Rosas Fernandes, Maria Helena
- Cristina Magaldi
(b Brazópolis, Minas Gerais, July 8, 1933). Brazilian composer, conductor and pianist. In 1964 she graduated from the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Rio de Janeiro, where she studied the piano with Liddy Mignone. She pursued further studies, in composition and conducting and in 1977 graduated from the Escola Superior de Musica S Marcelina, São Paulo. Her composition teachers were Osvaldo Lacerda and José de Almeida Prado. She has also studied music education and in 1992 held a teaching appointment at the Escola de Artes Pró-Música, São Paulo. Her output consists mainly of chamber works; piano music, of which the prize-winning Ciclo no.2 (second prize in a Brazilian composers’ competition in 1979) has entered the repertory of many Brazilian pianists; and, most importantly, vocal and choral music, which often incorporates Native American material.