The Organ


Elisa Freixo e Josinéia Godinho


Elisa Freixo currently is one of Brazil’s more important artists. After finishing her studies in Brazil, she lived in Europe for four years, where she studied organ and harpsichord. She attended the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and the Conservatoire de Musique in Rueil Malmaison, France.

Since returning to Brazil in 1982, she has been presenting both in Brazil and abroad in organ, harpsichord, and pianoforte concerts, while developing a parallel career as a chamber musician. Living in Mariana, she is responsible for the series of concerts played on the Arp Schnitger organ installed in the Cathedral. Since 1985, she has recorded 12 LPs and CDs, of which six are independent productions, dedicated to the work of J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn, romantic authors, and a series of 3 volumes dedicated to the Mariana organ.

Her first CD, recorded for the French label Auvidis-Valois, was dedicated to eighteenth-century Spanish repertoire and received the Grand Prix du Disque of the Nouvelle Academie Française, one of the highest honors of the music market. Freixo was the first Brazilian artist to receive the Grand Prix.

Josinéia Godinho, Both an organist and harpsichord player, Godinho graduated from the Escola Superior de Música Santa Marcelina, São Paulo. She got a degree in Sacred Music and another in Organ from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, under Wolfgang Zerer, receiving an expert’s degree in organ performance. At the same time, she studied harpsichord under Isolde Kittel and Gisela Gumz. She has taken many courses on organ and harpsichord playing.

As a soloist and a chamber musician, she has concertized in Germany, Holland, Argentina, and Japan. She has performed various duos: organ and trumpet with Sabine Braun (since 1996), harpsichord and flute with Barbara Witter (between 2000 and 2002), and two harpsichords with Elisa Freixo (since 2000). In 2002, she played in the recording of a CD for the Mariana Museum of Music, with the choir “Coral Ars Nova” and with orchestra.

She lives in Mariana, where she helps with organ presentations and works in a project to popularize Brazilian instruments.