Mozarteum Brasileiro Celebrates Cultural Exchange

Aniko and Nash Schott hosted a sumptuous buffet, good conversation and plenty of musical anecdotes to introduce their visiting friend Countess Sabine Lovatelli to their guests on Nov. 2.  

The stellar list included newly arrived Brazilian Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro, Saudi Ambassador Princess Reema Al-Saud, Hilda and Arturo Brillenbourg, Sami and Huda Farouki, Alexandra de Borchgrave, Willie and Finley Lewis, Barbara Harrison, Joann Mason as well as Lady Susie Westmacott, wife of the former British Ambassador, who recounted her days at the Smithsonian as assistant curator and the editor of books.

In 1981, Lovatelli founded Mozarteum Brasileiro, a private nonprofit organization that brings classical music to Brazil. The first orchestra invited was the National Symphony with Mstislav Rostropovich. World renowned orchestras and conductors followed, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw as well as such soloists as Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko.

The American Associates of Mozarteum Brasileiro was established in 1984, and Aniko Gaal Schott serves as the president. Mozarteum Brasileiro has dedicated its efforts to education, offering master classes and introductory courses. It has also awarded more than 430 scholarships enabling young Brazilian musicians to study abroad.

The entity also formed a Youth Orchestra, which will be performing with Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg’s Orchestra of the Americas in Sao Paolo. The performance of the two orchestras together demonstrates the importance of cultural exchange and cooperation between countries. Brazil and the U.S. will be celebrating a 200-year friendship in 2024. 

Aniko Gaal Schott and Brazilian Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro. Photo by Susana Ordonez.


Countess Sabine Lovatelli and Lady Susie Westmacott. Photo by Susana Ordonez.


Joann Mason and Didi Cutler. Photo by Susana Ordonez.



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