João Guilherme Ripper

Brazilian composer and conductor (Rio de Janeiro, 1959 - )

João Guilherme Ripper is a Brazilian composer and conductor highly appraised by his peers. His works appear in the repertoire of all major ensembles and institutions in Brazil.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, João Guilherme Ripper studied composition and conducting at his hometown’s Federal University. In 1994, he moved to the United States where he continued his doctoral studies at the American Catholic University of Washington, which he furthered by studying conducting at the Universities of Mendoza and Buenos Aires.

During his stay in Washington, D. C., João Guilherme Ripper participated in the creation of an amateur music training program for adult continuing education in Montgomery County, where he taught music theory, harmony, choral singing, composition and orchestration, and promoted new creation. In 1997, he returned to Rio de Janeiro, where he taught composition, music analysis and harmony at the Federal University and held senior positions in higher education.

João Guilherme Ripper has conducted important ensembles from Latin America: the Symphony Orchestra of Brasilia National Theatre, the Mendoza Cuyo Symphony Orchestra, the Rio de Janeiro National Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo Sinfonia Cultura Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. From 2001 to 2005, he was the musical director of the Pantanal Chamber Orchestra in Mato Grosso do Sul.

João Guilherme Ripper’s works have been performed in Brazil and abroad. His symphonic works are part of the greatest Brazilian orchestras’s repertoire and he has received commissions from major Brazilian institutions. Parallel to his career as a composer, João Guilherme Ripper has been the director of Salle Cecília Meireles since 2004, one of the most important concert halls in Rio de Janeiro, where he has raised the concert programme to an international level. João Guilherme Ripper is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Music, an institution that brings together renowned composers, conductors and musicologists.

Five landmark date in the life of João Guilherme Ripper:

1996: Chamber Symphony for Winds for the Catholic University Brass Ensemble
2000: Creation of Abertura Concertante, commissioned by the Akron Symphony Orchestra for the celebration of Brazil's 500th anniversary.
2000: His chamber opera Domitila received the distinction of best chamber music work by the National Association of Brazilian Critics.
2007: He was guest composer at the Latin America Festival at Nicholls State University.
2008: He was composer in residence of the 39th International Music Festival of Campos do Jardão: there he created Olhos de Capitu for soprano, reciter and orchestra.