Laura Rizzotto
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Laura Rizzotto

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

New York City, NY | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter




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Laura Rizzotto is a 22-year-old recording and performing Music artist, a  7-year trained ballet dancer, an activist and a professional songwriter, with over 50  original songs published by herself, most of them with English lyrics. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Laura started playing the piano at the age of 9 and wrote her first ballad “Reason Why”,  at the age of 11, when she used to  live in the city of  Edina, in Minnesota. She taught herself how to play the guitar and the ukulele at her early teens.

The girl from Ipanema chases the dream to break into the US pop mainstream. Laura started performing her own songs in the music scene of Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 15. Her first record  deal, with Universal Music Brazil,  came up at the age of 16, just after a record executive saw her performing live in the legendary venue Modern Sound, in Copacabana. Her debut studio album “Made in Rio”, released in 2011, was produced by British musician Paul Ralphes and the track “Who You Are” by Brazilian jazz legend Eumir Deodato.

“Made in Rio” was critically acclaimed and extensively featured in the Brazilian media. Laura was a guest artist in the main Brazilian TV shows and promoted the album with live performances in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, with a 6-piece band. The  single “Fish Out of Water” was included in the soundtrack of a popular soap opera from Brazil’s major TV network, Rede Globo.

Laura opened up for former Disney star Demi Lovato, at her major concert in Brazil, for 7,000 people, in April 2012. Shortly after, she was offered a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. In a bold move, she decided to give a break at her rising career in Brazil and  move to Boston,  to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree. She was placed at Berklee’s Dean’s list for 3 consecutive semesters and featured live in radio shows, in Massachusetts.

In June 2013, she was a Brand USA guest artist at the 2013 International  Pow Wow Expo, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where she performed live for an audience of 6,000 travel delegates from the U.S. and 70 other countries.

Laura moved to Los Angeles, CA, in August of 2013 to release her sophomore studio album, “Reason To Stay”,  self-released in January 16, 2014. The album features 11 original tracks written and published by Laura, 3 of them in collaboration with her 21-year-old brother Lucas. “Reason To Stay” was produced in Los Angeles and Tokyo by Nicolas Farmakalidis and mastered by Grammy award winner  sound engineer Brad Blackwood.

The album’s release served as a driving force to promote environmental education and a greater public awareness regarding the urgent need of conservation and restoration of Brazilian national tree, also known as “The Music Tree”, which is listed as an endangered species and currently menaced by the bow-for-stringed-instrument industry.

While in California, Laura Rizzotto graduated from California Institute of the Arts, where she got a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Musical Arts.

At only 20 years old, Laura moved to NYC, where she got accepted as a scholarship student for a Masters in Music at Columbia University. In November of 2015, Laura released an original song called "Miracle", as a tribute to roadI traffic victims. The tune was released and featured in the 2nd Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasília, Brazil, organized by the UN. The music video was shot and produced by André Pilli, a well known Brazilian YouTuber and filmmaker, with whom Laura has done numerous collaborations.

Now, at 22 years of age, Laura is currently attending grad school in NYC, where she is constantly performing, collaborating and working on her third album to be released in early 2017.

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