Clarice Assad

Clarice Assad
Background information
Birth name Clarice Vasconcelos da Cunha Assad Simão
Born (1978-02-09) February 9, 1978
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Jazz, classical, pop, world
Occupation(s) Singer, musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1996–present
Labels Adventure

Clarice Assad is a singer, pianist, and composer from Rio de Janeiro.

Assad has performed professionally since the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Michigan. She is a 2009 Latin Grammy nominee.[1]

She comes from a musical family, which includes her father, guitarist Sergio Assad, her uncle, guitarist Odair Assad, and her aunt, singer Badi Assad.[2]

Her works have been published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), and in the United States (Virtual Artists Collective Publishing), and have been performed in Europe, South America, the United States and Japan.

Clarice Assad is a NSS Music[3] and Adventure Music artist. Her music is licensed through ASCAP and Parma Recordings. She was the featured composer for the 2008–2009 season at the New Century Chamber Orchestra,[4] where she currently works as the orchestra's primary arranger and orchestrator.


Her music has been performed and recorded by orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians, such as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Iwao Furusawa, Yo-Yo Ma, Assad Brothers, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Turtle Island String Quartet, Cavatina Duo, Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisville Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, as well as conductors Marin Alsop and Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Bernhardt, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Alondra de la Parra.

Her compositions and arrangements have been recorded on Sony Classical, Universal Music, NSS Music, Nonesuch, Cedille, Adventure Music, Chandos, Telarch, and Rob Digital in Brazil. She has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Concordia Chamber Players, Ethos Percussion Group, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Cabrillo Music Festival, the Cavatina Duo, the LA Guitar Quartet, Aquarelle guitar quartet, pianist and Vail Music Festival's artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott.


Assad has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Brazil, and Europe. She sings in Portuguese, French, Italian, English, but is mostly known for her "Brazilian scat" vocals. She has appeared on Brazilian, American and European radio and television, including NPR's All Songs Considered as a favorite of the week, Marshal Vente's show on WDCB, and on Chicago's WLUW with Steve Shroeder. Her music is frequently featured on WNYC and the Columbia College Chicago radio station WCRX.



Awards and fellowships

Partial list of works




Large ensembles

Small ensembles




Song cycles


  1. 1 2 es:Anexo:Premios Grammy Latinos 2009
  2. Lewis, Uncle Dave. "Clarice Assad | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  3. "Nss Music Artists". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. "Home". NCCO. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  5. "Where Composers Lend Their Voices". The New York Times. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  6. http://wwwmeetthecomposerorg/node/2536
  7. "Latin American Pomp and Syncopation". The New York Times. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  8. "The orchestra in Assad 'Violin Concerto'". philly-archives. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  9. "Clarice Assad "Ciranda, Classicas Cantigas" – American Composers Alliance". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  10. "duodeste1". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  11. "Adventures in Piano, Haydn to Tatum". The New York Times. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  12. "Singers and Composers in a Stylistic Mix and Match". The New York Times. 17 April 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2015.

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