Expeditions: Germany

Marcos Arakaki, conductor
Alexandre Silva, clarinet
Roberto Papi, viola
Ayumi Shigeta, piano

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Märchenbilder [Fairy Tales], Op. 132
Suite in B-flat major, Op. 4
Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, “Reformation”
Egmont: 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.

Alexandre began his music studies at the Euterpina Juvenil Nazarena Music Society in his hometown, Nazaré da Mata, Northeast region of Brazil. He holds a Master’s degree in Musical Performance from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Conservatory of Italian Switzerland), under François Benda. Alexandre also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), under Mauricio Loureiro. With the Orchestra of the Conservatory, he performed as soloist in the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Bernhard Crusell and the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Ludwig Spohr. About this last composition, he was the first musician to play it in Brazil, as a winner of the UFMG Young Soloists contest. Alexandre was also member of contemporary music ensemble 900 and, in 2010, studied as a fellow of both Williamson Foundation for Music and Familien-Vontobel-Stiftung. He is a musician of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since 2011.

Before joining the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in 2012, Papi used to live in Miami, where he was a member of the New World Symphony. With great experience in festival performances both in Italy and in the USA, he has appeared in the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. An active chamber musician, he has performed with James Dunham, Roberto Díaz, Norman Fischer, Christopher Rex, Jeffrey Khaner and others. Before choosing the viola, Roberto studied violin under Fabrizio Ammetto in Spoleto, Italy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Vanderbilt University, under Kathryn Plummer, and his Master in Music from Rice University, with James Dunham.

Ayumi has been awarded in several Brazilian competitions focused in chamber music and has performed as soloist with the São Paulo Philharmonic, Cultura Radio and Television Orchestra and the São Paulo State Symphony (Osesp), where she also appears frequently as guest keyboardist. She has participated in festivals, masterclasses and had lessons with teachers and pianists such as Paul Rutman, Paul Badura-Skoda and Gilberto Tinetti. Born in Hyogo-ken, Japan, Ayumi moved to Brazil in 1977. At fifteen, she performed her first solo recital at Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Masp), playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Most of her musical education took place at São Paulo Music School and at Magda Tagliaferro Foundation, where she works as a piano teacher since 2000. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Mozarteum College and a Master’s degree from the University of Campinas, under Eduardo Garcia and Mauricy Martin. Ayumi also has a degree in Harpsichord under Ilton Wjuniski at Magda Tagliaferro Foundation, with a fellowship from the Vitae Foundation. She is the Keyboards Principal at Minas Gerais Philharmonic since 2010.

Programa de Concerto

20 Oct 2018
Saturday, 6:00 pm

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