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International Tuba/Euphonium Guest Artist Residency
By Liliana Vasquez
Mar 16, 2017
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COMMERCE, TX — Texas A&M University-Commerce is proud to host three internationally acclaimed tuba and euphonium artists for a three-day event that will take place March 20-22 in Finney Concert Hall.

A masterclass and lecture will take place Monday, March 20 at 4 p.m.; a Solo Recital will take place Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.; and a Chamber Music Recital will take place on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The lineup includes Adams euphonium artists Fernando Deddos and Matthew van Emmerik and Principal Tubist with the Porto Alegre Symphony, Wilthon Matos.

“This is a rare opportunity to see some of the top tuba and euphonium players from around the world right here in our own backyard,” said Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium, Dr. Jeff Baker. “The recitals will feature original compositions from Brazil and Australia. This will be an educational and enriching experience to say the least.”

Fernando Deddos is currently the euphonium/tuba professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande Norte State (Brazil). He recorded the very first euphonium album to come out of South America and has earned two Harvey Phillips Awards in Composition. His original works have been part of contemporary art and dance projects and his instrumental pieces have been performed or released by artists across the globe. In August of last year, he premiered his Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra, with Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in southern Brazil.   

Born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia in 1978, Dr. Matthew van Emmerik started playing at age seven. He is the former Principal Euphonium of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force in London, U.K., and all Royal Australian Navy Bands. Four years ago, he became only the second Australian in history to win the Open Euphonium championship at the New Zealand Brass Band Championships, and in December of last year, he performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass in their annual CSO Brass concert.

Wilthon Matos began his musical studies at age 13. Through the 2010 Classical Music Circuit FUNARTE Prize, he was able to perform seven concerts at state capitals throughout the Brazilian countryside. He was also a co-creator of the South Brazilian Tuba and Euphonium Regional Conference, which was one of the first events of its kind in the country. Recently, he carried out the TUBA BRAZIL CONCERTS Project, the first solo tour of its kind in Brazil.