Reinhard Fuchs, born in 1974, first studied accordion at the Bruckner-Conservatory Linz (1991-1995). After that he completed his studies in composition with Michael Jarrell (1995 - 2002) at the University of Music in Vienna. 1997/98, Fuchs attended studies at the University of Miami in Florida. Courses with B. Ferneyhoug h, M. Stroppa, M. Lindberg, K. Huber were further important stimuli for his work.
Next to commissions of renowned ensembles and organizers, Reinhard Fuchs can also refer to numerous international prices and distinctions (1st prize at the 7th international composition competition Salzburg, the 2nd prize at "stasis et vita" / Germany, the special prize of the Foundation Royaumont / FRA, 2001 the Anton-Bruckner- Prize, 2003 austrian grant for composers).
In 1997, he founded together with colleges the composers group GEGENKLANG.
His works were performed by ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, RSO Wien, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Basel Sinfonietta, Les Percussion de Strasbourg, Arditti Quartet, Wiener Klaviertrio, Trio Amos,… & by conductors such as Johannes Kalitzke, Matthias Pintscher, Beat Furrer, Sebastian Gottschick, Fabrice Bollon, Annu Tali, Susanna Mälkki… at Festivals such as Wien Modern, Salzburger Festspiele, Musiktage Donaueschingen, Musikprotokoll at Steirischer Herbst, Hörgänge, Konzerthaus Berlin, Contemporary Music Festival Alicante, Soundings London, Warehouse London, Festival Latinoamericano de Musica (Caracas / Venezuela), New Music Festival Sound Ways (St. Petersburg / Russia), Venezuela Festival Internacional „a tempo“ (Caracas / Venezuela). Since 2008, Reinhard Fuchs is artistic director and general manager of PHACE (www.phace.at). In 2014, Reinhard Fuchs receives the Erste-Bank-Composition-Prize.
Brazilian composer and teacher at the Music Department at the State University of Campinas - UNICAMP.
Bachelor in Composition at the Communication and Arts School - ECA at the University of São Paulo. From 1979 to 1984 she continued her studies at the "Nordwestdeuche Muikakademie Detmold" and "Hochschule für Musik Munchen" both in Germany. Master of Arts by the State University of Campinas and Philosophy Doctor in Communication and Semiotics by the Catholic University of São Paulo - PUC-SP.
Her piano teachers were Menininha Lobo, Caio Pagano, Werner Genuit and Gottfried Hefele and her composition masters were Willy Corrêa de Oliveira, Giselher Klebe and Wilhelm Killmayer.
During the time of studies in Germany she had her compositions played in several concerts at the Music Academy and also at the Youth Composers Concerts at Darmatdt Musiktage in 1982. Between 1984 and 1991 she has dedicated herself to interdisciplinary researches at the Center of theatrical researches LUME/UNICAMP, composing music for theater and dance. Her works of this period were presented in several Theater Festivals in Brazil and abroad.
Her researches with environmental sounds recording began in 1989 and from that period to 2000 she has mostly composed in the field of electroacoustical music. In 1997 she has made a stage for her PhD at the INA-GRM Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris, under the supervision of Daniel Teruggi. Her electroacoustical works have been played broadly in Brazil and at International Festivals (FUTURA, France in 1994 and 1998; Freiburg in 1997; Montreal in 1998; México City in 1999; Berlin in 2000; Brussels in 2001).
Since 2006 she has composed mostly for symphonic groups and has been performed by Symphonic Orchestras in São Paulo, Campinas, Santo André and others.
Docent at the State University of Campinas since 1985, she teaches composition and harmony in the Undergraduated Studies and is Academic Supervisor of Graduated Studies in Music.
Artistic Director of the Mozart Collegium Vienna and Music Director of the concert series Schwingungen in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, originates from a well-known Viennese family of musicians.
Christian Schulz started his career as a cellist and performed as a chamber musician and soloist and recently was engaged with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Together with musicians from the Vienna Symphony he found the Ambassade Orchestra Vienna and leads this orchestra as their Chief Conductor. He was Music Assistant of F. Welser Möst, Vladimir Fedosejev and Yakov Kreizberg. The list of orchestras directed by him has meanwhile grown considerably, ranging from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkuenstler Orchestra NÖ, the George Enescu Philharmonic Bucarest, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Orchestra Halle, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra up to chamber orchestras like the Austro-Hungarien Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra and the Konzert Verein Wien.
