The wonders of Chopin’s piano

Marcos Arakaki, conductor
Ricardo Castro, piano

|    Allegro 2018

|    Vivace 2018

BERLIOZ
CHOPIN
PROKOFIEV
Roman Carnival Overture
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat minor, Op. 100

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.

Ricardo Castro is a pianist, conductor, professor and cultural manager. He was the first Latin American to win first prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition. He also got the first prize in the ARD in Munich, the Rahn Competition in Zurich and the Pembaur in Bern. As soloist, he performed with the BBC London Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Mozarteum of Salzburg, among others. Castro is founder and Artistic Director of Neojiba (State Centres of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Bahia), a pioneering social program in Brazil. In 2013, he was the first Brazilian to receive the Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society. Besides his artistic and educational work with Neojiba, Castro teaches piano at the Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg in Switzerland. The pianist has recorded five albums dedicated to the music of Chopin, and others featuring compositions by Mozart, Falla and Liszt.

Programa de Concerto

1 Mar 2018
Thursday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall

2 Mar 2018
Friday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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