Born December 1938 in Montevideo, Uruguay, Renée Pietrafesa
initiated musical studies with her mother, the pianist and pedagogue
Bonnet. She attends courses dictated by the pianists Jorge Demus
and J.Turchinsky, the organist A.Turriziani and the composer
Through a grant from the French Government in 1973 and 1974, she performs
electroacoustic researches at the G.R.M. of Paris, under the direction of
and studies direction of orchestra with J. Mercier.
In 1984, she is named « Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres » and receives at Montevideo the Florencio award from the Uruguayan Theatre Critic for the music of "Electra" of Sophocles .
In 1990, she is invited by the French Government as a composer and a pedagogue.
Since 1991, she collaborates et participates as a composer and a pedagogue to the France-Uruguay exchanges in France and Latin America. In that area, she performs several Master-Classes in French academies of music such as the CNR of Strasbourg which invites her to teach and direct her works. She is invited too by the Musikrat of Germany, in Italy, in Spain as well as in Brasil and in Argentina.
She realizes in 1997 an exceptional concert "Por la vida" in Teatro Solís of Montevideo, with the collaboration of the UNICEF of Uruguay and the participation of an orchestra of 100 musicians, 5 choruses of adults and chorus of children "Coro de niños del Iname", as well as groups of popular music such as G. Goularte which, in an interdependent way, appeared to collect funds for the children of the street of our country. Activity which continues each year.
In 1999, within the framework of its annual rounds in Europe, she performs with Luis Batlle, in París and Rome, works of the universal repertory and od her own vintage. She also directs Master Classes in various academies of France by carrying out concerts of works of latino-american masterpieces interpreted by European orchestras prolonging abroad its extraordinary work of pedagogue and artist. This same year, she inaugurates in Montevideo her work "Desde la Cruz del Sur" for orchestra directing the OSSODRE orchestra, in Montevideo.
Continuing her mission of Ambassadress of the music of Uruguay in all its forms, she also takes part in the year 2000 in the Festival Paris-Banlieues-Tango like the first pianist of Uruguay of classical music which performs also all the popular music of our country and Latin America (on the barge Péniche Daphné during the week "Uruguay-sur-Seine", she inaugurates a tango, a milonga and a candombe of its composition as well as tangos milongas and candombes of Uruguay, with a sharp success, the participation of Comparsa Scumba franco-uruguaya. The same year, she inaugurates in the Maison de l'Amérique Latine of París personal works as well as other traditional and contemporary composers of Uruguay. Her video "Monte Vidéo " was selected with the Festival international de la ville de Manosque (France) during which she presented and directed also a concert of diffusion of the contemporary music of Uruguay of all kinds.
In 2001, she carried out 7 concerts for Juventudes Musicales de Uruguay
with the participation of 600 children each Sunday, thus succeeding by
didactic and diffusion works, unique in our country by its artistic and human
quality, to contribute to help always more the young interpreters and composers
of the country and abroad, in addition to her work for 15 years with Channel
5 (now TVEO of our country), and to her School of music Escuela
de Música en la Quinta del Arte, and of her teaching at the Escuela
Universitaria de Música. This year also, she creates the Orquesta
de Cámara de jóvenes de Ars Musicæ as a "child"
of her group Ars Musicæ founded in 1964, and gives with him
13 concerts this same year in concert halls of Montevideo and province at
ends of benevolence and with groups of theatre and video in the search for
an integration to other artistic forms. She also inaugurates in first world
her works "Con los niños" (Musical Youths - Orchestra Ars
Musicæ of Montevideo, under her direction), "Proyección
2001" for 2 percussionnists and orchestra, facing the Orchestra OSSODRE
of Montevideo with a sharp success and "Señales y elaboraciones"
for piano as pianist, in a concert of national composers of the group
Núcleo Música Nueva. She was in this year the 2001,
the national composer which composed the most musics for works of theatre
in Uruguay: "Top Dogs" (national Comedy - Dir. Ruegger),
Olvidado" (El Galpón - Dir. Nelly Goitiño), "Tres
Mujeres altas" (national Comedy - Dir. Nelly Goitiño), "El
sueño y la Vigilia" (El Galpón - Dir. Nelly Goitiño),
"En la casa de campo" (Dir. Nelly Goitiño) by prizes winner
of the EMAD with which she worked as "audio space" professor. From November
24, 2001, there were simultaneously at least 4 works with musics of her
composition on the scenes of Montevideo.
In 2002, she is invited in France to carry out concerts and recordings of her works for piano within the 15th Video Moments of Manosque and to also give in Paris concerts of piano of latino-american composers. She carries out a round in concerts as pianist and to the head of the orchestra "Ars Musicæ", within Uruguay and directed on two occasions the Orchestra of Sodre of Montevideo in works of Bach, Mozart and Schubert and her own composition "Desde la Cruz del Sur" in its version 2002, and inaugurated at the time of various concerts in Montevideo "Para piano y encordado 2002", "Para piano preparado y amplificado 2002", "Evocación para piano y orquesta de Cámara" and"Canción a Federico 2002".
For her "trajectory", she receives the Morosoli 2005 award " of the Fundación Lolita Rubial (November 2005).
She is a member of the S.U.M.C. and the N.M.N. of Montevideo and is regularly invited to direct the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo and the Orquesta Sinfónica del S.O.D.R.E. de Montevideo.
She is currently director of the Music School « Quinta del Arte » at Montevideo et directs musical TV show (Taller de Música on Canal 5). She teaches Musical Pedagogy in the Escuela Universitaria de Música de Montevideo and directs the Grupo Barroco de Montevideo which she founded.
As an interpreter, she plays the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoires(piano, organ and harpsichord).
She recorded long plays and cassettes from Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Froberger as well as CDs of her authorship among them "Mutabile" (Ayuí / Tacuabé), "Acoustic, Mixed and Electroacoustic Music" (Sondor), Works for piano and Instrumental Chamber and Symphonic Music and Vocal, mixed and electroacoustic chamber music for drama directed by the composer herself, facing the Orchestra of the CNR of Strasbourg, the Ossodre and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo (Agadu).
Last, she composed many works of quality which were created in renown theaters of Uruguay, Argentina, Brasil and Europe. Es invitada con la misma Orquesta a dirigir conciertos en los Ciclos de Música de Cámara del SODRE.
On october 24, 2016, Renée
Pietrafesa was designated illustrious citizen of Montevideo, with
Margarita Percovich y Elena Fonseca.
Selection of articles of press :
Pietrafesa y Ars Musicæ en la Vaz Ferreira - Excelente programa,
hecho con capacidad y entusiasmo, Julio
Novoa, La Mañana, 1987
UNESCO - Sector de Cultura