JOSÉ STANECK: Combining a variety of influences
into his own style, he blends elements from concert music to Brazilian
popular music to jazz into a distinctive sound and expressiveness.
He studied harmonica with Maurício Einhorn, functional harmony with
Isidoro Kutno and analysis with H. J. Koeullreutter. Holding a Masters
from the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, he plays
with different chamber ensembles and has been a soloist in numerous
national and international orchestras.
ANTONIO DEL CLARO: “Del Claro is one of the most
outstanding instrumentalists of his generation and one of the most
sincere performers of cello repertoire.” These were the words of
Pierre Fournier, the great cellist and Del Claro’s teacher. Considered
one of Brazil’s most well-rounded instrumentalists, his virtuosity
shines in both chamber music and as orchestra soloist. Brazilian
and non-Brazilian critics have acknowledged his ability to capture
the full musical content of the works through his austere bearing,
rich technique and performance conviction.
FLÁVIO AUGUSTO: Holding a Masters from the Escola
de Música da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Flávio Augusto
has collected 28 first-place awards in Piano and Chamber Music competitions,
and in 1988 he was the first Brazilian to win first place in the
International “Villa-Lobos” competition, in Rio de Janeiro. He studied
with pianists Gilberto Tinetti, Homero Magalhães and Myrian Dauelsberg,
and abroad with Alfred Brendel, Vitalij Margulis and Charles Reiner.
He has performed with the leading Brazilian orchestras and in theaters
in Europe, the United States and Oceania.