Identical twins Fabiana and Paula Chávez are pianists, music researchers and music educators born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They studied music at Santa Ana Institute under the guidance of Nélida Sánchez
and they obtained their Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Arts from the National University of Arts. They have also completed their master’s degree in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London with Gabriele Baldocci
, Martino Tirimo
and Christine Croshaw
. During they postgraduate studies, they were both recipients of a scholarship from the National Fund of Arts of Argentina.
Fabiana and Paula have participated in numerous master classes and seminars of prominent pianists including Rosalyn Tureck
, Miguel Angel Estrella
, Elsa Púppulo
, Eduardo Hubert
, Ivan Citera
, Pascal Rogé
and Rolf Hinds
The Chavez Twins have given concerts in various prestigious venues in their home country as well as internationally. In Buenos Aires they have performed in La Usina del Arte, the French Alliance of Mar del Plata, the Argentine Library for the Blind, Fernández Blanco Museum, the Golden Hall of La Plata’s Town Hall, the Dante Alighieri Association, the School of Fine Arts of Pergamino, the Scientific Society, and the Argentine Hebrew Society Theatre among others. They have also been awarded with the 2017 and 2020 Notable Bars Prize, which enabled them to participate in its renowned annual concert series.
Abroad, they have appeared in the UK at the St Martin in the Fields, St James's Piccadilly church, The Chapel of St Peter & St Paul in the Old Royal Naval College, St Alfege Church, Faversham Assembly Rooms, Jeffery Hall of the UCL Institute of Education and the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) among others. In Paris, they have played at Maison de l’Argentine the Cité Internationale Universitaire. In the Netherlands, they have performed at Waalse Kerk in Breda, and in Spain, at the Dr. Espriu Club Hall in Barcelona. In 2019 they have had the honor of being nominated for the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards
, which was held on Monday 14th October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
Fabiana and Paula’s career has been widely promoted through worldwide mainstream media such as BBC Radio 3, Radio Nacional Classica, FM Millennium, RNIB Connect Radio, Daily Mail (UK), Mail Online, Clarine Newspaper, Globo International, BBC Brazil, Telefé Argentina TV, TN TV, Arpeggio TV, BBC Breakfast and ITV News.
The pair started losing their sight as teenagers as a result of a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt Disease, which eventually left them completely blind. This new condition allowed Fabiana and Paula to commence a unique research activity to help visually impaired music students to find the best way to read music scores and improve their playing., Consequently, This piano duo has set up a project called Piano without Barriers, which focuses on the relationship between music training and visually impaired students, to break down barriers and obstacles. This exciting project includes recitals, conferences and workshops at music schools, conservatoires and universities all over the world.
Fabiana and Paula not only feel a great passion for music, but they are also thoroughly interested in sharing their music research findings about piano practice related to vision loss.
The following is a list of their published works: "Las Herramientas Tiflotecnológicas Aplicadas a la Música"
, by Fabiana Chavez. (2010). IX Annual Meeting of the Argentine Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Bahía Blanca, Argentina. "Estrategias de Estudio Utilizadas por Pianistas Ciegos"
, by Paula Chávez. (2010). IX Annual Meeting of the Argentine Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Bahía Blanca, Argentina. "La Inclusión de Personas con Discapacidad Visual en Instituciones Educativas Musicales" and the workshop "La Enseñanza de la Música a Personas con Discapacidad Visual"
, by Fabiana and Paula Chávez. (2010). I meeting of Music at the National University of Rosario-Faculty of Humanities and Art. Rosario, Argentina. "A Prática Musical e suas Possíveis Adaptações diante da Perda da Visão"
, by Fabiana and Paula Chávez. (2010). I Meeting “Art for Everyone” at Padre Chico Institute for the Blind, Sao Paulo, Brazil. "Acquisition and Development of New Skills in Piano Practice After Vision Loss"
, by Fabiana and Paula Chávez. (2015). VIML) Visually Impaired Musicians’ Lives conference, UCL Institute of Education. London, UK.