitting partner for your artistry. I felt grateful to be able to be there receiving you. The second half of the concert seemed determined to get me crying, some kind of happy sad saudade, the phrases you allowed to drift a bit, the lines of seconds and chromatics, the different voices of samba, choro, baiao and bossa, the song to Mary. Enigma had me choreographing a dance in my mind. I sit here and sip the feelings and listen to your recording. The life from that evening is here too, crystal clear in reproduction. How great to have this music. Just loving who you are.” – Michael
“Cléa, that was one of the most enjoyable concerts I’ve attended. I really, really enjoyed those pieces, and especially your playing. You are really an amazing artist, I forget to tell you that, but your playing was amazing. (And you looked so beautiful . . . loved your dress.) And the guitarist, too, was superb. Susan and I watched his fingering very closely – he’s great. So glad I came last night. Just wanted to tell you Susan and I really enjoyed the concert. So fun to watch you on stage! You are a natural. We also enjoyed watching Rene watching you! The two of you produced a nice sparkle… you make a great duo.” – S.C.
“I wanted to thank you and Rene for an awesome performance on Friday night. My daughter and her significant other, Dan, came with us. Laura says after a week of being responsible for almost 300 choir students, it was a gift to be able to experience such an artistic performance by musicians who so obviously enjoy playing together. It was a lovely performance given lovingly and playfully! Thanks so much!! – L.T.
“The concert on Friday night was a jewel of an evening…Your program was ambitious, enlivening, surprising, and inventive. You and Rene are first-rate musicians, and the two of you work so well together. What a joy to hear you both, & I look forward to another opportunity in the future to do it again.” – S.W.
Cléa Galhano remembers Frans Bruggen in the following article.
Cléa Galhano has been honored as a National Arts Association (distinguished member) of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity.
Cléa Galhano was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to record a CD with guitarist Rene Izquierdo!
Read this beautiful review by Beatriz H. Ramos Amaral: “Circle of the Dance: Alma Brasileira – The Art of Cléa Galhano, Joan Griffith, and Lucia Newell”
Recorderfest in the West September 18 – 21, 2014, American Recorder Society at Regis University
American Recorder Magazine (September 2013) profiles and interviews Cléa Galhano in the following article.
Cléa Galhano is one of the winners of the 2013 McKnight Fellowship Grant for Performing Musicians!