Araceli Chacon

Born in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Araceli Chacon began her musical studies at home and then, at age 6, studied at the Carlos Gomes Conservatory of Music. She made her first appearance as a soloist with an orchestra at age 9. In Brazil, Chacon studied with Munira Bauab Nechar and Lydia Alimonda Haller. Over her 40-year career, Chacon has won numerous competitions, received several special awards, and received nearly 30 scholarships, including a full scholarship to The Juilliard School in New York for her doctoral studies, where she studied with Jacob Lateiner and Seymour Lipkin.

Chacon has played with the Symphony Orchestras of Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, and the State of São Paulo; USP Orchestra; Charleston Symphony Orchestra; and the Cape Town Symphony. Throughout her career, she has worked under the musical direction of Omri Hadari, Elliot Carter, Camargo Guarnieri, Claudio Santoro, Bologna Ronaldo, Roberto Minczuk, Paul Zukofsky, and John Cage, among others. In addition, Chacon has toured all over the world, playing solo, with chamber groups, or symphony orchestras in Brazil, United States, Canada, Germany, and South Africa. From 1992 to 2008, she served as a piano and chamber music teacher at the Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil). Chacon has made several live recordings for radio and television stations in Brazil, Canada, United States, and South Africa.