João Guilherme Ripper (b. Rio de Janeiro, 1959) graduated from the School of Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he studied composition with Ronaldo Mirando and Henrique Morelenbaum and conducting with Roberto Duarte. Mr. Ripper completed his masters degree in composition in 1993 with the publication of Musica sacre--uma nova proposta (Sacred Music--A New Proposal), which grew out of his work Missa Festiva (Festive Mass). He completed his doctoral degree at Catholic University in 1997 and participated in advanced courses in Brazil and Italy, including a class in orchestral conducting given by Luciano Bellini.
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Jão Guilherme Ripper
Mr. Ripper's works are frequently performed in leading concert halls in Brazil and abroad. In 1987 his work Rio São Francisco--imagem sinfônica (San Francisco River--Symphonic Image), written as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Heitor Villa-Lobos, received its world premiere in Italy. Mr. Ripper participated in BrazilFest '91 at The University of Akron, where his works Libera me for soprano and organ, and Romaria for wind quintet were performed and in 1993 he was the only Latin-American composer invited to participate in the "Incontri di Musica Sacra Contemporanea" in Rome. For this event he composed Confiteor--a work for tenor and chamber orchestra, which received its premiere performance at the opening concert, held in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Mr. Ripper also organizes major contemporary music festivals, including the Biennial Festival of Contemporary Brazilian Music (IBAC) and the Panorama of Current Brazilian Music (UFRJ). He founded and directs the Opus Canorum choir, which performs sacred music, principally Gregorian chant. In addition, he has written music for Quintana, now being performed by the Contemporary Ballet of Rio de Janeiro. Currently he is professor of musical analysis and composition at the School of Music at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Estácio de Sá University, where he also serves as curriculum coordinator.