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Ariana Pedrosa has gained extensive experience over the years as a bassoonist, pedagogue and more recently as researcher.
Upon graduation from her Bachelor's degree at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2000, she won the position of bassoon and contra-bassoon at the Orquestra Sinfônica in Minas Gerais, and in 2008 the same position at the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais. Her professional career was interwoven with graduate studies, obtaining a Master's degree in bassoon performance from the Université de Montréal in 2007, and in 2019 a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the same institution. Her research focuses on the dialogue between popular and classical music in Brazilian concert music for bassoon.
She was the bassoon substitute professor from 2009 to 2011 at the UFMG. She now lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto and in her private studio. Since 2020, she is part of an international research group on the musical estate and legacy of french bassoonist Noël Devos. Dr. Pedrosa is also giving workshops at various universities on "The Preparation of the Musical Performance through the Multimodal Process", which involves her profound knowledge of the Alexander Technique, and to delve deeper into this knowledge is currently pursuing the Teachers Training program at The Toronto School for Alexander Technique.
Choro music and bassoon repertoire
Brazilian concert music for bassoon—the fruit of the Brazilian nationalist movement of the 19th and 20th centuries — is challenging for performers due to the circumstances in which this repertoire emerged and the influences underlying it.
The role of Choro in the formation and establishment of this repertoire is often unstated or understated.
Noël Devos Portal - Portal in construction
Our project aims to organize, digitize, process and translate Devos’ collection, which includes recordings on film reels, cassettes, LPs and CDs, photos, videos, articles, interviews, films, unpublished texts and manuscripts written by Devos himself. In this material, we find first auditions of works by Villa-Lobos, several unpublished recordings, courses on interpretation of Villa-Lobos' chamber music and rehearsals with the composers. Devos’ legacy as a performer, teacher and great supporter of Brazilian music, together with his collection, will allow for the preservation of the invaluable memory of concert music as well as the training of new performers.
Multimodal Projet - Crafting a musical performance using a Multimodal Process
Building bridges between music theory, instrumental practice, musical concepts and the musician's body. By consciously separating these parts, then integrating them into the construction of the performance, music becomes a more enjoyable and efficient process. By exploring the multimodal process in this workshop, we can increase our awareness of these components in order to recombine them later on.