Chamber Concerts: Verdi, Hovhaness, Schubert and Mozart

Luka Milanovic, violin
Hyu-Kyung Yung, violin
Mikahil Bugaev, viola
William Neres, violoncello
Israel Muniz, english horn
Clémence Boinot, harp
Sérgio Aluotto, percussion
Ara Harutyunyan, violin
Katarzyna Druzd, viola
Robson Fonseca, violoncello
Alexandre Barros, oboe
Marcus Julius Lander, clarinet
Catherine Carignan, bassoon
Alma Maria Liebrecht, french horn
Ayumi Shigeta, piano

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VERDI
HOVHANESS
SCHUBERT
MOZART
String Quartet in E minor
Koke no Niwa, Op. 181
String Trio in B-flat major, D. 471
Quintet for piano and wind in E-flat major, K. 452

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.

Alexandre began his musical training under the guidance of his father, Joaquim Inácio Barros. He continued his studies with Afrânio Lacerda, Gustavo Napoli, Charles Ernest Dias and Arcádio Minczuk. With the Woodwind Quintet of the Minas Gerais Federal University (UFMG), he won first prize at the V Chamber Music Contest in the same institution. With Trio Jovem de Palhetas, he received the Young Soloist award of São Paulo State Symphony (Osesp) and an honorable mention in Young Soloist of Santa Marcelina Faculty. He has also received the Eleazar de Carvalho Award. As soloist, Alexandre has performed with orchestras such as the Minas Gerais Symphony, UFMG Symphony, UFOP Symphony, Filarmônica Nova, Ribeirão Preto Symphony and Osesp. Alexandre was Principal Oboe at the Ribeirão Preto Symphony and is the Principal Oboe at Minas Gerais Philharmonic since 2008.

Catherine was born and raised in Quebec, Canada. She started her studies on the bassoon at the age of twelve. At fifteen, she entered in the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec and had lessons with Michel Bettez. In 2007, she obtained her BA in Music in the same institution under the guidance of Mathieu Harel from the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Catherine also studied with Nadina Mackie Jackson at Glenn Gould School of the Royal Academy of Music in Toronto, and perfected her skills in several masterclasses in Canada, the United States, Germany and Brazil. Catherine was the Second Bassoon of Victoria Symphony Orchestra for a year and, in 2008, she changed hemisphere to join the Minas Gerais Philharmonic as Principal Bassoon. She is a member of the Philharmonic’s Woodwind Quintet and co-founder of Grupo Harmona.

Alma’s relationship with music began in her home state of Maryland, United States. First with the violin when she was six years old, and then with the horn, by twelve, studying with Olivia Gutoff. She also studied with Jerome Ashby at the Curtis Institute of Music and, after that, with William Purvis at the Yale Music School, where she obtained her Master’s degree in 2008. Alma has performed in many renowned chamber music festivals such as Artes Vertentes (Brazil), Savannah Music Festival (USA) and Wien Modern (Austria). Also as chamber musician, she performed with colleagues from the Vienna Philharmonic and many others prominent ensembles, such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Wind Soloists and the Jupiter Chamber Players. She is one of the founders of Decoda, a chamber group dedicated to community engagement through music. Since 2013, Alma is Principal Horn of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic.

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