Caio Pagano is an internationally renowned concert pianist, teacher and scholar. He is a distinguished professor of piano at Arizona State University since 1986 having earned the honor of Regents' Professor of piano at this institution. He is the recipient of many piano performance awards in Europe and in his native country, Brazil. Pagano has performed throughout four continents in more than 900 public performances as recital soloist, chamber musician and as soloist with orchestras.
He has premiered 36 works in concert halls worldwide, 25 of these were works written and dedicated to him by the composers, including several concertos for piano and orchestra. He has also recorded several of these works. Pagano was the first pianist to perform the complete works of Schoenberg in several capitals of the world.
He performed with orchestras throughout the world conducted by Sergiu Comissiona, Camargo Guarnieri, Szimon Goldberg, Howard Griffits, John Neschling, James Sedares, Aylton Escobar, Eleazar de Carvalho, Silva Pereira, Ernest Bour, Morton Gould, Roberto Minczuk, Roberto Tibiriçá. His programs are vast and have included great Masters of the XXth century; he performed Berg’s “Chamber Concerto”, Schoenberg’s Concerto, Bartók’s II Concerto for the first time ever in Brazil, as well as the complete works of Schoenberg; and a large number of world premières of contemporary composers such as Guarnieri, Koellreutter, Gilberto Mendes, Willy Correa de Oliveira, James DeMars, Almeida Prado. Glenn Hackbarth, Paulo Chagas etc.)
A frequent performer in East Asia, Caio played in Beijing, Qingdao, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka and in Singapore at the Esplanade, the Botanical gardens and at the SOTA.
He has adjudicated international competitions in Portugal, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, the USA, Panama. He became "Professor of the Year" at Arizona State University in 2010.
In partnership with Maria João Pires, Pagano created the Belgais Centre for Studies of the Arts in Portugal in 2000 and recorded "Sounds of Belgais" for Deutsche Gramophon. He created the Piano Department of the Institute Politechnic in Portugal.
Summit, Soundset, Deutsche Grammophon and Glissando labels publish his acclaimed recordings. His CD "Music for Children" by Heitor Villa-Lobos has received rave reviews which have included “CD of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine, and other magnificent reviews on Gramophone (Great Britain), CD Compact (Spain) and Fanfare (United States).
Nicholas Shaneyfelt is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in Collaborative Piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He completed his doctoral studies in the Collaborative Piano studio of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan, he served as Staff Accompanist for the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with regular involvements at the Northampton Community Music Center, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, and the UMass Newman Center. He currently accompanies Luther College’s Nordic Choir, and has accompanied the Chamber Choir and Chorale at UMass under the direction of Tony Thornton, the UMass Conducting Institute, the South Hadley Chorale, and regional honor choirs and choral societies in western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine.
Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Dr. Shaneyfelt received Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree from UMass with a dual focus in Solo and Collaborative Piano. At UMass, he was the recipient of the 2011 Eugenie May Piano Award. While at Notre Dame, he was the winner of the university’s concerto competition. His piano trio, “The Nora Trio,” was the first Notre Dame chamber ensemble to be selected as a finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Notable recent performances include the premiere of David Amram’s Greenwich Village Portraits with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, recital tours with soprano Katie Calcamuggio-Donner, engagements in Los Angeles, New York City, and the Kennedy Center through the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative, and Winterreise with tenor William Hite.
Nicholas has studied with John Blacklow, Nadine Shank, Estela Olevsky, and Gilles Vonsattel.