Director - Eduardo Mendonça

Eduardo Mendonça was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he received his degree in Arts Education from the Music Institute of the Catholic University of Salvador and after graduation, became a teacher and then a principal, at a K-12 public school.

Eduardo, which along with many special events produced in Seattle, with his wife Ana Paula Mendonça have created BrasilFest at Seattle Center, the official cultural center of the City of Seattle.

Mendonça has performed for former South African President Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama, was featured in Paul Simon`s music video, "Born at the Right Time".
His achievements in the United States include:

  • 2009 and 2014, "Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award" dedicated to support individuals working to help young people feel fully alive through rhythm as expressed in dance, music and poetry - This award honors those who devoted their lives to bring forth the joy side of human nature to strengthen communities;

  • In 2009, Eduardo Mendonça received from the Congressman Jim McDermott the, "Spirit of Liberty Award" - Award for an immigrant who has made outstanding contribution to his adopted country, the U.S.A. while maintaining his ethnic heritage. - Ethnic Heritage Council of Seattle;

  • 2007 winner of "Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S." by the Brazilian International Press Award (Fort Lauderdale, Florida);

  • 2006 "Tribute" from Centro Cultural Hispano Americano and the Spanish & Portuguese Studies of University of Washington for: Excellence, Contribuition in the Advancement of Performing Arts and Education of the Brazilian Music.