Mario Falcao, Professor Emeritus at State University of New York at Fredonia and Visiting Professor at Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, Portugal; was born in Lisbon Portugal . His early studies in Music were completed at the Lisbon Conservatory with the Diploma in Harp and later continued in the United Stated at the Eastman School of Music with a Master Degree in Harp Performance and a Performer’s Certificate. Pupil of Phia Berghout in Holland and Eileen Malone at Eastman School. Awarded Grants for his education from Fulbright Foundation, Gulbenkian Foundation, Portuguese Department of Education and Eastman School of Music.
A winner of a Special Prize at the 5th International Harp Contest in Israel for the performance of a contemporary Israeli harp composition, he has dedicated a great deal of his playing career to forwarding the cause of performance and commission of new compositions for the harp. Frequent collaboration with composers in Europe, US and South America has produced many new solo ,chamber and Concertos written specifically for him and recorded in several albums. He was a member of the Creative Associates of SUNY at Buffalo and worked closely with John Cage, Lukas Foss, Morton Feldman among other composers.
Extensive international career as a recitalist, orchestra Soloist and chamber music player. Collaborated in Festivals of Contemporary music in Lisbon, Orleans, Madrid, Buffalo NY, as well as International Harp Festivals in Portugal, Spain, Holland, South Africa, Brazil, Japan, China.
Frequent member of Jury of International Harp Competitions ( United Stated ,Great-Britain, France, Japan, Russia) he his committed to propagating the performance of Harp Music and Harp Organizations. Member of the American Harp Society he is a Past Chairman of Board of Directors the AHS and is a current member of the Board of Directors.
He is a Founding member of the World Harp Congress and member of the Board of Directors.
Guest at Master Classes and Harp Courses in US ,Europe, Japan, China, Brazil and Australia.