& Ensemble São Paulo

 

Ricardo Herz – violin & arrangements

 

Ensemble São Paulo:

Betina Stegmann violin

Nelson Rios violin

Marcelo Jaffé viola

Rodrigo Andrade cello

 

Ricardo Herz & Ensemble São Paulo

 

Violinist, composer, and arranger Ricardo Herz joins with the Ensemble São Paulo string quartet to celebrate the sonic richness of Brazilian music.  Folkloric themes, children’s songs, urban and rural standards, and original compositions by Herz are arranged and interpreted through a diversity of rhythyms, such as the baião, choro, chamamé, and toada.  The result is a soaring concert of five interlaced voices that captures the deep history and complexity of Brazil.

 

Ricardo Herz has reinvented the violin.  With unparalleled originality, charm and swing, he has captured the irrepressible spirit of Brazil and revolutionized the voice of the violin in popular music.  

 

Herz is a graduate in classical violin from the Universidade de São Paulo, having laid his musical foundation at the Fukuda School in São Paulo beginning at age 6.  Since then, he has studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music (USA) and at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, school of the legendary French jazz violinist.

 

Since returning to Brazil in 2010, Herz has performed in musical collaborations with many of the most important musicians in Brazil, and as a soloist with a wide variety of orchestras, such as with Yamandú Costa, Dominguinhos, Nelson Ayres, Proveta, Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica, Orquestra Sinfônica de João Pessoa, Orquestra Municipal de Jundiaí, Projeto Guri, Orquestra Filarmônica de Violas, and Orquestra Breusil.  

 

With his Ricardo Herz Trio, he has recorded two albums, “Aqui é o meu lá” and “Torcendo a Terra.”  He has also recorded a number of duo albums:  with vibraphonist/composer Antonio Loureiro, accordionist Samuca do Acordeon, pianist/arranger/conductor Nelson Ayres, and, most recently, virtuoso guitarist Yamandú Costa.  He has also released an album of children’s music, and performed this repertoire with the Cantilena Ensemble.

 

Herz is also a dedicated teacher and promoter of Brazilian violin.  He has taught in diverse settings and recently launched his own online “Brazilian Popular Violin Course.”

 

The chamber music quartet, Ensemble São Paulo, has received critical acclaim for concerts in Brazil and abroad.  Their repertoire comprises works form the pre-classical period through pieces from contemporary composers, including Nicolau Figueiredo, Ricardo Castro, Teco Cardoso, Daniel Binelli, Antonio Carlos Carrasqueira, André Mehmari, Nelson Ayres, and Nailor Proveta.  Further, their concerts are notable in that the pieces are narrated, allowing the public to glean a deeper understanding of the music.

 

Members of the Ensemble have been awarded a number of prizes for their performances, including the ACPA Prize and the Carlos Gomes Chamber Music Prize, and developed a number of didactic workshops at music festivals in Brazil (Campos do Jordão, Poços de Caldas, Curitiba & Jaraguá do Sul [FEMUSC]), at Brazilian universities (USP, UNESP & UCS), and abroad (Pensacola C. College & University of Georgia).

 

Betina Stegmann violin

A graduate of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne, Germany), Stegmann perfected her craft in Tel-Aviv, Isreal.  Currently, she is an active performer and soloist in South America, the United States, and Europe.  She was a member of the Quinteto D’Elas and Concertmaster of the Orquestra de Câmara Villa-Lobos, violin instructor at the Faculdade Cantareira, and member of the Quarteto de Cordas da Cidade de São Paulo.

 

Nelson Rios violin

A graduate of the Faculdade Mozarteum (São Paulo), Rios was awarded the Vitae scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh (United States).  He was a founder of the Quinteto Ravel (currently Quinteto da Paraíba) and member of the Sinfônica da Paraíba, Câmara de Blumenau, and Jazz Sinfônica, among other groups.  Currently, Rios is a member of the Câmara Villa-Lobos, Sinfônica da USP, and Quarteto de Cordas da Cidade de São Paulo.

 

Marcelo Jaffé viola

Having won the national competition of the Universidade de Brasília at age 14, Jaffé perfected his studies at the University of Illinois and Tanglewood Music Center in the United States.  He was the Artistic Director of the Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo.  Currently, Jaffé is a viola instructor at the Universidade of São Paulo, performer on radio and television for TV Cultura, and member of the Quarteto de Cordas da Cidade de São Paulo.

 

Rodrigo Andrade cello

Born in 1978, Andrade began his studies at age 6 with Jean-Jacques Pagnot at the Federal Universidade of Rio Grande do Sul.  He studied with Steven Thomas at the Hartt School and graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ardyth Alton.  He was Principal Cellist of the Juilliard Symphony and Juilliard Orchestra, as well the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre.  Currently, Andrade is cellist with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, member of the Quarteto Romanov, and instructor at Instituto Baccarelli in São Paulo.