B i o g r a p h y

Brazilian pianist Ariel Magno da Costa completed his doctoral studies in Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University in 2021 with Drs. Laura Melton and Thomas Rosenkranz, and served as Adjunct Assistant Professor for the following academic year at the same institution. His dissertation on Gabriel Erkoreka’s works for solo piano is the first scholarly discussion of his piano music. Ariel also holds degrees from Central Michigan University (M.M.), where he studied with Alexandra Mascolo-David, and State University of Campinas (B.M.), studying with Maria José Carrasqueira and Alexandre Zamith.

Some of his recent activities include participation at the 8th International Conference on Music and Minimalism (BGSU), Annual Bowling Green New Music Festivals 38, 39, 40, and 41, the 2017 IDRS Annual Conference (Appleton, WI), Society of Composers 2018 National Conference (Tacoma, WA), and the 14th and 15th seasons of soundSCAPE Performance and Composition Exchange (Cesena, Italy).

Throughout his studies, Ariel has played with conductors Michael Lewansky, Matilda Hofman, Kenneth Thompson, Emily Freeman Brown, Alex Popovici, Nina Nash-Robertson, Alan Gumm, Hans-Peter Schurz and Fernando Barreto. He has also played in Masterclasses with pianists such as Ursula Oppens, Cristina Ortiz, Cristina Gerling, Fabio Luz, Luca Chiantore, Richard Steinbach, Sergio Gallo, Jeffrey Jacob and Ann Schein, among others.

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