Élider DiPaula

Executive and Artistic Director

Piano and Composition Faculty

Praised by the Chicago Tribune as a “highly personable, exceptionally talented pianist,” Élider DiPaula is a Brazilian classical musician, composer and pedagogue. Since winning the Orestes Farinello National Piano Competition at the age of seven, he has received numerous accolades, including as guest soloist of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Goiás, and the award of a commission by the Brazilian concert series Goiânia Música Hoje.

DiPaula earned his conservatory diploma at Escola de Música de Anápolis, and was subsequently invited to join their music faculty at the age of seventeen. Concurrently, DiPaula studied piano at the Universidade Federal de Goiás in the studio of Dr. Ana Flávia Frazão. In his undergraduate experience at Universidade Federal de Goiás, DiPaula was awarded by the CAPES/FIPSE program to be part of a student exchange program at Marshall University. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree, DiPaula joined the faculty of the Instituto Basileu França, the largest conservatory in central Brazil, serving as piano professor, 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. While still performing actively, he premiered and recorded works by several Brazilian and American composers. In recent years, DiPaula dedicated a few of his solo performances to the works of Debussy, Villa-Lobos, and Ronaldo Miranda. During the 2021/2022 Season he is working on two special performances, one in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Astor Piazzolla and another in recognition of 200 years since the Independence of Brazil.

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. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ludmila Lazar, DiPaula received the Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Since 2017, DiPaula has held the position of music director at Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn. In 2018, he launched the non-profit organization Project 88 Music Academy, for which he’s been serving as the executive director. Additionally, as artistic director, DiPaula currently leads the fourth season of Project 88’s Concert Series.

In recognition for his work for Project 88, DiPaula was awarded the Center for Arts Leadership Seed Grant from Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2019 and the Social Justice Alumni Award from Roosevelt University during its 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2020. He is also currently on faculty at Project 88 Music Academy and Oak Park School of Music, and runs his own private studio in Uptown Chicago.


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