ariana pedrosa

Bassoon & Choro

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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 a lecturer in bassoon and chamber music at the Universidade do Estado in Minas Gerais from 2003 to 2005, then substitute professor from 2009 to 2011 at the UFMG. She now lives in Toronto, Canada.


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.


One important popular genre unique to Brazil is choro. It is impossible to deliver a faithful performance of many of the Brazilian nationalist music pieces heavily influenced by choro without some acquaintance with this genre. These considerations have become especially relevant due to the widespread popularity of Brazilian concert music repertoire for bassoon all around the world. Informed performance practice in ‘good taste’ can result, among other, from closing the gaps in knowledge, providing sufficient and clear background and reference information, raising awareness for practices and conventions of the time and style, and passing on the insight of those close to the source in a manner of oral tradition.

Past events

2020 -  January 15 -  Montréal, QC

13h Workshop with Francisco Formiga

Faculté de Musique -

Université de Montréal

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 2019  -  July 16 -  Tampa, Florida IDRS

9h30 Workshop -The Role of Choro in Brazilian Repertoire for Bassoon

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2018  -  December 18 - Montréal, QC


19h - Final Doctoral (DMA) Recital

Salle Serge Garant

Faculté de Musique  -

Université de Montréal 

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2018  -  November 21 -  Toronto, ON


13h Roda de Choro

Emergence Symposium - Arts and Equity Leading Social Change

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2018 - October 23 - 28  São Paulo, Brazil


10h30 Recital-Palestra: A influência do choro na obra dos compositores nacionalistas brasileiros.

II Encontro Internacional de Palhetas Duplas


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