Luiz Fernando Benedini


Brazilian Ambassador Luiz Fernando Benedini has represented his country in the United States, Costa Rica, England and Paraguay. His career began in 1970 when he joined the Brazilian diplomatic corps, having been ranked first among 1,300 applicants. He worked at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Brasilia before being assigned a position in London and then Paraguay, where he played a role in the negotiations for the construction and management of Itaipu Dam, the largest generator of hydroelectric power in the world. 

In the early 1980s Mr. Benedini was the Chief of Staff for the Organization of American States, which brings together the 35 independent states of the Americas, constituting the main political, juridical and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere.

Mr. Benedini served as the Consul General of Brazil in Miami twice, from 1985-1991 and 1994-2000. He was responsible for consular, commercial and cultural affairs in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He also created the Brazil-Florida Cultural Institute. He was also the Spokesman and Press Secretary for the Foreign Affairs Ministry under former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso and his last diplomatic assignment from 2000-2003 was as the Brazilian Ambassador to Costa Rica where his duties included serving as the liaison with the Interamerican Court for Human Rights.

After leaving the diplomatic corps, Mr. Benedini served as the Executive Director of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra Foundation, a position he held from 2005 until 2010.

Most importantly, he plays the piano.


JUNE 18, 2015

8:00 PM

Recital: Festival Sampler

Short selections by the guest artists, Festival staff and volunteers

JUNE 20, 2015

10:00 AM

Master Class:  Alexander Shtarkman with Luiz Benedini

JUNE 21, 2015

11:30 AM


Works by Chopin, Villa Lobos and Scriabin