Hometown: La Paz, Bolivia
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Duo Imantata is composed of Eduardo Cassapia (oboe) and Rachel Browne (harp).
Rachel was born in Independence, Missouri and began her musical studies at the age of four, with piano in preparation for her dream of playing the harp. She began harp with Wesley Kelley at the age of ten, performing with her father (bass) in various folkloric festivals such as Silver Dollar City in Branson, and also with her mother in their classical flute and harp duo. She was first place winner of the American Harp Society national competition in 1999, and the same year was invited as soloist by the Kansas City Civic Symphony in 1999 to play Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances. Rachel received the first place award from the National Alliance for Excellence “ALEX” Competition in 2001, and was invited to play at the University Cathedral of Dr. Gene Scott in Los Angeles for an international live television/radio audience of a million later that year. She has participated as harpist in numerous orchestras in the United States, such as the Independence Symphony, the St. Joseph Symphony, the Muncie Symphony, and others, and in various musical festivals, such as Tanglewood at Boston University, Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee, and the Salzedo Harp Colony in Maine. She graduated in music from Ball State University cum laude in 2005, where she was the recipient of a full-ride scholarship and studied with Professor Elizabeth Richter. While at Ball State, she won first place in the Undergraduate Soloist Competition, obtaining an invitation to play a solo recital in Osaka, Japan, in 2003 at the Osaka Women´s University. Later that year she realized musical and cultural studies in Vienna, Austria. While at the university, she also enjoyed participating in the traditional Gospel Choir and in ETC, a modern Christian poetry and dance troupe. She is currently the principal harpist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, and is member of Duo Imantata with her husband, Eduardo Cassapia, who plays oboe, English horn and native instruments, exploring the music of many cultures.
Eduardo Cassapia was born in the city of La Paz, Bolivia. Eduardo began his musical studies in the Conservatory of the Andes under the direction of Gerardo Yañez, concentrating on musical theory of traditional Andean music, while beginning the oboe with Gustova Oroza and Victor Alarcón in the National Conservatory of Music in the Classical style. In 2002 he was given a scholarship to Madrid for oboe classes with Hansjorg Schellenberger (ex-soloist of the Berlin Philharmonic) and also studied with Jesús Garrigues in Astorga, Spain.
As a member of the musical group Chacaltaya, he represented Bolivia in various folkloric festivals in Germany 1996-1998 through ethnic music and dance. During this period he also studied classical oboe with Piotr Glaetsner in Ulm, performing in the Willy Brandt complex in Berlin and in the Radio Youth Orchestra of Balingen as invited oboist. An anthropologist specialized in ethnomusicology, Eduardo was invited to dictate classes in his field at the Rudolf Steiner School in Balingen, and during this time, studied oboe with Christian Hommel, oboist of the Symphony Orchestra of Freiburg. In Berlin he also was a private student of Arvo Part in composition and conducting.
Upon his return, he has performed concertos various times as a soloist with both the National Conservatory of Music and with the National Symphony Orchestra, touring several cities of Bolivia. He was also an invited soloist of the Peru Chamber Orchestra, performing also with the contemporary ensamble of the School of Music of Lima. He is also the co-first chair oboist and English horn soloist for the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, and member of Duo Imantata with his wife Rachel Browne.