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Anna Leone is a master in music performance and one of the most prized young guitarists in Brazil. At the age of seven, she started playing mostly Brazilian music, and later on dedicated her studies to classical music. In 2014, Anna received a Bachelor Music degree from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where she was taught by the guitarist Maria Haro. Anna has participated in many competitions in Brazil and the USA from which she received a total of ten prizes and three honorable mentions. During one of the competitions in Brazil, she received a scholarship to study at James Madison University in the USA, where she completed a master’s degree in music. Anna has performed as a soloist throughout Brazil, USA and Finland, dedicating most of her repertoire to Latin American and Spanish classical music. Currently she is pursuing a second master’s degree at Sibelius Academyย in Helsinki, under the tutelage of Ismo Eskelinen.

Q&A

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐›๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ ?
Since I was a kid I always wanted to be a musician. But for sure, if I weren’t a musician I would try to work with something outdoors.
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๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ?
Listening to the old albums of Brazilian music from my parents.
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๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ข๐ง ๐…๐ข๐ง๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐?
I came here to study at the Sibelius Academy.
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๐–๐ก๐จ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ง/๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ?
I don’t really have a favorite composer, it really depends on my mood. In classical music one of my favorites is definitely Villa Lobos. However, in general I listen to a lot of Brazilian music, and one of my favorite composers is Caetano Veloso.
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๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž?
For me, being surrounded by music and musicians is something already special. I have been to some amazing concerts, but the most cherished moments for me are during music festivals. The most incredible one was in Koblenz in 2018. Two whole weeks immersed with classical guitar music with old and new friends.
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๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ/๐ง๐จ๐ญ-๐ฌ๐จ-๐ฌ๐ž๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ (๐ฎ๐ง๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ) ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ?
Sometimes I like to write poetry, but I’m not sure if it’s a talent itself.
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๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž?
My guilty pleasure is reading. I can immerse myself in a book for hours without noticing.
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๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ?
Definitely Brazil.
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๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง?
It depends. Here in Finland my favorite is summer, but back in Brazil my favorite one is autumn.
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๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐?
Pasta
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๐ƒ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐›๐›๐ข๐ž๐ฌ?
I play squash sometimes.
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๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐, ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž?
My guitar (obviously), a notebook and my phone to listen to some music.