Expeditions: Brazil

Marcos Arakaki, conductor
Cássia Lima, flute
Catherine Carignan, bassoon

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Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
Maria Tudor: Overture
Episódio Sinfônico [Symphonic Episode]

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.

Cássia holds a bachelor’s degree in Flute from the São Paulo State University (Unesp), a Master’s degree, and an Artist Diploma from the Mannes College of Music in New York. In her formation years, she studied with João Dias Carrasqueira, Grace Busch, Jean-Nöel Saghaard, Marcos Kiehl e Keith Underwood. She has appeared in major festivals in Brazil and won many competitions, such as the Young Flutist National Contest, Young Soloist of Orquestra Experimental de Repertório (both in Brazil), Mannes Concerto Competition and Gregory Award (both in the USA). In chamber music, Cássia is a seasoned musician. She currently is a member of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and some other groups in Belo Horizonte. Once a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, the flutist performed with renowned conductors such as James Levine, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. In Minneapolis, she has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Back in Brazil, Cássia was Principal Flute and soloist of the São Paulo State Symohony (Osesp), same position that she holds since 2009 in the Minas Gerais Philharmonic.

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

17 Nov 2018
Saturday, 6:00 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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