Since 2001 he conducted every year concerts as well as opera productions at the Bregenz Festival.
Highlight of opera engagements were the Magic Flute Premiere at the Vienna Volksoper 2007/2008, Don Carlos at the Arad New Opera Productions and the Little Vixen, Protagonist and Royal Palace in 2003, 2004 and 2008 at the Bregenz Festival.
He was Principal Conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Arad and since 2005 he is Chief Conductor of the Mozart Collegium Vienna.
Some of his CD productions were price winning in Canada, USA and Europe.
In 2006 he started to work as Music Director of the concert series Schwingungen in the Golden Hall of the famous Wiener Musikverein. Since 2010 he works as the Music and Artistic Director of the OKF Teheran music education program.
Since 2013 Chief Conductor of the orchestra WIENER MEISTER, members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2014 CEO of the Vienna Symphony Limited SYMPHONIA.
President of the record label VIENNA SYMPHONY.
Vice President of the ANTON BRUCKNER society of the Vienna Symphony. Since 2016 Music Director and Chief Conductor of the EntArte Opera Festival in Vienna.
Professor for Conducting and Opera at the Richard Wagner Conservatory in Vienna.
Since 2017 Music Director of the Vienna Summer Music Festival.
Silvio Ferraz, (b. 1959, S. Paulo), studied composition at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) with Gilberto Mendes and Willy Corrêa de Oliveira. He completed his studies at Royaumont Foundation, France, with Brian Ferneyhough and James Dillon, and at the Ircam's "Académie d'Été", with Gerard Grisey and Jonathan Harvey.
His works have been performed in Brazil and Europe, and recorded on cd by Grupo Novo Horizonte, Camerata Aberta, Smith Quartet and Ensemble Lami.
Doctor in Semiotic by Pontificial Catholic University of S. Paulo (PUCSP) with a thesis about difference and repetition in music.
Currently, Mr. Ferraz is professor of composition at the Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp) and researcher of Fapesp (Fundação de Amparo a Ciência de S. Paulo) and CNPQ, focusing his studies on the relation between composition and computer compositional environments and use of instrumental extended techniques in new compositions.
Director of the International Winter Festival of Campos do Jordão for the bienum 2009-2010.
First artistic director of the Brazilian Ensemble Camerata Aberta.
Dr. Carlos Fernando Fiorini joined the University of Campinas in 1998. He was the Director of the UNICAMP Symphony Orchestra until 2015, when he founded the Orquestra do Departamento de Música da UNICAMP. From 2005 - 2008, Dr. Fiorini was the director of the Campinas Municipal Symphony Orchestra and also worked as Assistant Director of the Symphony Orchestras of the Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Sorocaba, and Bragança Paulista.
In 2000 and 2001 he worked as Conductor and Music Director of the Festival “Aldo Baldin” on Florianópolis, and in opera productions by the Companhia Ópera São Paulo.
Dr. Fiorini worked with the Orquestra Sinfônica de Americana, Filarmônica de Rio Claro, and the Sinfônica Nacional de Cuba as a guest conductor. His choir conducting experience includes working with several groups such as the Coro do CPqD, Coro UNIMED-Campinas, Coro Net-Campinas, Coro do Instituto Agronômico de Campinas, Coral Harmonia (Holambra), and Coral Campinas, where he stayed as Artistic Director for ten years. Since 2005, he is the Coordinator, Artistic Director, and Conductor of the Choir of the Music Department of the University of Campinas (Coro do Departamento de Música da UNICAMP). In 1996, Dr. Fiorini created the Camerata Anima Antiqua, a group dedicated to Renaissance Music, from which he is still the Artistic Director. As of 2009, Dr. Fiorini established at the Arts Institute at the University of Campinas (Instituto de Artes da UNICAMP), a Research Centre dedicated to choir conducting, denominated Regência – Arte e Técnica. Members of the group include the Orquestra do Departamento de Música da UNICAMP, the Coro do Departamento de Música and the Camerata Anima Antiqua.
