MONTEIRO, Simei. b. Belém, Brazil, 28 December 1943. She was born in the capital of Pará in the northern Amazon region of Brazil. As a child she was always listening to music: her father loved music, especially opera. Her mother could sing almost the entire hymnal by heart and was a public reciter of poetry. Both parents sang in the choir of the Baptist Church and also in events outside the church. Her uncle was the main piano tuner at the ‘Teatro da Paz’ in the city of Belém, and sometimes she went with him to concerts. Her parents could not afford to give her a piano but she could go to her uncle's house and play in the old pianos he used to restore. She started her music studies at 11...
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