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Bach Society Brazil

The music of Bach with excellence and quality

This society of music enthusiasts was created due to the desire to hear historical performances of Baroque music played by Brazilian musicians of an international level.

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Our Mission

We initiated our concerts in 2020 and, today, besides a circle of friends and music enthusiasts, Bach Society Brasil is also a non-profit cultural association. Read our statute here.

As soon as health and safety conditions related to the Covid-19 pandemic allow, our concerts will be in-person, with the on-line option available, too.

The Bach Societies

Bach was born in 1685, in Eisenach, and died in 1750, in Leipzig, in Germany. Despite some recognition for his musical talent while still alive, most of his work remained totally forgotten until the 19th century, when it was rediscovered. The “Bach Societies”, which began to appear during this period, in Europe and America, represent the effort to preserve and spread the work of this unique composer. In the first half of the 20th century, a “Bach Society” was founded in Brazil, though it was discontinued decades back. Now, brimming with excitement and enthusiasm, and fully aware of the enormous responsibility, it is back, fruit of a collective passion for these musical masterpieces.

Audiovisual quality

Our concerts are recorded with technical and audiovisual excellence, making these breathtaking performances available to the entire world through the Internet. The project is directed by Caio Amon, a specialist in filming classical musical, through his production company EROICA_conteúdo. Flawless sound engineering is provided by Fabiano Cordella, with production directed by Ilton Carangacci.

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Artistic team

Meet the people behind Bach Society Brasil concerts

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Fernando Cordella

Artistic Director

Considered one of the most active harpsichordists of his generation in Latin America, in 2015 he earned the TOYP JCI Brasil award as the preeminent personality in Brazil for that year, under the “Cultural Excellence” category. He is the artistic director and chief conductor for Sociedade Bach Porto Alegre and Bach Brasil. He has been teaching harpsichord since 2016 at EMMSP (São Paulo Municipal School of Music) and is a coordinator of the Baroque Music Workshop headed by the same institution.

 

He has an active soloist career and is guest conductor for some of the leading orchestras in Brazil and abroad. He has performed under: Peter van Heyghen, Nathalie Stutzmann, Luiz Otávio Santos, Michaela Comberti, Olivia Centurioni, Bart Naessens, Roman Garrioud, Juan Manuel Quintana, and Rodolfo Richter, among others.

 

He began studying under pianist Dirce Knijnik, learning the harpsichord under Nicolau de Figueiredo as his principal instructor. In 2011, he won the Açorianos Award for best interpretation in the classical music category for the album “CRAVOS  – de Frescobaldi a Mozart”.

 
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Caio Amon

Content and Communication Director

Audiovisual and creative director specialized in fostering dialog between image, music and sound. He holds a degree in Composition from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and is the director of EROICA conteúdo, having collaborated with the likes of Nieuw Ensemble van Amsterdam, Geoff Emerick, Olinda Allessandrini, Fernando Cordella, Emanuelle Baldini, Duo Siqueira-Lima, and João Bosco, among others.

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Fabiano Cordella

Sound Engineer

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Audiovisual and creative director specialized in fostering dialog between image, music and sound. He holds a degree in Composition from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and is the director of EROICA conteúdo, having collaborated with the likes of Nieuw Ensemble van Amsterdam, Geoff Emerick, Olinda Allessandrini, Fernando Cordella, Emanuelle Baldini, Duo Siqueira-Lima, and João Bosco, among others.

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Ilton Carangacci

Production Director

Artistic agent and events producer since 1985, he has also been lecturing since 2002. Debater and mediator at encounters on subjects related to music, he has acted as mentor to a recording group at Unisinos since 2017. Additionally, he has acted as an agent for Papas da Língua, Vera Loca, Chimarruts, Armandinho, Reação em Cadeia, and Ivo Mozart, among others, while having produced over 4000 shows in 10 countries.

 

Executive Board

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Gilberto Schwartsmann

Chairperson of Bach Society Brasil

Gilberto Schwartsmann is a full professor at the UFRGS School of Medicine and holds a PhD through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with post graduate studies in the United Kingdom and United States of America. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, wherein he has overseen the Library; he is a member and former chair of the Rio Grande do Sul State Academy of Medicine. He has previously presided over the Mercosur Visual Arts Biennial Foundation; he is a member of the Board of the Iberê Camargo Foundation and a Patron of the Zorávia Bettiol Institute. He is an honorary citizen of the cities of Porto Alegre, Canoas, Barra do Ribeiro and Nova Petrópolis, as well as Viña del Mar, in Chile. He has been awarded the Farroupilha Medal of Merit by the State Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Sul, the Eva Sopher Award for Cultural Excellence by the São Pedro Theater Foundation, in 2018, and the Açorianos Award for Culture by the Porto Alegre City Administration.

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Alexandre Schmidt Nanni

Deputy chairperson of Bach Society Brasil

A physician, having graduated from PUCRS in 1996, active in the field of Nephrology. He initiated his study of the violin in 1986, under the instruction of Maine Valenti. He is currently studying a Music Teaching Degree through UNINTER.

 

He is a founding member of Grupo Capella Strumentale, created in 1999, a dilettante of Early Music and a student of Baroque violin under the instruction of Marcus Held.

Board

  • Chairperson – Mauro Ricardo Nunes Pontes

  • Deputy chairperson – Fabio Furtado Ramos

  • Secretary – Fernando Antonio de Abreu e Silva

Board members

  • Annibal Carneiro

  • Bernardo Frederes Krämer Alcalde

  • Clarisse Schneider

  • Fernanda Chiarello Stedile

  • João Paulo Bittencourt Cardozo

  • Jonas Badermann de Lemos

  • Katia Monaco

  • Linjie Zhang

  • Marcelo Gus

  • Maria Teresa de Mello Xavier

  • Nelson S. Dvoskin

  • Raul Hartke 

  • Ricardo Arnt

  • Ricardo Barberena

  • Samuel Mac Dowell De Figueiredo

  • Valeska Fasolo

Honorary board members

  • Celso Loureiro Chaves

  • Fernando Cacciatore de Garcia

  • Francisco Marshall

  • Heloísa do Amaral Peixoto

  • Jane Titukian

  • João Carlos Martins

  • Lya Luft

  • Maria Berenice Dias

  • Renato Koch

  • Tânia Carvalho

Audit Board

  • Chairperson – Fabiano Saraiva

  • Deputy Chairperson – Artur Leite Hertz

  • Secretary – Sérgio Lewkowicz