Nightmosphere at Gramado in Concert

My piece, Nightmosphere for oboe and percussion will be performed Tuesday, on the 7th of February during the festival Gramado in Concert, which takes place in the southern Brazil in this period.

The performers are oboist Peter Hemsley Apps and percussionist Ricardo Bologna.

Peter Apps – Professor of Oboe at Instituto Baccarelli, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A member of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), he has played under conductors such as Marin Alsop, Vasily Petrenko, Heinz Holliger, Kurt Masur, Vasily Petrenko, Osmo Vanska, Thomas Dausgaard, Eiji Oue, Sir Georg Solti, and many more.
He also works regularly with various ensembles such as the Camerata LatinoAmericana, Sao Paulo Bach Collegium and Bachiana Sesi -SP Philharmonic.
As a soloist he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin in the fields, the Orchestra of St Luke’s.
An active chamber musician, he is a member of the Kaleidos Quintet and works extensively with the contemporary group Percorso Ensemble.
Peter has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, New England Bach Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Chigiana Festival (Italy), Brasilia Festival (Brasil), Curitiba festival (Brasil), the Campos Do Jordao Festival (Brasil), among others.
With the Sao Paulo Symphony and as a soloist he has appeared on over 35 recordings for Meridian records (UK) , BIS (Sweden) and Naxos, 8 of which have received Grammy nominations.
He owns a farm in the centre of Brazil that has become an ecological reserve for native trees.
Peter plays a Marigaux 901 oboe.

Ricardo Bologna is Principal conductor at the São Paulo University Orchestra, artistic director of the “Percorso Ensemble”, teacher end head of the percussion department at the São Paulo University (USP) and Principal timpani et the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). From 2008 to 2011 he was Principal Conductor at the São Paulo Youth Orchestra. 

As a teacher and soloist he has appeared in many music festivals and concerts around the world (Geneva, Paris, Rome, Naples, Budapeste, Istambul, Berlin, Koln, New York, Tokio, Osaka, Campos do Jordão/Brazil).

As a conductor he worked with orchestras such as the Minas Gerais, São Bernardo do Campo, University of São Paulo symphony orchestras;  Minas Gerais Philarmonic Orchestra; Amazon, São State Orchestra (OSESP), Curitiba, and São Paulo chamber orchestras and Camerata Aberta chamber ensemble among others.

In 2002 he won the 1st Prize at the Eleazar de Carvalho Conducting Competition. He has founded also in 2002 the Percorso Ensemble, a music group that performs XX century and contemporary music. They have recorded 3 CDs: Berio +, featuring L. Berio`s music; “Música Plural”, presenting young brazilian composers and Ligeti +, featuring the first brazilian recording of G. Ligeti`s “Kammerkonzert” for 13 instrumentalists.

For the past 20 years he has been working with Eduardo Leandro in the Duo Contexto. A percussion duo devoted to percussion music which has done more than 30 commissions from brazilian and foreign composers. The duo has appeared in many venues and festivals in the South and North America, Europe and Japan. They have released their first CD in 2009 ( focused on brazilian music). The second CD was released in 2011, featuring swiss works for percussion duo and flute, with Verena Bosshart.

He was guest percussionist at the “Orchestre de la Suisse Romande” (Fabio Luisi, Kurt Sanderling, Armin Jordan, Heiz Holliger, conductors) and “Ensemble Contrechamps”- Switzerland.

Bacharelor degree at the São Paulo State University (UNESP), Master degree at the “Haute École de Musique de Genève” – Switzerland and Artist Diploma at the Rotterdam Conservatory – Holland.

Elizabeth del Grande,John Boudler, William Blank, Yves Brustaux e Robert Van Sice were his main teachers. Kenneth Kiesler is his mentor on conducting.

Nightmosphere was written in 2006 and originally performed by the percussionist Alexandru Matei and oboist Oleg Balanuta.

Later edit:

The performance took place in the São Pedro Church, you can see the recording here:


Thank you Peter and Ricardo, that was an extraordinary performance!