Flutist Sarah Hornsby holds a Bachelor in Music from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music in addition to a diploma in Historic Performance Practice from the Frankfurt Hochschule. An active proponent of new music, Sarah has premiered numerous works by contemporary composers in conjunction with such groups as the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the Ensemble Remix - Portugal and the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble. She has performed recitals throughout the United States, Germany and Brazil and has soloed with such orchestras as the Manhattan Virtuosi and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. She is currently professor of flute at the São Paulo State Music School and the São Paulo State University.
LUÍS AFONSO MONTANHA
Luís Afonso Montanha was the principal clarinet of the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo for many years. He is an active member in many different chamber music groups, playing both clarinet and bass clarinet in the Sujeito a Guincho clarinet quintet, Duo Clarones (with professor Henri Bok, from the Netherlands), Tetralogia Quartet, Clarinetc…, Opus Brasil Ensemble, QuartaD group, and his duo with pianist Karin Fernandez. Montanha has served as clarinet professor in the music department of the Arts and Communications School of the University of Sao Paulo (ECA/USP) since 1992. He is supported by Selmer-Paris.
Peter Apps is the second oboe of the São Paulo Symphony. Born in London, UK, he graduated from Trinity College London, having received the first prize in the Academy’s Young Performers Award. He was the winner of the Insight Music Competition and received the Anna Instone Memorial Awards. Peter Apps toured Italy and Switzerland with the Orchestra of the Sessione Senese, and France with the London Chamber Players. He has a Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts (USA), alongside Frederic Cohen, and participated in the festivals of Edinburgh, Chigiana and the New England Bach Festival.
Ovanir Buosi began his studies when he was 12 years old with Luis Afonso Montanha. He graduated from the São Paulo State University in professor Sérgio Burgani’s class and continued his education at the Royal College of Music London, where he studied with clarinetist Michael Collins. As a solo and chamber performer, Ovanir has worked with the Southbank Symphony, Filarmônica de Belo Horizonte, São Paulo Symphony, Quarteto Arianna, London Winds and Camerata Aberta. He is professor at the Academy of the São Paulo Symphony and a regular guest in festivals all around Brazil. He has served as principal clarinetist of the São Paulo Symphony since 1997.
JOSÉ COSTA FILHO
José Costa Filho is French hornist in the São Paulo Symphony and member of the Curitiba Winds Quintet, with whom he performs in Brazil and abroad. He recorded the CD Quinteto de Sopros de Curitiba and has participated in recitals and recordings for ARD television (Germany). He was the winner of the Osesp Young Soloists Competition and received the first prize at the Faculdade Santa Marcelina Chamber Music Competition. In addition, José Costa Filho has also developed a career as a chamber musician and as a guest professor in festivals and master classes.
Educated at the Guildhall School of Drama, London and at the Hochschule Für Musik “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin, Matthew Taylor is currently Principal Bassoon of the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo. He has held the positions of Principal Bassoon of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway and Co-Principal Bassoon and founding member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center orchestra in Japan. He has performed as guest Principal Bassoon with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, English National Opera, Malaysian Philharmonic and Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira among many others. In addition to his orchestral activities he has worked with artists such as Lenine, Toquinho, Yamandu Costa and Sir Paul McCartney.
Rogério Zaghi is one of the most versatile pianists of his generation, and has performed as soloist with a number of symphony orchestras. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with Cláudio Cruz, Emmanuele Baldini, Dárcio Gianelli, Jacques Mauger and the Quaternaglia Quartet. Rogério Zaghi has performed in Brazil and abroad with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. A student of Marisa Rosana Lacorte, he is a prizewinner in several Brazilian and South American competitions. He recorded the CD Via Sacra and has served as pedagogical coordinator of the São Paulo Symphony since 2012.
ANA DE OLIVEIRA
Ana de Oliveira graduated from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, in Freiburg (Germany), as a Vitae and KAAD fellow. She performs as a soloist in Brazil and in Europe, was formerly concertmaster of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and as a chamber musician has played in festivals like Montreux (Switzerland), La Villette (France) and Warschauer Herbst (Poland). She is the concertmaster of the Camerata Rio Strings, whose CD Fantasia Brasileira was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005. Ana de Oliveira has been didactic coordinator of the Mostra Internacional de Música de Olinda (MIMO) since 2005.
