Los Angeles-based clarinetist, Virginia Figueiredo has performed for audiences worldwide. She has been featured as soloist, and as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the United States, Portugal, Spain, France, Turkey, Italy, Venezuela, and Taiwan. She has also administered clarinet workshops in Venezuela’s acclaimed El Systema music educational program, in the US, and in Portugal. In 2010, Dr. Figueiredo made her first concert appearance in Taiwan at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. Dr. Figueiredo’s performances have been broadcasted throughout many venues including the Portuguese radio, Antena 2, Portugal’s television, RTP 2, and here in the United States at LACMA’s Sundays Live concert series.
As a scholar, she has received awards from the most notable institutions in both the United States and Europe. These include generous endowments from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Dr. Figueiredo has been awarded top prizes in clarinet and chamber music competitions in Portugal and in the US, such as the RDP Competition for chamber music, and the CSUF and UCLA Concerto competitions.
She has played with the Algarve Symphony In Portugal, with the Astoria Festival Orchestra, and more recently with the Pacific Coast Opera, among many others.
Dr. Figueiredo received her Bachelor of Arts from the Lisbon Superior School of Music, her Master of Music from CSU, Fullerton, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts from UCLA. She studied under Gary Gray, Håkan Rosengren, Nuno Silva, Carlos Alves, and many others. Dr. Figueiredo is adjunct faculty at the Cypress College, California, and a clarinet freelancer throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. She is a member of the Divan Consort, and the Spirati woodwind quintet.