Freire delves into Brazilian music

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Nelson Freire, piano

|    Allegro

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Il Guarany: Overture
Noches en los jardines de España [Nights in the Gardens of Spain]
Choros nº 6

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.

One of the greatest Brazilian pianists of all time, acclaimed all over the world, Nelson Freire was born in the small city of Boa Esperança, Minas Gerais, and, at the age of five, moved to Rio de Janeiro with his family to develop his prodigal talent for music. At 12, he was finalist of the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition, winning a scholarship to study in Vienna. At 19, Freire won first prize at the International Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon. His major debut was at 23, in London. Following this performance, The New York Times called him a “young lion at the piano”. A year later, Freire performed for the first time with the New York Philharmonic, earning big appraisal from Time magazine: “one of the best pianists of this and any other generation”. In his 50-year career, Freire played in more than 70 countries and became a global star, releasing dozens of universally acclaimed recordings and performing with world’s greatest ensembles.

Programa de Concerto

4 Oct 2018
Thursday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall

5 Oct 2018
Friday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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