Principal conductor and artistic director of the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra (OSU) since 2012, Cinthia Alireti is a sought after conductor and researcher in her native Brazil and abroad. Current large performance projects include the direction of G. Donizetti's opera L'Elisir d'amore (2016), the premiere of the multi-modal opera Descobertas (2016), by J. Manzolli, and the 2017 performances of W. A. Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.
A versatile artist, Ms. Alireti extensively contributes to the diffusion of newly written compositions and also classics from the 20th century literature, such as Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. In 2017, she created the OSU Contemporary Music Meeting, which combines new music concerts with educational presentations and live interviews. Parallel to that, her commitment to performance practice led to collaborations with some of the finest authorities of the early music world, such as Stanley Ritchie, Paul Elliott, Eva Legêne, Barry Baughess, Paige Whitley-Bauguess, and Elisabeth Wright, with whom she studied harpsichord at Indiana University. In 2008, she was the conductor of Alessandro Scarlatti's opera Tigrane, during the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF).
Mr. Alireti is the founder and director of the Forum Orchestral Management and Social Compromise, organized annually by the research Center of Integration, Documentation, and Cultural Diffusion (CIDDIC) at the State University of Campinas, which is oriented to the exchange of organizational and research information among leading personalities of the orchestral field. As musicologist, her critical editions of Agostino Steffani's operas have been recently employed during the Festival della Valle d'Itria, in Martina Franca (Italy), for public performances, CD recordings, and the radio RAI broadcasts.
She collaborated with important artists and studied with leading conductors, including, Mark Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Mr. John Poole, Roberto Paternostro, Rodolfo Fischer, Juan Pablo Isquierdo, John Nelson, Carmen Tellez, John Harrington, Imre Palló, Thomas Baldner, Ney Rosauro, Sonia Rubinsky, Martha Herr, Sherezade Panthaki, Daniel Bubeck. She also collaborated with personalities of the Brazilian popular music scene, such as Alegre Correa, Frejat, Jota Quest, and Blitz.
Her academic studies include degrees in Music Composition (B.M. - University of São Paulo, USP / Brazil), Marketing and Publicity (B.A. - FAAP/Brazil), Conducting (M.M and D.M at Indiana University / USA), and Musicology (French-German Master - Université de Paris IV–Sorbonne and Universität des Saarlandes / France-Germany).
Dr. Alireti is the creator and coordinator of the project Identity, Music and Architecture in collaboration with the Institute of the Architectures of Brazil (IAB - Campinas), a social and cultural action that brings together music and urban stories in the historic buildings of the city of Campinas, with the intention of creating a stronger connection of the people to their city and culture.
major Brazilian orchestras have performed his orchestral compositions. Most recently, he presented his orchestral works in the special concerts for the commemoration of the: 66th anniversary of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra; 40th anniversary of the OSUSP Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo; 65th anniversary of the CAPES/ Brazilian Ministry of Education, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra in Brasília OSTNCS.
Mr. Calderoni has won the First Prize – Best International Concert of 2015 – elected by the public and jury of Folha de São Paulo, the major newspaper of Brazil. In this concert, he conducted the Campinas Symphony Orchestra and premiered his Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra. This spectacle was supported by the Embassy of Israel, UNESCO and Brazil Productions. The second and third winners were the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Mr. Calderoni has received many awards, including the International Prize USA/EU for Excellence in Composition from the National Academy of Music (USA). The America Economia considers him one of the top talents in classical music from Latin America, alongside with Gustavo Dudamel.
His mission at Brazil Productions is to offer high art to the average person and to promote humanitarian causes. For this reason, Brazilian artists are chosen to perform abroad and international ones to perform in Brazil. In Brazil, he represents renowned conductors, instrumentalists, opera singers, as well as ballet and opera companies.
Through Brazil Productions, he has brought to Brazil the Chorus Oratorio Society of New York - Grammy Winner for the Concert of the Century – along with the acclaimed conductors Kent Tritle and David Rosenmeyer, featuring Mozart, Copland and the premieres of his compositions for Chorus, Four Soloists and Orchestra; and his Double Concerto for Guitar, Clarinet and Orchestra.
Mr. Calderoni has been the curator of CCJ Culture Center of São Paulo, and promoted it´s seasons of classical music, with orchestras and soloists; and the seasons of Jazz concerts, featuring homages to the greatest jazz players of all times. He brought to Brazil, through Brazil Productions, for the first time, in 2013, the Jazz Legend Cedar Walton, who recorded several CDs along with Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
Degrees and Studies
In the U.S.A.
