Beethoven’s “apotheosis of dance”

Marcos Arakaki, conductor
Alexandre Barros, oboe
Catherine Carignan, bassoon

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Concertino for oboe, bassoon and strings
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

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 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.

Programa de Concerto

5 Jul 2018
Thursday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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6 Jul 2018
Friday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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