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- Irati Antonio
(b Rio de Janeiro, Aug 13, 1945). Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor. She studied at the Escola Nacional de Música of the University of Brazil (now the University of Rio de Janeiro), where her teachers included Zilá de M. Brito (piano) and Frederico Egger (composition). Later she studied electronic music in London with Per Hartmann (1974) and in Paris, and completed her composition studies with Esther Scliar. Although she has performed as a concert pianist with several orchestras, she has dedicated most of her career to composing, conducting and teaching; she has held teaching posts at various schools, including the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música. In 1972 she won the first prize of the Ordem dos Músicos do Brasil with the orchestral work Abertura 1822. Other orchestral pieces include the Symphony no.1 (1971), Entre vidas (1974) and, with chorus, Réquiem para um poeta...