Leite (Dias Batista), Clarisse
- Gerard Béhague
(b São Paulo, Jan 11, 1917). Brazilian composer, pianist and teacher. At the São Paulo Drama and Music Conservatory she studied piano with Zilda Leite Rizzo, composition with José Wancolle and Teodoro Noguiera, and orchestration with Orestes Farinello. In 1930 the conservatory granted her a fellowship to study in France. Two years later she won the Gomes Cardin gold medal for piano. She then taught at various institutes in São Paulo state, including the Escola Superior de Música S Marcelina in São Paulo, the Pius XII Music College in Bauru, the Lavignac Conservatory in Santos, the Beethoven Institute in São Vicente and the Conservatory in Tatuí. In 1983 she became a member of the International Academy of Music. She has also been state supervisor of music in Bauru, and given masterclasses in Criciúma, São Paulo, Bauru and Ribeirão Preto. Her compositions are exclusively for piano and invoke Brazilian folk genres as, for example, in her ...