Expeditions: Russia

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Philip Hansen, violoncello
Rodrigo M. Braga, violin
Ara Harutyunyan, violin
Katarzyna Druzd, viola
Robson Fonseca, violoncello

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String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: Romance and Scherzo
Andante cantabile
Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62
The Golden Cockerel: Suite
The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33: March and Scherzo

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.

Principal Cello of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since 2015, Philip’s commitment to diverse musical genres and to educative and community projects have earned him distinction as a performer. He was a USA Department of State Cultural Ambassador to Russia and a guest artist-in-residence at both the Beijing and Shanghai central conservatories, as well as a long-time faculty member of the Académie Internationale Musicale in Provence, France. Founder and Artistic Director of the Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music, Philip has a solo album of tango music, Bragatissimo, that has been broadcasted around the world, including the NPR-USA and CBC. He collaborated on and composed the theme music to Charlie the Cello, a children’s book and stage production by author Deborah Nicholson that he performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Before joining the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in 2013, Rodrigo was a member of the São Paulo Municipal Theater Orchestra. As concertmaster, he has performed with groups like Camerata Fukuda, Camerata Zajdenbaum, Promété, Ostinato and Académie Nice Festival Orchestra. In 2005, he got second place in Paulo Bosísio National Strings Contest and, in the following year, he won the Eleazar de Carvalho Award, both in Brazil. Also in 2006, Rodrigo won Prelúdio, a TV Cultura contest show, which earned him a scholarship in Germany. He graduated from Paris Conservatory in Suzanne Gessner’s class and from École Normale de Musique de Paris in Devy Erlih’s class. Rodrigo has also attended chamber music classes with Ysaÿe Quartet and participated in masterclasses with Patrice Fontanarosa, Stephan Picard, Roland Daugareil, Luc Héry and Maxim Vengerov.

Ara was born into a family of musicians in Yerevan, Armenia, where he started studying violin at the age of eight. Throughout his career, he performed as soloist and chamber musician in his country as well as in Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Lebanon, Syria and the United States. In 2013, he won the Jacoby Soloist Competition in the University of Wyoming and was named National Finalist in the MTNA Young Artist String Competition. As soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster of the University of Wyoming Symphony, he toured extensively in North America and taught violin in the institution’s String Project. Ara served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Cheyenne Symphony in the 2013 season and, in the following year, he started occupying the same position at the Minas Gerais Philharmonic.

A musician of great international experience, Katarzyna is a member of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since its first year. She has performed in many countries such as Austria, Ireland, China, Japan, Russia, Germany and Finland. She has been a member of several chamber groups and orchestras. Among them are the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic Symphony, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Zabrze Philharmonic and the Czestochowa Philharmonic Symphony. In Brazil, Katarzyna was part of the Taron Quartet and is now a member of the Horizonte Quartet. She began her musical studies at the age of seven in her hometown of Bytom, southern Poland, and graduated eighteen years later, in the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music. As a professional musician, she took part in masterclasses with renowned musicians like Avri Levitan and Doris Lederer, and appeared in contests and music festivals such as the Youth Orchestra Festival.

Born in São João del-Rei, Minas Gerais, Robson has performed in Brazil’s most important concert halls. In 2009, he graduated at the University of São Paulo (USP), where he received the I Olivier Toni Award. The following year, he studied under Matias de Oliveira Pinto in Germany. There, he obtained his certificate at the University of Münster in 2011, the same year he joined the Minas Gerais Philharmonic. From 2003 to 2009, he was Principal Cello of the Ribeirão Preto Symphony and teacher of the Music School of Sertãozinho. Robson has received a fellowship in Campos do Jordão Festival and has appeared in several others. With the Mercosur Youth Orchestra, he played at Sala São Paulo, Teatro Cólon in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay). He was a member of the Quarteto Mineiro de Cordas, winner of the Chamber Music Contest of the Minas Gerais Federal University (UFMG). Today, Robson plays in the Horizonte Quartet, Belo Horizonte Trio and Villa-Lobos Trio.

Programa de Concerto

26 May 2018
Saturday, 6:00 pm

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