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 and importance of agogic and how to work on having depth in cantabile. They are indelible inspirations in my life to this day, and I am thankful to the fact they were able to successfully navigate my young learner strong personality.

        Thanks to their dedication, I was able to perform my first concert with an Orchestra at age 9, and I was privileged to have access to many other great pianists as Alexandre Zamith, Rogerio Zaghi and Eduardo Monteiro. I was fortunate to perform solo recitals, chamber music and go to music competitions and my first job as a musician was at age 14, playing for choirs at Fundacao das Artes de Sao Caetano do Sul.

It was after finishing my undergraduate degree in music at University of São Paulo that I met pianist Arnaldo Cohen, while I was participating in a piano competition. He was judging the competition  alongside with pianists Flavio Augusto and Gilberto Tinetti, and afterwords professor Cohen 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. Emile Naoumoff and David Baker. 

        While at IU I met Dr. Karen Taylor, and 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 really unexpectedly I became the wild card of her program, teaching an average of 15 students per semester, many of them on the Autism Spectrum and other Neurodiversities. In that period, I was also hired as piano accompanist at the DePauw University in Greencastle; where I worked until 2019.

        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, where we now live. I am currently working at Christopher Newport University as piano accompanist for both the music and theater departments.