[ Composer's Voice ]
Composer's Voice Concert
Trajetória Brasileira
The music of Prelúdio 21
February 26, 2012
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street
New York
New York
Music and Performances by: J. Orlando Alves, Sarah Carrier, Maria Carolina Cavalcanti, Andrea Christie, Josh Henderson Sylwia Kloc, Marcos Lucas, Neder Nassaro, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, Alexandre Schubert, Caio Senna, Kurt Toriello, and The New York Guitar Trio


J. Orlando Alves

Sarah Carrier, flute
Aforismos (Aos amigos Sérgio e Lúcia Barrenechea)
Marcos Lucas

Sarah Carrier, flute
Andrea Christie, piano
Marcos Lucas

Sarah Carrier, flute
Andrea Christie, piano
Cidades Invisíveis (para Sara Cohen)
Caio Senna

Andrea Christie, piano
Duas Miniaturas (para Ludmila Plitek)
Alexandre Schubert

Josh Henderson, violin
Sophia Yan, piano
"Contando", "Canção" and "Escalas" from "12 Bagatelles!
Sergio Roberto de Oliveira

Maria Carolina Cavalcanti, flute
18 Strings
Sergio Roberto de Oliveira

Daniel Hallford, guitar
Sylwia Kloc, guitar
Kurt Toriello, guitar


Maria Carolina Cavalcanti

Specialized in chamber music, flutist Maria Carolina Cavalcanti integrates the groups GNU (Modern and Contemporary Music), Ventos do Rio (Flute trio), Impressons Quartet (Instrumental Popular Music), Duo Americas (Flute and Guitar) and Ensemble Jocy de Oliveira (“Revisitando Stravinsky” – 2010 and its DVD – 2011). Performed at Brazilian Biennial of Contemporary Music, at Preludio 21 series, etc. Premiered several pieces of today’s music, some of them dedicated to herself. Recorded and preformed in the release concerts of CD “Sem Espera”, by composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira at Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, London and Manchester. Has a BA in Flute and is Master in Music at UNIRIO, both courses under the orientation of flutist Laura Rónai.

Sarah Carrier

Sarah Carrier, flutist, received praised for combining “thoughtful musicality with virtuosity in her alternately energetic and delicate account of a flute line laden with light multiphonics and unusual timbres.”-Allan Kozinn, NYTimes. As a founding member of Syzygy New Music Collective, she has premiered numerous works, and has made appearances on television and radio. Festival appearances include: Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes, Gaudeamus Vertolkers Concours, and Idyllwild Summer Arts. In 2007 Sarah was a winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition. She is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center. M.M. New York University; B.M. Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach.

Daniel Hallford

Daniel Hallford has brought the sound of the classical guitar to audiences throughout the United States. Hallford is a performer in the tradition of his masters. Hallford has received critical acclaim from both ends of the US. One of his specialties is Spanish guitar. New York City has been calling Hallford since the beginning of his studies with New Yorker Emmett Finley in Colorado. The testing ground of New York City has since sharpened Hallford's musical wit and finesse. As a scholarship winner at Mannes, Hallford performed with numerous and varied ensembles and helped spread the spirit of excellence the school is known for. While at Mannes Hallford studied with Michael Newman, Fred Hand and Terry Champlin.

Josh Henderson

The versatile violinist, Josh Henderson is quickly gaining recognition as a musician for all seasons. He has performed classical music in venues all over the world including prestigious European concert halls such as The Gasteig in Munich, the Kennedy Center in our nation's capitol, Beijing's Forbidden City, as well as high energy electric violin performances in iconic venues of popular music such as Manhattan’s Highline and Hammerstein Ballrooms. As a soloist, he has performed with the Starling Chamber orchestra, Accent X Orchestra, CCM Showcase Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and with the China Performing-Arts Broadcasting Troupe Orchestra. He has studied with Kurt Sassmannshaus in Cincinnati and studies with Naoko Tanaka at New York University.

