Clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo, has been described and praised by his “virtuoso performance”, “amazed by the performer’s technique”, “listeners were riveted to the performer”.  Thiago has performed in eleven countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and others. Performing in venues such Tonhalle of Zurich, Stadt Casino Basel, Radio Nacional in Cordoba, Sala Sao Paulo, Detroit Orchestra Hall and others.  


A passionate educator, Mr. Ancelmo served as the clarinet teaching assistant at the University of Iowa from 2013 - 2017, in this function he taught clarinet majors and non-majors, chamber music, led weekly seminars and taught clarinet methods and techniques classes for music ed. students. Besides his teaching responsibilities at UI,  he joined the University of Dubuque as adjunct instructor of clarinet and World Music. He is frequently invited to teach at festivals and conferences in South and North America. Recently, he led master classes at distinguished universities, colleges and conservatories in US, Brazil, Colombia, Canada and Argentina. As a researcher, Mr. Ancelmo present lectures and papers on Penderecki’s music for the clarinet at national and international conferences. Most recently his article “Henry Lazarus: The life and repertoire of a leading English clarinetist of the 19th century” was published in the international clarinet association journal, The Clarinet.


As a performer, Thiago keeps an active schedule as orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist. He performs regurlarly with the principal orchestras in Iowa, such as: Orchestra Iowa, Des Moines Symphony and Dubuque Symphony. He have worked with distinguished conductors, like Kurt Masur, Rodolfo Fischer, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Ligia Amadio and others.   He was a member of the Quarteto Paulista de Clarinetes, with this group he performed intensely throughout Sao Paulo State, Brazil. In the USA, he was a member of Ephawk Quartet and Nashat Trio, with these groups he performed, toured and led community engagement concerts in Iowa and Texas. An advocate of the music of our time, Thiago has been involved in many projects to promote new music, both in Brazil, USA and in Switzerland, working with established composers such David Lang, Augusta Read Thomas, Heinz Holliger, as well with rising composers such Carolina Heredia, Barry Sharp, David Biedenbender and many others. He premiered works by composers from Brazil, Iran, China, Greece, US, Argentina, Japan. He is a founding member Khemia Ensemble, a new music chamber group of international musician which mission is to perform music of living composers. Since 2015, Khemia has engaged in numerous national and internationals tours, performed at prestigious music festivals and held residencies at distinguished universities.  Khemia released its first album “Voyages” in 2016 and will record its second album in 2020. Recently, he collaborated with established ensemble such Garth Newel Piano Quartet and JACK quartet. His solo debut was at age of 16, since then he has constantly appeared as soloist, performing concerti by Weber, Mozart, Welcher, Navarro and others.  


Mr. Ancelmo is convinced of the social power that music has and how it can change entire communities, bringing people together. In recent years, he has performed in retirement centers, Nursing homes, public schools and hospitals. In 2014, he performed in the “International Women’s day” and Funding Raising Night for Syrian refugees, events organized by the United Nations local office in Iowa City. Lately, he has been engaging in multidisciplinary collaboration with dancers, visual artists and writers, sharing the stage with artists such as:  Kuldeep Singh, Jennifer kayle, Natali Pacheco Contreras, and many others.   


Thiago received his Master in Arts in Music Performance with high distinction at the Hochschule fur Musik der Stadt Basel, Basel, Switzerland, where he was recipient of Ruth und Hans Rapp Scholarship. Currently, he is a DMA candidate (ABD) in clarinet performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa, where he was awarded with the Iowa Performance Fellowship, by the Graduate College of University of Iowa. His dissertation topic is about Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and his music for clarinet.