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Born in 1949 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nestor de Hollanda Cavalcanti began
his musical studies with José Miranda Pinto (trumpet) and, later, with
Elpídio Pereira (musical theory and appreciation). In 1967, he had classes
with Maria Aparecida Ferreira (reading and writing) and composer Guerra
Peixe, under who he studied at Pró-Arte Art School, the Sound and Image
Museum, and the Centro de Estudos Musicais (Centre for Musical Studies)
(harmony, counterpoint, morphology, orchestration and composition) between
1967 and 1973. In 1969, he studied analysis with Esther Sciliar at
Pró-Arte and, from 1966 to 1970, guitar with Pereira Filho and Jodacil
Between the years 1967 and 1976, he took courses on "Brazilian Music" and
"Musical Prosody", organised by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s
Music School; "Get to know Brazil through Folklore", promoted by the Fine
Arts Museum; "Aesthetics", offered by the City Museum’s Friends’ Association.
He taught guitar at the Brazilian Music Conservatory and at the Villa-Lobos
Music School, from 1975 to 1979; he was a guest teacher at the 3rd Londrina
Music Festival in 1985, where he taught courses on philosophy and
music. Between 1984 and 1986, he was a director and teacher (harmony,
counterpoint and composition) of Esquimbau - Nucleus of Musical Studies.
He worked for several years at the National Music Institute of Funarte
(National Arts Foundation), where he acted as a researcher, archivist
(phonographic archives), musical reviser, phonographic editor and producer
of Pró-Memus, where he was also a coordinator.
He has worked as an editor, with articles published in several Brazilian
publications, such as Viva Música!, Jornal da Música, Cadernos de Música,
Tribuna da Imprensa, etc. Among his most important articles are Theses on
Music, written together with Antônio Jardim for Encontros com a Civilização
Brasileira magazine, issue 8, 1979; On Repertoire in Música: Texts and
Contexts, Funarte/INM, 1985; and the essay Music and Dialectics, under
preparation for publishing.
He was musical director and arranger of the Cobra Coral (The Cultura
Inglesa Choir), which was one of the groups responsible for the renovation
in choir singing in Brazil, and, from 1984 to 1987, of the Orquestra de
Vozes - A Garganta Profunda.
He is a popular music arranger and record producer; the Orquestra de Vozes
- A Garganta Profunda album was considered by the Rio daily Jornal do
Brasil newspaper as one of the 10 best records of 1986. In that same year,
upon a request from the Popular Music Division of Funarte, he was in
charge of composing arrangements, as well as of the musical direction and
coproduction (together with researcher Jairo Severiano) of the album Yes,
nós temos Braguinha, celebrating the popular composer’s 80th birthday. In
1987, he made arrangements and the musical script of Garganta canta Beatles
(Garganta sings The Beatles), considered as one of the best shows of the
year by the Jornal do Brasil and the Encyclopaedia Britannica of Brazil.
During the period form 1992 to 1994, he worked at the National Library
Foundation, where he held the positions of Advisor and, later, Chief of the
Sound Archives and Musical Division.
Some of his works were granted awards and prizes in national and
international composition contests, including: Brincadêra dum matroá, for
choir, Toré, dos cabocolinhos, for string orchestra, and Divertimento...
mesmo, version for nonet, finalists in the 1st National Composition Contest
promoted by the Madrigal Renascentista de Belo Horizonte in 1974, the
composition contests promoted by the Government of Paraíba State in 1976,
and by the Goethe Institute in 1977, respectively; Micro-concerto no. 1,
for flute and chamber orchestra, honourable mention at the Esso Prize for
Classical Music of 1979; Contradição for septet, second prize winner at the
Latin-American Composition Contest, promoted by the Goethe Institute of
Munich of 1975; Suite Quadrada for guitar, second prize winner at the
National Composition Contest, promoted by INM/Funarte and Vitale
Publishers in 1978-79; Cobras e Lagartos, for choir and orchestra, "Best
creative work" award of the MPB-Shell Contest, promoted by Globo Television
Network in 1981.
He has been commissioned to write several pieces, most notably: O Morcego,
for choir, commissioned by INM/Funarte in 1978; Peça de confronto para coro
misto juvenil (descontraído!), for choir, commissioned by Jornal do Brasil
for the 7th Choir Contest of Rio de Janeiro in 1980; Conversa Mole, for
bass and piano, requested by INM/Funarte in 1982; Ária para Sônia, for
orchestra, commissioned in 1985 by the Rio Foundation for the Brazilian
Music Orchestra conducted by Roberto Gnattali; Rhapsody around the clock,
arrangement on rock themes for orchestra, requested by the organising
committee of the 2nd Rock in Rio festival (Artplan Advertising and Globo TV
Network) in 1990; Peace to the City, for soprano, violin, violoncello and
piano, commissioned by the World Council of Churches for Expo-Hannover 2000.
Since 1976, the composer has taken part in various different events related
to music held in Brazil, such as: Contemporary Brazilian Music Biennial,
organised by Funarte; New Music Festival of Santos City; Contemporary Music
Festival of São Paulo City; the Music of the 20th Century series, promoted
by Jornal do Brasil and The Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra, between 1980 and
1984; Rio de Janeiro Choir Contest, promoted by Jornal do Brasil;
Up-To-Date Brazilian Music Panorama, held by the Federal University of Rio
de Janeiro School of Music, as of 1978; Encounters with Brazilian
Contemporary netic, a UNI-Rio university initiative form 1983 to 1984;
Contemporary Music Festival of Belo Horizonte City, and also several music
festivals held in Brasilia, Salvador, Porto Alegre and other major
Abroad his works have been performed in Latin America (Mexico, Venezuela,
Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay), Europe (Great Britain,
France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands),
United States, Africa (Angola), and have featured in Brazilian Music
Exhibitions in Japan (1976) and Canada (1978).
During the years 1995 and 1996, the composer was Director of the Music
Division of the Arts and Culture Municipal Institute - RIOARTE, the unit in
charge of promoting several musical events in Rio de Janeiro City, as well
as publishing CDs and scores.