B i o g r a p h y

Brazilian pianist Ariel Magno da Costa is currently in the doctoral program in Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University, where he’s studied with Dr. Laura Melton and Dr. Thomas Rosenkranz. His dissertation (in progress) is focused on the music for solo piano by Basque-Spanish composer Gabriel Erkoreka (b. 1969). He also holds degrees from Central Michigan University (M.M.), where he studied with Dr. Alexandra Mascolo-David, and State University of Campinas (B.M.), studying with Dr. Maria José Carrasqueira and Dr. Alexandre Zamith.

Some of Ariel's recent activities include participation at the Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival 38, 39, and 40, the 2017 IDRS Annual Conference (Appleton, WI), Society of Composers 2018 National Conference (Tacoma, WA), and the 14th  and 15th seasons of soundSCAPE Festival (Cesena, Italy).

Throughout his studies, Ariel has played with conductors Kenneth Thompson, Emily Freeman Brown, 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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