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Benjamin Coelho




Alan Huckleberry, piano

SUMMER SERENADE (1983; revised 1989)
Songs and Dances


DRAKE MABRY (b.1950)
DUO for bassoon and piano (2008)

PAUL JELESCU (1901-1989)
RAPSODIE DOBROGEANA – Pentru fagot si pian (1953)

JOSE SIQUEIRA (1907-1985)

modinha  /  allegro scherzoso

HYE-KYUNG LEE (b.1959)

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Brazilian-American bassoonist BENJAMIN COELHO has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician around the world, including the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Panama, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada and the Czech Republic. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Alaria Chamber Ensemble of New York and the Gramado Woodwind Quintet and Contemporary Music Group of Minas Gerais, both of Brazil. As a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, Mr. Coelho performed numerous recitals and concert tours throughout the United States. The group won various chamber music competitions including Artists International, Coleman, and Monterey Peninsula Chamber Music Competition, and in 1987 played a sold-out concert at Weill Recital Hall in New York. An enthusiastic proponent of new music, Mr. Coelho has commissioned, performed and recorded many works by European, American and Latin American composers.


In the United States, Mr. Coelho has played with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony in Iowa, Camerata Chamber Orchestra in Indiana, Bloomington Pops Orchestra in Indiana, Bronx Opera Company in New York and Orchestra Iowa. Currently, he is the principal bassoonist with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Coelho has also performed extensively in Brazil, and has held principal positions with symphony orchestras in Rio de Janeiro, Campinas and Belo Horizonte.

As a recording artist, Benjamin Coelho boasts an impressive catalog. His recordings include Bassoon Images from the Americas (Albany Records, 2003), Bravura Bassoon (Crystal Records, 2005), Pas de Trois (Crystal Records, 2006) and Explorations (MSR Classics, 2007). As a member of the group Wizards! A Double Reed Consort, Coelho has recorded two CDs released by Crystal and Boston Records in 2000 and 2003, respectively.

Benjamin Coelho attended Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Purchase and the Tatuí Conservatory in his native Brazil. His major teachers include Clóvis Franco, Donald MacCourt, Arthur Weisberg and Kim Walker. Currently Professor of Bassoon at the University of Iowa where he has been since 1998, Coelho also served as Vice-Dean and Bassoon Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Pianist Alan Huckleberry is recognized as a multi-faceted artist on the classical music scene. Huckleberry has performed in recital as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Australia, Central America, South America and the United States with a repertoire that includes not only the standard works of the piano literature, but new music of young composers as well. His ardent support of contemporary music is evidenced by a long list of compositions which were written for him. Among the many 20th and 21st century styles he enjoys, he is particularly interested in contemporary rags and other genres.

In addition to his performing career, Dr. Huckleberry is equally passionate about his role as an educator. He is currently Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Arts at the University of Iowa, where he heads the piano pedagogy program, which is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the leading programs in the nation. Huckleberry is also a sought-after speaker on pedagogical topics, and has given talks at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and Music Teachers National Conference (MTNA). At the University of Iowa, he maintains a studio of gifted national and international students.

A native of Indiana, Huckleberry began serious piano studies in Germany with Polish pianist Barbara Szczepanska. Further studies at the conservatories of Karlsruhe and Cologne with Japanese pedagogue Naoyuki Taneda and German pianist Josef Scherrer solidified a diverse and international musical background. He then returned to the United States to complete his studies with Arthur Greene at the University of Michigan.


"This is Benjamin Coelho’s fifth CD since 2004, and it is a joy when a new one arrives to be reviewed... most of Mr Coelho’s efforts have promoted the various timbral possibilities on the bassoon — alone or with other instruments. There are many examples here of how the bassoon’s color can adapt to its surroundings... [other pieces] are delightful journeys of music, color, and tone... Mr Coelho’s creativity in programming the album is appreciated by his listeners. His performance and accompaniment by Alan Huckleberry are inspiring."
Schwartz, American Record Guide - March/April 2012


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