Ricardo Januário Ribeiro Ferreira was born in Mirandela in 1984. He began his musical studies at the age of 12 at the “Escola Profissional de Arte de Mirandela (Esproarte)” – Mirandela Vocational School of the Arts, under professor Arnold Richard Allum. From 2002 to 2007 he studied under Eliaz Arizcuren and Ran Varon at the Utrecht University of Music in the Netherlands, where he graduated with distinction in Music Teaching and Performance.
Throughout that period, he enjoyed the sustained support and dedication of the great cellist and teacher Madalena de Sá e Costa. He dedicated his final course dissertation to Madalena de Sá e Costa; and he wrote his professional aptitude test under the title: “The life and works of Madalena de Sá e Costa”.
He has attended master classes with cellists of international renown, including: Paulo Gaio Lima, Miguel Rocha, Pieter Wispelwey, Anner Bylsma, Patrick Demenga, Márcio Carneiro, Dimitri Perlin, Dimitri Fertshman, Timora Rosler, Raphael Wolfish, Jeroen den Herder, Gavriel Lipkind, Asier Polo and Vivian Makie.
He has played with several groups, including: the Benelux Trio, Modern Quartet, HKU string quartet, Camerata Ibero Americana, Netherlands Camerata, Luso Cello Ensemble, Aproarte, Esproarte, Metropole Erasmus Orchestra, HKU String Orchestra, NSO Orchestra and the Rotterdam Continuo (Opera).
Ricardo has been intensely involved in teaching since 2007. He taught a Young Talent class at Utrecht, taught cello and was the orchestra director and coordinator of the Mirandela Generation Orchestra project. He has been a cello teacher at the Mirandela Academy of Music, coorinator of stringed instruments at the Bragança Music Conservatory, cello teacher at Esproarte and leader of the Esproarte symphony orchestra.
He has regularly performed solo in concerts, with orchestras, in duets and trios, playing in major musical centres. He has conducted master classes throughout Portugal, including Braga, Bragança and Seia, as well as abroad in France and Switzerland. He has also been a teacher in master classes given by the International String Academy, assisting Professor Ran Varon.
He is currently cello tutti with the orquestra do norte (orchestra of the north)
And this is his very first solo-album; it´s a private release and you can buy this CD if you are lucky enough to meet Ricardo Januario in the streets of Porto.
And it´s a brilliant CD: a perfect mixture between classical and avantgarde music, I guess, this is probably one of the best albums I ever presented in this blog.
All you have to do is to listen and to marvel … In other words: A fantastic album !
And I add as a bonus two more songs, which I found on youtube !
01. Braun Inspiration 7.07
02. Drawing 6.44
03. Vivents 3.56
04. Do You Felt 4.07
05. Looping 8.35
06. Loving Pizz 4.05
07. Final Sketch 7.25
08. Voyage (bonus track) 7.32
09. Cello and Live Electronics – Full improvisation (bonus track) 11.44
Music composed by Ricardo Januario