The Music Inside Brazilian Dialects

Minha Terra

Denis Nassar Baptista is a Brazilian-Canadian composer, pianist, educator and orchestrator who holds a Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Calgary. His compositions cover a variety of genres: chamber, musical theatre, orchestral, jazz as well as music for documentaries and TV commercials. He has special passion studying Brazilian music and bringing a different flavour to his performances and compositions.

In the past three years he received many awards including: Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, Richard Johnson Award for advanced skills in Chamber Music Composition and an award for outstanding accomplishments by the Government of Alberta. In 2018 his opera “The Incredible Journey”, co-written with librettist Will Collins, won the international competition Opera Disrupted. Denis is a full time professor at Prairie College in Three Hills where he coordinates the songwriting program and teaches music theory.