Marcelo Bratke and Camerata Brasil together at the South Bank

Born almost blind,  Marcelo Bratke discovered the piano when he was 14 and his talent was quickly recognised. In 2004 his sight was restored by pioneering eye surgery and he could see the realities of the world around him.

Now he is one of Brazil’s pre-eminent pianists, performing in major halls all over the world from Carnegie Hall to the Salzburg Festival, from the Konzerthaus in Berlin to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, amongst others.

After the surgery, with his heightened sense of the contrasts in society he saw how engagement with the arts could address injustice and this spurred him to create Camerata Brasil, a musical ensemble formed of young musicians who came from impoverished areas of Brazilian society.

Bratke is now back to London playing a special show at the Purcell Room including movements by acclaimed Brazilian classic composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and also some of Antonio Carlos Jobim most famous pieces, such as Luiza, Choro, Frevo, Wave, Stone flower and Samba do Avião.

The London concert is supported by the Embassy of Brazil in London

Marcelo Bratke and Camerata Brasil
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre
Saturday 25 August 2012, 7pm
Tickets £8
By tickets from here.


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