Master in Music Theory and Composition – New York University
Postgraduate studies in Conducting – Juilliard School
Conducting studies with: Otto-Werner Mueller, George Stelluto and Roberto Tibiriça.
B.M. in Conducting – Santa Marcelina;
B.M. in Composition – Santa Marcelina;
B.M. in Classical Guitar – Santa Marcelina.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration - Mackenzie.
Born in São Paulo in 1962, Flo Menezes studied at the University of São Paulo (USP) between 1980 and 1985, latterly contributing as assistant to the Composition Course of Prof. Willy Corrêa de Oliveira. In the 80ties Flo Menezes was also very active as a pianist and conductor. On 13 April 1984 he conducted the first public performance of the Konzert Op 24 by Anton Webern in Brazil. In 1987 his first book Apoteose de Schönberg, written between 1984 and 1985, was published in São Paulo.
In 1986 he received from Germany a DAAD grant to study with Hans Humpert at the Studio für elektronische Musik of the Musikhochschule Cologne, acting there as a composer between 1986 and 1990, receiving his Diploma in 1989. In 1991 he was based at the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale (CSC) in Padova, Italy, to study computer music, also attending courses in France with Pierre Boulez (in 1988), in Austria with Luciano Berio (1989), in France with Brian Ferneyhough (in 1995) and in Germany with Karlheinz Stockhausen (in 1998). This relationship with Berio has led to a number of research and compositional projects: a Doctorate conducted in Liège under the supervision of Henri Pousseur, a post-doctorate study on Berio's manuscripts at the Paul Sacher Stiftung in Switzerland, an analysis of Visage by Berio, which was granted an award in 1990 at the 1st International Musicology Competition, Italy, an international selection from UNESCO in 1991, in Paris, of the electronic work Contextures I (Hommage à Berio) (1988-89), and the publication in Europe of two books about the music of Berio.
In May 2011, at the age of 49, Flo Menezes received the highest academic degree: Professor Titular at the State University of São Paulo (Unesp).
In 1993, he was also granted with a composition-prize at the TRIMALCA (International Rostrum of Composers in Radio Corporations of Latin America - Argentina) for his electroacoustic piece Profils écartelés (1988) for piano and tape; in 1995, with the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, for his composition Parcours de l'Entité (1994) for flutes, percussion and tape; in 1996 with the First Prize at the Luigi Russolo International Electroacoustic Music Contest in Italy for A Viagem sobre os Grãos (1993; 1996), for 2 percussion players and tape, which first performance occured at the Carnegie Hall in New York in April of the same year; in 2002 with the Prêmio Cultural Sergio Motta for Colores (Phila: In Praesentia) (2000); in 2003 with Bolsa Vitae de Artes for labORAtorio (1991; 2005; 2003); in 2007, he was awarded the Giga-Hertz-Preis (with Pierre Boulez, Wolfgang Rihm, Horacio Vaggione and others in the Jury) for La Novità del Suono (2006), written for the EOC of Lyon for chamber orchestra and live-electronics.
His works have been performed by many distinguished ensembles worldwide: Ensemble Recherche (Freiburg), Ictus (Brussels), New Century Players (Los Angeles), Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (Lyon), SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Arditti String Quartett, Contrechamps (Switzerland), Contemporary Chamber Players (Stony Brook, NY), Plural Ensemble (Madrid), Sond'Ar-Te Electric Ensemble (Lisbon), London Sinfonietta, PIAP (São Paulo), Collegium Novum Zürich (Switzerland), Les Percussions de Strassbourg (France), NYNME (New York New Music Ensemble) etc.
In July 1994, he founded the Studio PANaroma de Música Eletroacústica da Unesp, from which he is the Artistic Director, one of the most important studios for electroacoustic music in America and the first one in Brazil to participate on the Forum-IRCAM.
In 1995 Menezes created the CIMESP (International Electroacoustic Music Competition of São Paulo), the first of this genre in Brazil, and in 1996 the BIMESP (International Biennial for Electroacoustic Music of São Paulo). In 1997 he was invited by the GRM and selected as composer in residence at IRCAM, both in Paris, also making his Livre-Docência (degree after the Doctorate) about the Actual Aesthetics of Electroacoustic Music, published in 1999 in São Paulo.
