DiPaula, Élider

Élider DiPaula is a Brazilian classical pianist, composer and pedagogue. Born in Anápolis, his aptitude for music was noticeable at the age of six, when he won the Orestes Farinello National Piano Competition. After earning his conservatory diploma at Escola de Música de Anápolis, DiPaula was invited to join the music faculty at the age of seventeen. He later moved to the state capital to pursue his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Universidade Federal de Goiás, in the studio of Dr. Ana Flavia Frazão. In his sophomore year, he was awarded a scholarship for an exchange
program at Marshall University. While in the United States, he was one of three pianists selected to perform in the prestigious Barbara Nissman masterclass at the Music Teachers National Conference. Following the exchange program, DiPaula returned to Brazil to join the faculty of the Instituto Basileu França, the largest conservatory in central Brazil. There he also served as lecturer, and as coordinator of both the Chamber Music Department and the International Artist Exchange program.

In addition to his artistic and pedagogical accomplishments, DiPaula established the Catartístico
Society, founded the Escola de Músicos, coordinated the 8th National Composers Conference at
Federal University of Goiás, and was the co-creator of the Contemporary Music Exhibition Som de
Minuto. Performing actively, DiPaula premiered and recorded works by several Brazilian and
American composers. His last appearance, while living in Brazil, was in 2014 as a guest of the Youth
Symphony Orchestra of Goiás for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. In 2015, DiPaula was awarded a
commission by the Brazilian concert series Goiânia Música Hoje, where his song cycle for voice and
piano, Songs of Hate, Sadness and Hope, was premiered. The same year, this work was featured in
Dr. Aaron Agulay’s article, Élider DiPaula’s Canções de Ódio, Tristeza e Esperança: An Interpretative
Analysis of a Mood Triptych.

After moving to the United States, DiPaula earned his Master of Music degree in piano performance
at James Madison University, where he studied with Dr. Paulo Steinberg and Dr. Gabriel Dobner.
During his time there, he received Honorable Mention at the MTNA Young Artist Competition in
Richmond, Virginia, and was invited to perform Songs of Hate, Sadness and Hope at the 36
th Annual Contemporary Music Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ludmila Lazar, who carries on the legacy of Rudolph Ganz, DiPaula is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Since 2017, DiPaula has held the position of music director at Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn. This year, he launched Project 88, for which he is the executive director. Additionally, as the artistic director, DiPaula leads Project 88’s first productions: Into the Musical World: Concerts for the Youth, True Unity Classical Concert Series, and Lucile Evans Music Festival.