March 14, 1915 – August 03, 1990
Eunice Katunda was born in Rio de Janeiro and began studying piano early in her life, then moved on to studying composition. In her late 20s, she worked as a concert pianist and was part of the Music Viva ensemble that one of her composition teachers, Hans-Joachim Koellreuter, founded. They then went to Paris to study conducting and several years later, she studied Brazilian folk music. She was a prolific composer, writing pieces for large and small orchestras, choruses, and piano, and taught musicology and composition.