Expeditions: Germany

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Alexandre Silva, clarinet
Roberto Papi, viola
Ayumi Shigeta, piano

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SCHUMANN
R. STRAUSS
MENDELSSOHN
BEETHOVEN
Märchenbilder [Fairy Tales], Op. 132
Suite in B-flat major, Op. 4
Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107, “Reformation”
Egmont: Overture

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.

Alexandre began his music studies at the Euterpina Juvenil Nazarena Music Society in his hometown, Nazaré da Mata, Northeast region of Brazil. He holds a Master’s degree in Musical Performance from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Conservatory of Italian Switzerland), under François Benda. Alexandre also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), under Mauricio Loureiro. With the Orchestra of the Conservatory, he performed as soloist in the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Bernhard Crusell and the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Ludwig Spohr. About this last composition, he was the first musician to play it in Brazil, as a winner of the UFMG Young Soloists contest. Alexandre was also member of contemporary music ensemble 900 and, in 2010, studied as a fellow of both Williamson Foundation for Music and Familien-Vontobel-Stiftung. He is a musician of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since 2011.

Before joining the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in 2012, Papi used to live in Miami, where he was a member of the New World Symphony. With great experience in festival performances both in Italy and in the USA, he has appeared in the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. An active chamber musician, he has performed with James Dunham, Roberto Díaz, Norman Fischer, Christopher Rex, Jeffrey Khaner and others. Before choosing the viola, Roberto studied violin under Fabrizio Ammetto in Spoleto, Italy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Vanderbilt University, under Kathryn Plummer, and his Master in Music from Rice University, with James Dunham.

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

20 Oct 2018
Saturday, 6:00 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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