Dr. Fernando Hashimoto is professor of percussion at University of Campinas - UNICAMP (Brazil), where he is developing research about Brazilian percussion repertoire. He is founder and director of GRUPU - UNICAMP’s Percussion Ensemble and timpanist of Campinas Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Fernando has performed with several orchestras overseas and he has been invited to administer clinics and recitals in several universities and important percussion festivals held in Brazil, Argentina, USA, Croatia, Sweden, Puerto Rico, England, Germany, Spain, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Peru, among others.
Presentations Fernando has done at main international percussion festivals of America and Europe include: the Percussive Arts Society International Convention PASIC 2002, 2004 and 2007; Seminario Internacional de Marimba, Chile; I Encontro Internacional de Percussão, Brazil; Primer Festival Percusion Patagonia, Argentina; 10º Festival Internacional de Percusion de Puerto Rico; International Percussion Ensemble Week, Croatia; Festival Internacional de Musica da Unicamp, Brazil; VI Jornadas Internacionales de Percusion, Spain; Days of Percussion, Sweden; Festival de Musica Contemporanea, Chile; VII Festival Eleazar de Carvalho, Brazil; International Percussion Music Festival, USA; and so on.
Since 2000, Fernando has performing several tours in USA as recitalist, clinician and professor/artist in residence in 26 different states. Fernando earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at City University of New York as a Fulbright/CAPES scholarship recipient, and his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music from University of Campinas - UNICAMP. In 1998, with a Brazilian Government Grant, he completed an extensive research about Brazilian repertoire for percussion. Eclectic, he pursues in his curriculum many recordings as sidemusician, as well as movie and theatre sound tracks, and radio/TV jingles. As chamber musician Fernando has been performed with American soprano Monica Harte, as well as with the duo Nuance featuring the Spanish saxophonist Elizabeth Carrascosa-Martinez, and with contemporary ensembles CONtempo, and gccontemporaryensemble based in New York.
Hashimoto acted as Percussive Arts Society Brazil Chapter President from 2000 to 2005, and he was awarded the 2002 PAS Outstanding Chapter President Award, and 2007 PAS Outstanding Service Award, in recognition of his service and dedication for musical community. Currently he is Chair of the PAS International Committee. Recognized internationally as a specialist on Brazilian percussion repertoire, Fernando has premiered more than 40 pieces from Brazilian composers, many of them commissioned or dedicated to him, including the premiere in Brazil of Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, by Marlos Nobre; from the same composer that premiered Sonante I, in Washington, USA; as well the world premiere of Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra and Raul do Valle’s Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra.
As composer, his works have been performed by several percussion ensembles in Brazil, USA and Europe. His works and CDs, include: Brazilian Concertos for Percussion, and Configurations for Contemporary Percussion, both by IPH Records, are distributed by Steve Weiss Music (in the USA), Tot Per L’aire (in Europe), Birka Musik (in Scandinavia), and Tratore (in Brazil). Fernando has promoted 8 International Percussion Festivals: Days of Percussion and Ritmos da Terra International Festival. Furthermore, he promoted 3 annual Composition Contest for Percussion and the First South America Marimba Competition.
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