Marcos Arakaki is the Associate Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic, having collaborated with the Orchestra since the 2011 season.
Mr. Arakaki has conducted orchestras in Brazil and abroad, such as São Paulo State Symphony, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the symphonies of Minas Gerais, Paraná, Paraíba, Campinas and of the University of São Paulo; Petrobras Symphony, the Orchestra of Teatro Nacional Claudio, Experimental Repertory Orchestra, Camerata Fukuda, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Kharkov Philharmonic in Ukraine and Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic in Czech Republic.
In his artistic career he has received numerous awards. Winner of the 1st Eleazar de Carvalho Competition for Young Conductors, sponsored by the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra (2001) and of the 1st Camargo Guarnieri Award at Campos do Jordão International Festival (2009), He was also a finalist in the 1st Latin American Orchestral Conducting Competition Osesp (2005) and a semifinalist in the 3rd International Competition Eduardo Mata, held in Mexico City (2007).
In 2005 he was the Principal Conductor of the Ribeirão Preto Symphony Orchestra. Between 2007 and 2010, he worked as chief conductor of the Paraíba Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. As Principal Conductor, Mr. Arakaki promoted the restructuring of the Brazilian Symphony Youth Orchestra between the years 2008 and 2010, having received great recognition from the critics and the public in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
In 2010, Mr. Araraki participated in the recording of the soundtrack of the film Nosso Lar, composed by Philip Glass, along with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated in the world première of more than 40 works for orchestra. In parallel, he has been working as a pedagogical coordinator, teacher and lecturer in several cultural projects and important institutions, such as Música na Estrada and Casa do Saber in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in the federal universities of Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte.
Marcos Arakaki holds a bachelor’s degree in music from São Paulo State University (Unesp, 1998), having earned his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts in 2004, supported by Vitae Foundation. He has also participated in masterclasses with renowned conductors like Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Alan Hazendine, Kirk Trevor, Dante Anzolini, John Neschling, Roberto Minczuk, Roberto Tibiriçá, Nelson Nirenberg and Lanfranco Marcelletti. In 2005, he participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, having classes with David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, USA.
Since 2013, Mr. Arakaki has also been a Conducting Professor at the Federal University of Paraíba and Principal conductor of Symphony Orchestra at the same institution.