Mario Falcao



Mario Falcao is Professor Emeritus for the State University of New York at Fredonia, NY, and a Visiting Professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal. A native of Lisbon, Portugal, Professor Falcao attended the Lisbon Conservatory where he was awarded a diploma in Harp Performance. He attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, on a Fulbright scholarship, where he completed both the Master of Music degree and the Performer's Certificate, studying harp with Eileen Malone. Additional studies were with Phia Berghout in Holland, the Netherlands.

At the 5th International Harp Contest in Israel in 1973, Mr. Falcao received a special prize for the outstanding performance of a contemporary work. This early recognition stayed with him throughout his career, as he has been a dedicated and vocal champion for contemporary composers. Through his extensive International career as a chamber musician, orchestral soloist, and recitalist dedicated to the commissioning and performance of works for the harp from composers in Europe, the United States, and South America, Mr. Falcao has generated countless opportunities for composers and harpists alike to express themselves through the creation and realization of new music. He was a member of the Creative Associates of SUNY at Buffalo where he worked closely with 20th Century luminaries John Cage, Lukas Foss, and Morton Feldman among others. He has collaborated in festivals of Contemporary music, through master classes and in harp festivals in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.

Mr. Falcao's initial involvement with The American Harp Society came about in 1969, when he attended the National Conference held at the Eastman School of Music. He found the experience of hearing and meeting great harpists and unique personalities memorable; a remarkable example of the power of music to initiate friendships and create community. He subsequently attended and participated in numerous AHS national conferences, has served numerous terms as a member of the Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Board from 1975-1979; hosted the 1980 national conference at SUNY Fredonia, NY and in 2017 ended a six-year term of service as New York Regional Director. Mr. Falcao is a founding member of the World Harp Congress (1981) and a member of its Board of Directors, service which extends his lifelong commitment to fostering the creation and performance of contemporary music for the harp and supporting the work of world-wide harp organizations in creating a global community of friendships through the harp.