- Irati Antonio
(b Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22, 1859; d Salvador, Bahia, June 12, 1926). Brazilian composer and pianist. She made her début at the age of eight playing the piano in a concert before Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, who was both her godfather and patron. In France she studied with A.F. Marmontel and Anton Rubinstein at the Paris Conservatoire (1873–9), where she was awarded a premier prix for piano. She also studied harmony and composition with Albert Lavignac and performed her Grande marcha triunfal with the Pasdeloup Orchestra conducted by Lavignac at the Salle Herz in 1877. Upon her return to Rio de Janeiro in 1879, she gave a number of highly successful concerts, but left the following year to take up an appointment in Portugal as chamber music pianist at the court of Luís I. After two years she returned to Rio, and in 1885...