Expeditions: Eastern Europe

Marcos Arakaki, conductor
Rodrigo Bustamante, violin
Joanna Bello, violin
Gerry Varona, viola
Camilla Ribeiro, violoncello

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Five Pieces for String Quartet
Lithuanian Rhapsody, Op. 11
In Nature’s Realm, Op. 91
The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19: Suite
The Bartered Bride: Overture

Marcos Arakaki, conductor

Marcos Arakaki is the Associate Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic. He has also led other important orchestras in Brazil, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Czech Republic and Ukraine. Pinchas Zukerman, Gabriela Montero, Sergio Tiempo, Anna Vinnitskaya and Sofya Gulyak are among the renowned artists he has played with. In 2001, Arakaki won the Eleazar de Carvalho Competition for Young Conductors and, in 2009, the Camargo Guarnieri Prize, both in Brazil. He has served as the Principal Conductor in the Paraíba Symphony Orchestra and Brazilian Symphony Youth Orchestra. Leading the Brazilian Symphony, he recorded the soundtrack for the movie Our Home, composed by Philip Glass. Born in São Paulo, Arakaki holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin from the São Paulo State University (Unesp) and a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts. Over the last ten years, he gave major contributions to the development of new audiences for symphonic music in Brazil, participating in orchestral tours to more than 70 cities in the whole country.

Before joining the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in 2012, Rodrigo was concertmaster of the Theatro São Pedro Chamber Orchestra between 2005 and 2010, group on which he performed as soloist too. He has also worked with Porto Alegre Symphony, New Symphony Eastman, Eastman Virtuosi and the Ulbra Chamber Orchestra, among others. Rodrigo is an intensively active chamber musician, having performed alongside the Offenburger Streichtrio, the Canadian violinist Guillaume Tardif, and Libertas and Guignard string quartets. He has received an Açorianos Award for Best Chamber Group and was nominated Best Instrumentalist for his performance in the album Kinematic, by Musitrio. Rodrigo graduated at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, where he was Violin professor for a few semesters. He obtained his Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, in the class of Ilya Kaler and Mitchell Stern.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Joanna began her violin studies in El Sistema, and soon after, she received a scholarship to the Emil Friedman School. In 2002, she finished her Master’s degree in Performance and another one in Chamber Music at the University of Michigan, United States, with Stephen Shipps. That same year, Joanna joined the Chamber Orchestra of Chile and started as Violin professor at the Universidad Mayor. While living in Chile, she also founded the chamber group Ensemble Nuevo Mundo and played in the country’s main concert halls. In Brazil, Joanna was concertmaster of Camerata Antiqua until 2015, a post that she left to join the Minas Gerais Philharmonic. She also is currently a member of the Guignard Quartet.

Gerry was born in the Philippines and joined the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in 2012. He is very fond of chamber music and likes to perform contemporary compositors. He previously served as Principal Viola of the IU Philharmonic and as Assistant Principal at Evansville Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony and Owensboro Symphony. The violist won first place in the Philippines’ National Music Competition and in some other important competitions in the United States. During his Master’s degree at the Indiana University, he won the prestigious Barbara and David Jacobs scholarship. Throughout the years, Gerry has studied with some of the world’s most renowned violists, including Jerzy Kosmala, Atar Arad and Matthew Daline. As soloist, he has performed with the IU Chamber, the LSU Symphony, the Musicoop and the Peace Philharmonic Philippines.

Camilla is cellist of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since 2011. Previously, she was a member of the São Paulo State Youth Symphony, Santo André Symphony and Orquestra Experimental de Repertório. She also performed with the São Paulo State Symphony (Osesp) as guest musician. Camilla has appeared in many Brazilian festivals, including the Campos do Jordão, Santa Catarina Music Festival and Rio International Cello Encounter. In chamber music, she studied at Serioso Project, headed by Richard Young , member of the Vermeer Quartet, and played with many other ensembles. She is currently part of the Guignard Quartet. Born in Belém, Brazil, Camilla began to devote herself to the cello at the age of nine in the Carlos Gomes Conservatory. In 2005, she got the first place in the Paulo Bosísio String Competition.

Programa de Concerto

23 Jun 2018
Saturday, 6:00 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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