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 Sanchez –disciple of Maestro Antonio de Raco– and they obtained their Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Arts from the National University of Arts. Fabiana and Paula have also participated in numerous master classes and seminars of prominent pianists such as Elsa Púppulo, Ivan Citera and Eduardo Hubert.
These young twin sisters lost their eyesight gradually due to a 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.
Fabiana and Paula Chavez 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, Rómulo Raggio Museum, 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 Naval Centre on Florida Street, the School of Fine Arts of Pergamino, the Scientific Society of Argentina, the Garcia Morillo Hall of the National University of Arts, and the Argentine Hebrew Society Theatre among others. They have also been awarded with the “2017 Notable Bars Prize”, which enabled them to participate in its renowned annual concert series. Abroad, they have appeared in London at the Saint Martin's in the Fields, The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Jeffery Hall of the UCL Institute of Education, The Forge Music Venue, and the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). 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.
Fabiana and Paula’s career has been widely promoted through worldwide mainstream media such as BBC Radio 3, the National Classic Radio, FM Millenium-106.7, Del Plata Radio, Metro 95.1 Radio, RNIB Connect Radio in Scotland, The Daily Mail (UK), The Mail Online, Páginas Musicales Magazine, Musica Clasica BA Magazine, Clarín Newspaper, Globo International, BBC Brazil, Telefé Argentina TV, TN TV and Arpeggio TV.
They are currently studying for the Masters in Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Studying piano under the guidance of Gabriele Baldocci, tutorials with Martino Tirimo and Chamber Music under Christine Croshaw.
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