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Antonio Mário Cunha has a bachelor’s degree in piano, organ, and accordion and a teaching degree in Music Education and Arts Education from the music college, Faculdade de Música Marcelo Tupinambá.
Mr. Cunha served as piano and electric organ professor for five years at Conservatório Musical Souza Lima, before becoming director, a title he has held for more than 30 years.  The school presently has four branches – Moema, Alphaville, and the headquarters, 9 de julho  and Jardins,  home of the college program, Faculdade Souza Lima & Berklee, which is the fruit of a partnership made in 1998 with the American Berklee College of Music.

Mr. Cunha has participated in various piano and organ competitions, receiving top honors, including: The Alfredo Messina Piano Competition, The Father Jose Mauricio Piano Competition, The Lins de Vasconcelos Piano Competition, The Lourdes Franca Piano Competition, The Anita Salles Electric Organ Competition, and the Yamaha of Brazil Competition.

As a concert artist, Mr. Cunha has performed on stages in the capital and interior of São Paulo, including The Municipal Theater of Cubatão, The Municipal Government of Tietê, The Museum of Images  and Sound(MIS), The São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), The Paulista Athletic Club, among others.
Mr Cunha has received various award recognitions: The Governer’s Medal of the State of São Paulo, The Ana NériMedal, The Marcelo Tupinambá Medall, The Carlos Gomes Cultural Medal, and countless citings for musical activities, like: The Benemerito Diploma for Musical and Educational Service to São Paulo, by OPESP; honorable mention by the Order of the Knights of São Paulo; the title of counselor by the Academy of Literature, History, and Arts; Highest Collar of Artistic and Cultural Merit; among diverse other honors.
Mr. Cunha participates actively in various associations, including GPOA (the Anita Salles Organ Research Group), ASPAM (the Sao Paulo Music Therapy Association), the International Piano Duo Association of Japan.

Mr. Cunha conducts interviews on television, radio and printed media, in addition to elaborating articles about musical events and instruction for No Tom Magazine.  His name is listed in various publications, including the books: “Pinceladas Líricas (Lyrical Markings)”, by organist Annita Salles; diverse titels by composer Yves Schmidt, in addition to the homage paid to him in “São Paulo 450 Years” and “Destaques e Personalidades” (Exceptional Personalities)
He released his first CD, “Fifty”, commemorating his fifty years of age, containing Brazilian compositions by Marcelo Tupinambá and arrangments by Rodrigo Morte.


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