Iura de Rezende

Brazilian clarinetist Iura de Rezende has appeared as a performing artist in venues throughout the United States, South America, and Europe, such as the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Stadt Casino in Basel, Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro and at universities throughout North and South America. As soloist he has performed with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Neues Orchester Basel and in many music festivals such as Ticino Musica (Switzerland), Le Jardin Musicaux (Switzerland), Festival de Maio (Brazil), Festival Nacional Alonso Marín (Colombia), Encuentro de Clarinetistas in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). 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. Iura 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. de Rezende was a member of the OFICINA MUSICA VIVA New Music Ensemble, with whom he recorded several projects for broadcast television, 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, he frequently receives invitations to collaborate with orchestral ensembles in his native Brazil.

In addition to his artistic activities, Iura was a Professor of Clarinet at the Federal University of São João del Rei in Brazil for over 15 years. He has taught master classes at universities and schools of music throughout the United States, Brazil, Europe and South America.

After concluding his undergraduate studies in his home country, Iura completed a double master's degree at the Academy of Music in Basel (Switzerland), receiving the Soloist Diploma for his performance of Sandor Veress’ Clarinet Concerto at the annual Concerto Competition and a clarinet pedagogy diploma. After continuing his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin, he 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, Iura won the FUNARTE (Brazilian National Foundation for the Arts) RespirArte prize for his video recording of Brahms' Clarinet quintet, op.115.

In 2022 he was appointed assistant professor of clarinet at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.

Iura de Rezende performs on Vandoren V12 Reeds, a BD4 mouthpiece, and an Optimum ligature

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