Monica Tessitore was born in Campo Belo, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After appearing on a Brazilian national TV at a very young age she moved to Rio de Janeiro to attend the "Pro-Arte" music school and eventually moved to Brasilia where she graduated from the "Escola de Música de Brasilia".
Coming to the USA she received the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor degrees in piano performance from the Hartt School of Music, the New England Conservatory and Boston University respectively studying with Luiz de Moura Castro, Veronica Jochum and Tong Il-Han.
Dr. Tessitore performed with the Emerson String Quartet and with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Charles Bruch while attending the Hartt School. She's performed with the Brasilia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Cláudio Santoro, with the "Orchestra de L'Empodá" in Spain with Charles Coll.
Currently she's an active chamber musician and soloist concertizing in the US, Europe, Asia and Brazil.
She is in the piano faculty at the Indian Hill Music, in Littleton, Mass. recently performing with their own "Indian Hill Symphony" with Bruce Hangen conducting. She is also an adjunct faculty at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham and at the Assumption College in Worcester. Her commitment to teaching and a high artistic standard has earned her students first place in several competitions.
Dr. Tessitore has attended many musical festivals including the Taos Summer Music School with the American String Quartet, International Music Festivals in Italy (Farra d'Isonzo) in Brazil (Brasilia & Ouro Preto), Spain (Gorizia), South Korea and most recently SIPO in Portugal playing for artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda & Boris Berman.
Her most recent CD "Momentos Musicais" is available at iTunes.