In 1999 and 2001 Stockhausen invites him to become Professor of Analysis of the Stockhausen's works at the Stockhausen-Kurse Kürten, Germany. In 2004-05 he becomes Visiting Professor at the University of Cologne, Germany.
In July 2002, Flo Menezes is responsible for the foundation of the very first loudspeaker orchestra in Brazil: the PUTS. He is currently Professor of Electroacoustic Music and Composition and Director of Studio PANaroma at the State University of São Paulo (Unesp).
Nicholas Johnson is a historical musicologist and specialist in music of the 16th and 17th centuries and 21st-century popular music. As a Fulbright and Mellon scholar, Dr. Johnson’s research has centered on intersections between music and the history of science, critical philosophy, and American rock music revivals. He has presented research at international conferences and several times at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. He has several publications on Renaissance music and the philosophy of music.
Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Musicology at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on music history through the 18th century, research and archival methods, rock music, and postmodern philosophy. He is also the Musicology Director of the Vienna Summer Music Festival.
Born in Vitória, Hercules began his musical studies at the age of 13, at the time being self-taught. Shortly afterwards, he was already playing in local bands.
He studied at the Music School of Espírito Santo state (former EMES) and later joined the popular music course at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, where he got an undergraduate certificate. There, he studied with professors Paulo Braga, Hilton Valente (Gogô) and Sílvio Baroni.
He took part in some of the most important music festivals in Brazil and abroad such as XV CCPA Jazz Festival in Asuncion (Paraguay), the 25th International Jazz Plaza Festival in Havana (Cuba), Brazil Instrumental Festival in Tatuí (Sao Paulo state) and the Cascavel Jazz Festival in Cascavel (Parana state).
He was awarded in Fampop Festival (Avaré), Americanta Festival (Americana) as well as in the piano contest Guiomar Novaes. In April 2012, he won the 11th prize Nabor Pires de Camargo sponsored by Fundação Pró-Memória of Indaiatuba in honor of this important composer born in that city.
He has been playing with well-known musicians such as Letieres Leite, Arismar do Espirito Santo, Vinicius Dorin, Sizão Machado, Alessandro Penezzi, Wilson das Neves, Bruna Caram among others.
In 2013, Hercules released his first solo album in which he reveals his strong influences of Brazilian rhythms, jazz and classical music along with a refined technique, showing through the piano his musical universe. With six own compositions as well as six renditions of tunes by other composers such as Edu Lobo, Hermeto Pascoal and Ernesto Nazareth, the album Pianismo brings a great panorama of some of the rhythm and melody of the brazilian piano.
Fernando Hashimoto is Associate Professor of percussion at University of Campinas/UNICAMP in Brazil, where he has been developing research about Brazilian percussion repertoire. He is currently Vice Rector for Outreach and Culture of UNICAMP and head of the research group of CNPq/UNICAMP: Percussão Brasileira. Fernando served for sixteen years as Principal Timpanist of Campinas Symphony Orchestra.
Hashimoto earned his Doctoral degree in performance/percussion at The City University of New York under a Fulbright/CAPES scholarship, and obtained his Master and Bachelor degrees in music at University of Campinas. As recitalist and soloist Fernando has been performing in several orchestras overseas and has been giving masterclasses in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguai, Croatia, Sweden, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, England, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Peru, Slovenia, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the United States where he had performed in 27 different states. After his debut in New York the critics considered his recital an “unforgettable and astonishing performance”.
As chamber musician Hashimoto has performed with the American soprano Monica Harte, as well as the duo Nuance, and with contemporary ensembles such as CONtempo and gccontemporaryensemble based in New York, and Valerius Ensemble in Amsterdam. Recognized as a specialist in the Brazilian percusion repertoire, Fernando premiered more than 50 works from Brazilian composers, including many works commissioned or dedicated to him. Fernando is recipient of the 2007 Percussive Arts Society Outstanding Service Award, in recognition of his service and dedication to the percussive community. His recordings feature the CDs: Brazilian Concertos for Percussion, and Configurations for Contemporary Percussion. Fernando Hashimoto is endorser artist of Zildjian (USA), Adams (Netherlands) and Schagerl Drums (Austria).