MARIA FERNANDA KRUG
Maria Fernanda Krug was a student of Elisa Fukuda and Evgenia Maria Popova. She won first prize in the Brazil Young Performers Contest in 1993 and 1995. In 1999, she received the Eleazar de Carvalho Award, studied at the Academy of Music in Cologne (Germany), and at the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona (Italy). In 2001, she joined the Orchestra Salzburg Chamber Soloists. In addition to her extensive career as a soloist and chamber musician, Maria Fernanda Krug is currently assistant concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo.
Amanda Martins has worked as violinist in the São Paulo Symphony since 2014. She was a student of Klara Flieder at Mozarteum (Salzburg) and Marcia and Elisa Fukuda, Ezra Rodrigues, Arthur Huff and Fabio Nascimento. She has participated in violin master classes with Leila Josefowicz, Pinchas Zukerman, Glenn Dicterow, Igor Ozim and Lukas Hagen. She has been a member of several orchestras and served as concertmaster of the Philharmonie Salzburg. In 2011, Amanda Martins was concertmaster of the Campos do Jordão International Festival Orchestra and received the string instruments Ayrton Pinto Award.
PEDRO DELLA ROLLE
Pedro Della Rolle graduated from Trinity College London and holds a Master degree from the University of Sao Paulo. He won first prize in several competitions, including the III Concurso Nacional de Violino IBEU – best American music performer. He has performed as concertmaster in orchestras like Sinfônica Paulista, Cordas de Tatuí, Municipal de Campinas, Sinfônica de Vitória, Camerata Antiqua and Companhia de Ópera. Pedro Della Rolle is currently a violinist in the University of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Instituto Baccarelli and the São Paulo State Music School.
Currently violist of the Carlos Gomes Quartet and the University of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Gabriel Marin has extensive experience in orchestral and chamber music. He has represented Brazil in the Mercosur Youth Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the Americas, performing in the principal concert halls of thirteen countries across the continent. He won the Eleazar de Carvalho Award at the Campos do Jordão Festival, and studied at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music (Denmark). He was also a violist in the Odense Symphony Orchestra and participated in the famous Verbier Festival (Switzerland).
Wallas Pena was one of the winners at the 2006 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. He won the 2005 Florida Music Teachers Association Strings Competition and, in 2003, the Eleazar de Carvalho Award. From 2008 to 2012, Wallas Pena played in the São Paulo Symphony as a guest violist, and has played principal in several orchestras of São Paulo. He has played with such international orchestras as the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. In 2008, Wallas Pena graduated from Lynn University Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Ralph Fielding.
RAÏFF DANTAS BARRETO
Raïff Dantas Barreto studied with Nelson Campos in Paraíba (Brazil) and Enrico Contini in Parma (Italy). He has recorded several CDs, the most recent of which a solo CD featuring the first three suites by J.S. Bach. He has performed as a soloist in various orchestras such as the Sinfônica Nacional, Teatro Nacional de Brasília and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (USA). Raïff Dantas Barreto collaborates with Toninho Ferragutti, André Mehmari, Arrigo Barnabé and Ulisses Rocha and performs extensively as a chamber musician. He is currently principal cellist of the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo.
Lars Hoefs performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe and in the United States. In 2013, he became a cello and music history professor at Unicamp. Since his first time in Brazil, Lars Hoefs fell in love with Villa-Lobos’s music. His recent activities include concerts and master classes in Poland, the Dvořák Concerto performances with the Orquestra Sinfônica de Sorocaba, and concerts and lectures on Villa-Lobos’s music at universities and festivals in the US. His CD with works by Villa-Lobos remains a popular download on iTunes and Amazon.
Born in Metz, France, and educated in the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Thibault Delor migrated to Brazil in 1997, where he currently develops projects related to Brazilian music. He worked in the Orchestra of the Paris Opera from 1989 to 1993. Also at that time, he joined the Orchestre de Contrebasses, a Parisian doublebass sextet that carried out two tours in Brazil. In France, he participated in the recording of several CDs. In Brazil, he has more than four CDs recorded and is committed to various pedagogical activities in some of Brazil’s leading festivals.