Sylwia Kloc

Sylwia Kloc is a classical guitarist from Poland. She is an active soloist, chamber player, and teacher. Ms. Kloc received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from Mannes College, where she studied with Frederic Hand, and was awarded a merit scholarship for excellence in performance. Ms. Kloc plays Renaissance lute and Baroque guitar, having worked with the renowned early music player and scholar Dennis Cinelli. In 2007 Ms. Kloc premiered and recorded “Ancient Visions” a concerto for Renaissance lute and guitar ensemble by Terry Champlin. She was a scholar recipient for the 2006 "Music in Compostela Festival" in Spain where she studied with Jose Luiz Rodrigo. Ms. Kloc is a faculty member of Montclair State University, New Jersey, and the Music Education Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Kurt Toriello

After hearing friends playing in 1990, Kurt Toriello picked up his father’s guitar and has been playing ever since. Largely selftaught, he began formal training in 2002 with Franco Platino and was accepted into the 7th annual Manuel Barrueco Masterclass at Peabody and the 2nd Annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes that summer. Mr. Toriello completed the BM degree from Mannes under Michael Newman and Fred Hand and MM degree from Manhattan School of Music under David Leisner. Mr. Toriello has performed at such venues as the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, St. Peter’s Church, The Monkey, The American Jewish Historical Society and Carnegie Hall. He was featured in the September 2009 Classical Guitar Magazine’s Letters from New York.

Sophia Yan

Pianist Sophia Yan performed at age 4 in Carnegie Hall and at 9 at the Kennedy Center. Sophia is a four-time first prizewinner of the Steinway Society Competition and winner of International Concert Alliance and International Young Artist Competitions. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times writes, “…the music literally pulls her off the piano bench; she ranges up and down the keyboard so quickly and with such ferocity that mere sitting will not do.” Yan has appeared in Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, CAMI Hall, Chateau de Fontainbleau (France), St. Nicolo's Auditorium (Italy) and Niagara Courthouse (Canada). Recognized as an exceptional artist by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.


Orlando Alves

Prelúdio 21’s J. Orlando Alves (Lavras, MG, Brazil) earned his Bachelor and Másters degrees in Music Composition from UFRJ and Doctorate in Creative Processes from UNICAMP. Participated in the Panoramas da Música Brasileira Atual from 1994 to 2010 and in the Bienais da Música Brasileira Contemporânea from 1997 to 2009. Alves has received awards in national competitions including: Primeiro Concurso FUNARTE de Composição Musical (1st Place, Duos), VII Concurso Nacional de Composição de Música do IBEU (1st Place for his work Quantum, for Wind Quintet; and honorable mention at the Concurso Nacional de Composição Camargo Guarnier for his orchestral work Circinus. He became assistant professor of music composition at the Federal University of Paraíba in 2005. He lives in João Pessoa.

Marcos Lucas

Prelúdio 21’s Marcos Lucas received a PhD in Composition at the University of Manchester. His works have been performed in Brazil and abroad at festivals such as ISCM World Music Days (Ljubliana), State of the Nation (London), Três Cantos (Madrid), Spazio 900 (Cremona), Biannual Festivals of Brazilian Contemporary Music and Panorama of Modern Brazilian Music (Rio) and has been awarded various prizes. His opera “O Pescador e Sua Alma” was premièred in 2006 in Brasília and Rio, with 32 performances. He teaches composition at UNIRIO, where he runs the ensemble GNU. He has lectured on contemporary Brazilian music in Brazil and abroad and is a member of Prelúdio 21. He currently lives in Britain developing a new opera which will be premièred there in April 2012.

