Katunda, Eunice de Monte Lima (1915–1990) By Soares, Luciana
Eunice de Monte Lima Katunda was a Brazilian pianist, composer, conductor, and educator. She was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1915 and died in the state of São Paulo in 1990. Catunda began her piano studies at the age of five with Mima Osward and later studied piano with Branca Bilhar and composition with Oscar Guanabarino. At the age of twelve she gave her debut recital at the Salão Nobre of the Instituto Nacional de Música in her home town, and five years later entered the concert scene performing Moskowsky’s Concerto in E Major, Op. 59 with the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, to critical acclaim. In 1934 she married Omar Catunda and the couple moved to São Paulo, beginning a new and important chapter in Mrs. Catunda’s artistic career.