Biography

Where it all began

Born in Vitória (ES), Brazil, Virginia moved to England at the age of 11 and did not return until she was 15. During this time, she developed a love for reading while listening to classical music. It couldn’t be music with lyrics, since vocals always had this irresistible power of attraction to her with which nothing else could ever compete. While searching for classical music records through her parents collection, she also found Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Gal Costa, and so it was that, over 5000 miles away from home, she first heard the Brazilian Music that had become world famous a few decades earlier. She also found Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald records and all of these are among the artists that most influenced her at that early age. Back in Brazil, she only stayed in Vitória for another 2 years before moving to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, where she now lives and has made her singing career.

It took only a few years from her first singing lessons in 2006 to her first international tour and to sharing a stage with internationally famous musicians such as Duduka da Fonseca, Mike Moreno, Paulo Levi, Garry Dial, Cadu de Andrade and Leonardo Cioglia. In 2008, she was accepted in one of the best Music Schools in Latin America, Escola de Música de Brasília, where she studied Popular Singing until 2013, when she went to the US to take part in the Jamie Aebersold Summer Jazz Camp, one of the best in the world.

Her singing career started in 2010 and she has performed in the best Brasilia concert venues, including Centro de Convenções Ulisses Guimarães, Teatro da Caixa Cultural, SESC Sílvio Barbato, SESC Ceilândia, Teatro Oi Brasília and Teatro Carlos Galvão.

In 2014, she went on her first international tour in Europe with her Nara Leão tribute, in memory of the 25 years of passing of this Bossa Nova muse. After two full houses in Munich and three in Cyprus with her concert “Saudades de Nara” (“Missing Nara”) a new project arose and will soon be released with an outrageously starry array of guests such as Jaime Alem, Nelson Faria, Jether Garotti Jr, Farlley Derze and Geraldo Vianna. In that same year, she was herself a guest at the Brazilian Day in Sweden and, back in Brazil, she took her tribute to the Cine Theatro Brasil Vallourec in Belo Horizonte.

Primeiro Impacto (First Impact)

The CD “Primeiro Impacto” started as a sponsored project by the Brazilian Government of the Federal District and it was accepted after a very strict application process. The main concept of Primeiro Impacto was to record great songwriters from Brasilia. Under the musical direction of Hamilton Pinheiro, it is a very sophisticated work of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), including Samba, with touches of Pop, and it includes the great Oswaldo Montenegro song, Bandolins, as well as Por Um Triz, by Clodo Climério Clésio, and Alto da Boa Vista, by Hamilton de Holanda and João Marinho. Three of Virginia’s own compositions are in the CD, two of them with cowriters, one solo. The great Milton Guedes is a guest in the CD, on the flute, in the recording of Por Favor, Se Apresente.

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