About Iura de Rezende
Clarinetist Dr. Iura de Rezende has appeared as a performing artist in venues throughout the US, South America, and Europe, such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Stadt Casino in Basel, Sala Guiomar Novaes Rio de Janeiro, and at universities throughout North and South America. As a soloist he has performed with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Neues Orchester Basel. An avid chamber musician, Iura has collaborated with musicians from around the world, including Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses (former member of the Beaux-Arts Trio and Professor of Cello at Bern Conservatory), Russian pianist Jacob Katsnelson (Piano professor at the Moscow Conservatory), Boris Lifanovsky (principal cellist at the Bolshoi Ballet), and many other musicians from Europe, the US, Canada and South America. Dr. Rezende collaborates with composers on a regular basis, including George Rochberg in his work Contra Mortem et Tempus, in a recital sponsored by the Paul Sacher Foundation in Switzerland, as well as with composer Gualtiero Dazzi on tour in France and Switzerland. Dr. Rezende was a member of the OFICINA MUSICA VIVA New Music Ensemble, with whom he recorded several projects for broadcast television in Brazil, including Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du Temps, Luciano Berios’ Sequenza IXa for clarinet, and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Quartet for clarinet and strings. Exploring the full spectrum of the classical clarinet repertoire, he also performs early music on historical instruments. Besides having worked as principal clarinet at the Neues Orchester Basel in Switzerland, Dr. Rezende frequently receives invitations to collaborate with orchestral ensembles in his native Brazil.
In addition to his artistic activities, Dr. Rezende was a Professor of Clarinet at the Federal University of São João del Rei in Brazil. He has taught master classes at universities and schools of music throughout the United States, Brazil and South America. As a scholar, he supervises research in the fields of clarinet repertoire, and music performance. He presented research articles at the most widely attended music performance conference in Brazil (ANPPOM), and at the Web Audio Conference 2021, held in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, he has published in and serves on the editorial board of the premier clarinet magazine in Brazil.
After concluding his undergraduate studies in his home country, Dr. Rezende completed a double master’s degree at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland, receiving a Soloist Diploma for his outstanding performance of Sandor Veress’ Clarinet Concerto, and a clarinet pedagogy diploma. After continuing his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Rezende obtained a doctorate in Clarinet Performance, Music History and Literature, and Early Music Performance from Indiana University at Bloomington as a Fulbright scholar.
In 2020, Dr. Rezende won the FUNARTE (Brazilian National Foundation for the Arts) Respirarte prize for his video recording of Brahms’ Clarinet quintet, op.115.