Beginning a new decade

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Cristian Budu, piano
Leonardo Hilsdorf, piano

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O Garatuja: Prelude
Concerto for two pianos in D minor
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Fabio Mechetti, conductor

Born in São Paulo, Fabio Mechetti is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since its creation in 2008. Recently, he became the first Brazilian invited to lead an Asian orchestra, being appointed Principal Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic. In the United States, Mechetti was Resident Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony, and is now Conductor Emeritus of the Spokane Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony, after leading them for many seasons with great success. In Washington, he served as Associate Conductor for Mstislav Rostropovich in the National Symphony. With a solid career both in the USA and Brazil, Mechetti has already performed in Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Sweden, and Italy. He is also a winner of the Malko Competition and holds Master’s degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music.

Cristian Budu is considered one of the greatest Brazilian pianists of his generation. Gifted with genuine musicality and talent for communicating, he is recognized internationally for his artistic spirit and delicate piano playing. Since the age of nine, Budu has won first prize in many competitions in Brazil, mainly the Nelson Freire Contest (2010). In 2013, he became the first Brazilian to win the Clara Haskil Piano Competition in Switzerland, an achievement regarded by many critics as the most important received by a Brazilian musician in the last two decades. As a soloist and in chamber music, Budu has performed in South America, Europe, United States and Israel, and with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Petrobras Symphony and Sergipe Symphony.

Programa de Concerto

22 Feb 2018
Thursday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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23 Feb 2018
Friday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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