MAHANI TEAVE WILLIAMS: is one of the most renowed pianists of Chile and the only one from Rapa Nui (Pascua Island, Chile); married with 1 daughter. Also, Cultural Ambassador of Rapa Nui and founder of the Non for Profit TOKI Rapa Nui, together with a Rapanui professional team, their first big work is the Rapa Nui Music and Arts School, where Mahani is Academic Director.
In 2016 receved the award “100 Lider Women of Chile”, and received the Scotiabank “Advancement of Women Award 2016” for her leadership, discipline and entrepreneurship capacity.
Mahani had her debut at nine years old, when participated with the pianist Roberto Bravo in a concert tour.
She estudied at the Universidad Austral (Valdivia, Chile) with professor Ximena Cabello (currently living in Rapa Nui and giving free piano lessons at the Rapa Nui Music and Arts School), studied at the Music Institute of Cleveland, USA, with Sergei Babayan and Dmitri Levkovich, and later with Fabio Bidini at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany)
She performed as soloist with diferent orchestras from Chile, USA and Germany. Her presentations include all continents except Africa. She performed for the last five Presidents of Chile, for National Congress and Chilean Embassies in Germany, USA, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea and China.
During her career she won several international piano contests in Chile, Spain, Germay and USA. Received several acknowledgments in Chile, including the APES Prize in 2008 and the mention of one of the 100 Leader Women of the Bicentennial, 2010. In February 2012, received the merit of Cultural Ambassador of Rapa Nui People, from the community of Pascua Island.
NGO TOKI RAPA NUI: www.tokirapanui.org
It is an Integral Development Centre in Rapa Nui, with the objective that children and youth can develop their talents in the Island, and to incorporate values and skills for their whole life, through Music. Their first big achievement is the Rapa Nui Music and Arts School, that offers free music lessons to 75 children, for ukulele, violoncello, fiddler, music theory, ancestral sing, hook, takona and Rapanui dance.
(Toki: tool used by the ancestors in Rapa Nui to build the Moai. Each person is a Toki, or social transformation tool)
The facilites of the Rapa Nui Music and Arts School (750 m2) are the first in Oceania that uses the “Biotecture” from “Earthship” system, from the architect Michael Reynolds. It mixes traditional materials with recycling materials like tires (1,500), thin cans (30,000), bottles (10,000) and cardboard (12 tons), it is ecological, self-sustainable and autonomous, having a vegetable gardens system, water tanks to gather water and recollection of rain through water filters, clean energy (solar panels). It is leaded by the Engineer and Musician Enrique Icka.
Toki gives an effective solution to energy problems using solar panels, lack of wáter using rain collectors, has its own drainage system with botanic cells and it’s uses residues to eliminate garbage. In October 2015, Toki wins the National Prize of Environment, given by (the newspaper) “El Mercurio”, the Catholic University and the Fundation Recyclapolis.
April 2016 (8-9), inauguration Rapa Nui Music and Arts School
Toki dream is to transform Rapa Nui in a model and benchmark for social, cultural and environmental rescue, at national and world level. It looks to preserve the ancestral history, traditions, alimentation, etc., through organic vegetal gardens.