Updated on May 10, 2012The Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival (June 30 to July 29, 2012), the largest classical music event in Latin America, brings great contemporary performers to Campos do Jordão, SP.
Attended by over 70,000 people, the festival is also a great opportunity for music students – in 2010, 180 scholarships were given to students from Brazil and abroad.
The festival is officially named after Dr. Luis Arrobas Martins, who created the event.
This year, the festival is promoted by São Paulo State's Secretariat of Culture in a partnership with the Osesp Foundation, which also manages the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Sala São Paulo.
The 2012 festival's artistic director is Arthur Nestrovski. An accomplished acoustic guitar player, essayist and book author with a doctorate in literature and music from The University of Iowa, Nestrovski has also been Osesp's artistic director since 2010.
This year's festival orchestra conductors are Marin Alsop (US), Sir Richard Armstrong (England) and Giancarlo Guerrero (Costa Rica). Other international conductors featured this year are Carlos Kalmar (Uruguay) and Thomas Dausgaard (Denmark). Among the outstanding Brazilian conductors in the festival program are Isaac Karabtchevsky, Jamil Maluf and choir director Naomi Munakata.
The program includes 13 orchestras, two quartets, two symphonic bands and four choirs. Great performers, such as pianists Nelson Freire (Brazil) and Olga Kopylova (Russia) and violin players Sarah Chang (US) and Theodora Geraets (Netherlands) have been invited to the festival.
The complete list of featured ensembles and musicians is available on the 43rd Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival website and other updates on the São Paulo Culture Secretariat website.
Concerts in São Paulo:
Besides the concerts in Campos do Jordao, the festival has special events in the capital. As of this update, two concerts have already been scheduled to take place on July 1 and 2 at Sala São Paulo, the state-of-the-art venue in the city center. Keep up with updates on the festival website.