Brazilian 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 more than 10 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, Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo and others. His solo debut was at age of 16, since then he has constantly appeared as soloist, performing concerti by Weber, Mozart, Welcher, Rossini and others.
A passionate educator, Mr. Ancelmo was 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 education students. Besides his teaching responsibilities at UI, 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. An advocate of the music of our time, Thiago has been involved in many projects to promote contemporary 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 more than 20 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. In 2015, Khemia has engaged in numerousnational and internationals tours. Khemia released its first album “Voyages” in 2016.
Thiago has an active career as a chamber musician, in Brazil, he was a member of the Quarteto Paulista de Clarinetes, with this group he performed intensely throughout Sao Paulo State. In 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.Recently, he collaborated with established ensemble such Garth Newel Piano Quartet and JACK quartet.
Mr. Ancelmo is convinced of the social power that music has and how it can change entire communities, bringing people together. He has been performing in retirement centers, Nursing house cares, public schools and hospitals. In 2014, he performed in the “International Women’s day” and Funding 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.
Thiago received his Master in Arts in 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 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.