FEBRUARY 2020 | An 80th Birthday Year tribute to Marlos Nobre by Luiz Antonio de AlmeidaFEBRUARY 2020 | An 80th Birthday Year tribute to Marlos Nobre by Luiz Antonio de Almeida
Luiz Antonio de Almeida was born in Rio de Janeiro, on March 6, 1962. He is a researcher of Brazilian Music and in 1976 began to research the life and work of composer Ernesto Nazareth, becoming his main biographer. In 1980, he initiated a friendship with the Nazareth family, which made him the heir to the entire collection of the musician. Luiz Antonio was awarded the “Premio Moinho Santista” (1985), in the area of classical and popular music and, in 2003, began working at the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro assuming, then, the Head of Research at Lapa headquarters. In 2013, he published the complete biography of Nazareth on an online version, under the auspices of the Instituto Moreira Salles.
Marlos Nobre was born in the city of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, on February 18, 1939. He studied piano and music theory at the Conservatório Pernambucano de Música, between 1948 and 1959, harmony and counterpoint with Father Jaime Diniz, from 1956 to 1959.
In 1960, at the age of 21, Nobre won the first prize of the “Concurso Música e Músicos do Brasil”, sponsored by the Rádio Ministério da Cultura do Rio de Janeiro (Rádio MEC), with his Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, launching the composer nationally. At this time, a critic of the newspaper O Globo stated that: “Nobre emerges as a star who seems to have Villa-Lobos handed over the scepter of musical creation in Brazil.”
From 1960 until 1962, he studied composition with H. J. Koellreutter, in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, and Camargo Guarnieri, in São Paulo. And between 1962 and 1964, with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, he performed advanced composing studies at the Centro Latino-Americano de Altos Estúdios Musicales of Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, with Alberto Ginastera, Olivier Messiaen, Riccardo Malipiero, Aaron Copland and Luigi Dallapiccola.
Nobre then writes Variações Rítmicas (1966), Divertimento (1968), and Krinmakrinkrin (1970), awarded by the UNESCO International Tribune of Composers in Paris, which designed it internationally.
In 1969, he studied with Alexandre Goehr and Günther Schüller at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood, USA, where he worked with Leonard Bernstein. In the same year, he studied at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York with Wladimir Ussachevsky. The following year, 1970, he still received the UNESCO Award, for the composition In Memorian, for orchestra.
Nobre was musical director of Rádio MEC, from 1971 to 1976, and the first director of the Instituto Nacional de Música (1976). In 1972, signed contracts with Phillips Phonogram and EMI Angel to release recordings of his works. In 1977, on Deutche Grammophon, released the album Marlos Nobre piano Works, with pianist Roberto Szidon.
Elected, for acclamation, President of the UNESCO International Music Council in Dresden, Germany (1985 to 1987), and directed the Fundação Cultural de Brasília, (1986 to 1990).
In 1990, Nobre was the first Brazilian to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. He also conducted the Philharmonique de l'ORTF Orchestra in Paris; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; L'Orchestre de l'Opera of Nice, France; Philharmonic Orchestra of Teatro Colon, Argentina; Mexico Symphony Orchestra; La Habana Symphony Orchestra, Cuba.
In 2004, in Madrid, Spain, writer Tomás Marco, author of a book about the Brazilian's work, stated that Marlos Nobre is considered the most important composer of the entire Ibero-American continent and by the Grove Dictionary of Music, the most important composer of Latin America and one of the most categorized in the international plan.
Nobre eceived 25 major prizes, among them, the Spanish Prize Tomás Luís de Victoria (2005), unanimously awarded, the first time in history, for the set of his work.
He is also Officier des Arts et des Lettres from France, Honorary Doctor from the University of Pernanbuco (Brazil), Visiting Professor at the Universities of Yale (1992) and Indiana, and the Juilliard School, in the United States. He was also awarded the Pernambuco Gold Medal of Cultural Merit and as Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of Brasilia.
Marlos Nobre occupies the number one chair of the Academia Brasileira de Música, replacing Villa-Lobos. From 2013 to the present, he is the conductor and music director of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Recife, and his current catalog covers 240 compositions, from virtually every genre, edited by Max Eschig, Henri Lemoine, Boosey & Hawkes, and currently Marlos Nobre Editions.
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