Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Web site: http://www.users.muohio.edu/averbach/index.html
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Ricardo Averbach began his professional career as assistant conductor and later Acting Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the largest professional orchestra in Brazil, in 1988.
After receiving a Doctoral Degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan, Dr. Averbach has maintained a professional relationship with several leading international orchestras and organizations in 4 continents, having conducted in Bulgaria, Russia, Portugal, Italy, Luxembourg, France, China, Brazil, Azerbaijan, Ecuador and United States.
Presently Dr. Averbach is Music Director of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Chamber Orchestra and Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, while maintaining a diverse schedule as guest conductor in several countries. His CDs have already sold over half a million copies and his recordings were broadcast in over 50 countries. His Time Warner TV broadcast of the program “Leopold Stokowski: Making Music Matter,” received the Telly Award in 1999 and his critical edition of an unpublished work by Villa-Lobos will be released by Theodore Presser in October, 2009.
Ricardo Averbach participated in international festivals and competitions such as the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Italy), Tanglewood (USA), the St. Petersburg Palaces International Music Festival (Russia) and is currently a member of the jury at the Hopes, Talents, Masters International Festival/Competition (Bulgaria).
From 1995 until 2001 he was Music Director of the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In 2001 he became a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Education and Community Partnerships and adjudicated their Albert M. Greenfield Competition for young soloists. He is currently a member of Committee for the Arts and Innovative Thinking of the Department of Education for the State of Ohio.