Daniel Inamorato


Concert Pianist and Butoh Performer

         I was born in Santo André (São Paulo-Brasil) in February 2, 1987. My first contact with music making happened through my sister Viviane Louro, eight years older than me. She started learning the piano as a means to develop her hand musculature, due the fact she was born with a non-identifiable physical disability. Her passion for arts and philosophy and her persistence in practicing the piano up to 13 hours a day naturally develop in me an intense passion for music and the interest in playing the instrument at a very early age.

      Finding good piano instructors took some persistence, but our mother Sueli Inamorato eventually found excellent teachers that were very influential in my life. My most important mentors were Luciana Sayuri Shimabuco, the most caring, organized and sensible teacher I have ever met, and Marisa Rosana Lacorte, the person who taught me the meaning of musical agogic, as well how to work on having depth in my Cantabile. They are inspirations in my life to this day, and they were able to successfully navigate my young learner strong personality.

        When I was 9 years old I performed my first concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of São Caetano do Sul and I also had lessons in Brazil with pianists Alexandre Zamith, Rogerio Zaghi and Eduardo Monteiro.

        At a young age I was fortunate to perform solo recitals, chamber music and compete at nationwide music competitions for young performers, accumulating experience performing under pressure and judgement. It was after finishing my undergraduate degree in music at University of São Paulo, also performing at a piano competition, that I met pianist Arnaldo Cohen, as he was judging the competition. Joining pianists Flavio Augusto and Gilberto Tinetti, professor Cohen offered me the first prize of the competition and invited me to apply as a student at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I had no doubt that this would be a life changing experience, so I left my two jobs as a music teacher and music producer, learned English as fast as humanly possible, and a few months later started a new life in the United States, in the year 2011.

        Indiana University offered me the highest scholarship and fellowship they have, and I was fortunate to have seven semesters of full tuition to study with professor Cohen and also professor Jean-Louis Hagenauer, completing a Performer Diploma and a Master Degree in Music. There I also learned from professors Edmund Battersby and Emile Naoumoff. 

        While at IU I met Dr. Karen Taylor, as a student at her excellent piano pedagogy class; she saw me teaching and offered me a job at her prestigious Young Pianists Program. She was particularly interested in my previous experience working with atypical learners, and so I became the wild card of her program, teaching an average of 15 students per semester, many of them neurodiverse. At the same period, I was hired as piano accompanist at the DePauw University in Greencastle; I worked in both Universities until 2019.

        Also at Indiana University I met my husband Brady Kent Lanier, an excellent early music performer and professional arranger. In 2019 he was hired as full time Viola da Gamba performer at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. We now live in Williamsburg, Virginia and I am currently working at Christopher Newport University as piano accompanist for both the music and theater departments.