Licia Lucas was born in the Brazilian city of Itu, in the state of São Paulo. She began her musical studies with the piano teacher Nayl Cavalcante Lucas and graduated from the National School of Music in the class of Professor Neida Cavalcante Montarroyos. Ms. Lucas studied in Brazil with Homero de Magalhães, a disciple of Alfred Cortot, and in Italy, at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome, with Vincenzo Vitale. She further perfected her piano technique with Bruno Seidhofer and Hans Graf of the “Viennese School.”
Those knowledgeable concerning piano technique often compare her with the legendary Brazilian pianist Guiomar Novaes. She initiated her career by winning first place at the competition for soloists of the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, interpreting Mozart’s “Coronation” Concerto under the direction of the conductor Eleazar de Carvalho. In Italy she received the Gold Medal at the International Viotti Competition in Vercelli, being the youngest among all the competitors (the prize being presented by the president of the jury, pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli). Since then, she has performed with great success, both as recitalist and soloist, with more than 40 symphony orchestras in Europe, the United States and Latin America.
Ms. Lucas was acclaimed when she performed at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow as soloist with the Moscow State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Then she played at the legendary “Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic,” receivng a long ovation from the public assembled to hear her interpret Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 and Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra on June 17, 2004. Ms. Lucas has recorded Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Beethoven and Chopin piano concertos with the orchestra.