Expeditions: France

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Daniel Leal, trumpet
Alma Maria Liebrecht, french horn
Diego Ribeiro, trombone

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Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone
Petite Symphonie [Little Symphony for Wind Instruments]
La boîte à joujoux [The Toybox]
Gymnopédies Nos. 3 and 1

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.

Daniel was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he began his studies at Villa-Lobos Music School. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Minas Gerais State University (UEMG). At 18, he joined the Minas Gerais Philharmonic and after five seasons, he was promoted to Assistant Principal Trumpet. Before that, he was Principal Trumpet in the Heliópolis Symphony and in the Brazilian Youth Symphony Orchestra. In chamber music, Daniel performed at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro and other important stages. He was a member of BH Brass and played in many festivals all over Brazil, including Santa Catarina International Festival. In other occasions, Daniel also joined festivals such as the Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden (Germany) and Campos do Jordão Festival.

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.

Diego was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he began studying music at the age of nine in the church that he attended, with Robson Britto. He continued his training with vocational classes at Faetec Quintino, also in Rio. Since then, he performed as Principal Trombone in the Brazilian Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Marcos Arakaki, and in the Barra Mansa Symphony. In 2013, he joined the Music Academy of São Paulo State Symphony (Osesp), under the supervision of Wagner Polistchuk. Before joining the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in 2015, Diego was a member of the Theatro Municipal Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro. The musician has performed in festivals such as Projeto Bone Brasil and Campos do Jordão. Diego also participated in masterclasses with Jörgen van Rijen, Brandt Attema, Zachary Bond and others.

Programa de Concerto

14 Apr 2018
Saturday, 6:00 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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