Sergio Roberto de Oliveira

Prelúdio 21’s Sergio Roberto de Oliveira studied with composer Guerra-Peixe and got his degree at UNIRIO. Musicians have been commissioned and performed his pieces worldwide in concerts promoted by Prelúdio 21, Handel and Haydn Society, The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, Composer’s Voice, etc. Sergio has been lecturing in dozens of institutions in US, Netherlands, England and Brazil. He was Artist-in-residence at Duke University in 2009 and nominee for the 12th Latin Grammy (“Best Classical Contemporary Composition”). His pieces and articles about him have been published abroad.His discography as a composer has 6 CDs. In 2012 he will release 4 new CDs and have a series celebrating his 15th anniversary as a composer, with 13 concerts in Rio de Janeiro. www.sergiodeoliveira.com

Neder Nassaro

Prelúdio 21’s Neder Nassaro (1961 in Rio de Janeiro) Bachelor of composition, University of Rio de Janeiro. Studies of composition with Guerra Peixe, David Korenchendler, Ricardo Tacuchian, Vânia Dantas Leite, Rodrigo Cicchelli Velloso and Elaine Thomazi Freitas. - Music PhD, (UNIRIO). His thesis discusses experimentation in music and notations. - He has been working as a composer of contemporary instrumental and vocal music, electroacoustic music, and music video.- Performances of works in: IV Meeting of Latin-Americans Composers and Performers; Contemporary Brazilian Music Biennials; Contemporary Brazilian Music Panoramas; The Preludio 21's season; IX Festival de Música Contemporánea Internacional de la Universidad de Chile; amongst others.- Nassaro received the first price for "Gestos Elípticos", a work for quartet with piano, at the VI Competition for Composition IBEU (2002).

Alexandre Schubert

Prelúdio 21’s Alexandre Schubert (Manhumirim, MG, Brazil). Earned his Master’s and Baccalaureate in Composition at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has won twelve important prizes in Composition Competitions in Brazil.In 2010, Schubert won the FUNARTE Composition Prize with his work “Variantes” for piano and chamber orchestra. His works have been performed in Paris, Rome, Berlin, St. Petersburg, New York, Chicago as well as within Brazil: Rio de Janeiro; São Paulo; Manaus; Salvador; Curitiba, etc.. He has more than 90 works in his catalogue in various styles: chamber, sympohonic, choral, vocal, opera, and scenic. He teaches Composition, Harmony and Analysis at UFRJ.

Caio Senna

Prelúdio 21’s Caio Senna (São Paulo) holds a Ph.D. in Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently with Cité Internationale des Arts" in Paris His catalog of compositions containing two hundred works for the most varied instrumentations, with emphasis on vocal music and chamber music in unconventional formations. His piece for solo harpsichord, Delicate Convulsions, recorded by Rosana Lanzelotte, received special mention in the journal Veredas in 1999. In April 2000, the composer released his first CD, First Dialogue. In 2001, his work Pulsar, was ranked first in the National Competition Funarte Composition in category String Orchestra. Since 2003 Caio Senna is a member of the group Preludio 21

Program Notes

In 1998, seven composers decided to join in a group, in order to promote their music and Contemporary Music in general. To do that, they organized concerts and lectures opened to the public with Brazilian and foreign composers. The group has been working widely, since then, becoming one of the most important groups of Contemporary Music in Brazil.

Prelúdio 21 unites composers with different aesthetics, which makes the concerts varied. The members, six presently, are Alexandre Schubert, Caio Senna, J. Orlando Alves, Marcos Lucas, Neder Nassaro and Sergio Roberto de Oliveira. The group has presented its concerts at the most important venues in Rio de Janeiro, such as Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and Sala Cecília Meireles. Since 2008 the group has a monthly series at Centro Cultural Justiça Federal theater, in Rio de Janeiro, from April to December. In this series, Prelúdio 21 invites a single group of performers and every composer writes for it. The group also invites composers for their concerts, like Maria Resende (Brasil), Alan Willians (England) and Rami Levin (USA).

In 2007, the guitar player Armildo Uzeda recorded a CD dedicated to and composed by Prelúdio 21 (Brazilian Contemporary Music Vol. II – Prelúdio 21, A Casa Discos). In 2011, Prelúdio 21 group will produce its first CD, with string quartets performed by Quarteto Radamés Gnattali.


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