Music at Noon - George Amorim, double bass

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 6:15am - 7:00am
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
12:15 p.m.
U of L Recital Hall, W570


Double bassist George Amorim career is marked by versatility and creativity as a performer and educator. Mr. Amorim is on the faculty of the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, TX, where he directs the UTPA Chamber Orchestra and the Pan American Bass Ensemble. Before joining the UTPA Music Department, George served the University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow, assistant to the world renowned performer and pedagogue Jeff Bradetich.
His performances have taken him to Europe and across Central, South and North America, with performance credentials that include eight years as a full time member of the Paraná State Symphony and Recife Symphony Orchestras in Brazil and, since 2003 he has been a member of the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra under Phillip Entremont. Currently George serves the Valley Symphony Orchestra as co-principal and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in addition to regular guest appearances with various ensembles in the United States, Europe and Brazil. As a soloist Mr. Amorim was a prize winner at the Paraíba Music Award in 1996, the Young Talents Award in 1999 and both the Honorina Barra International Chamber Music Competition and the Curitiba Chamber Music Award in 1999 with Zenamon Quintet - an ensemble devoted to the promotion of the music of Latin American composers.
An educator in demand, Mr. Amorim has had articles published on double bass pedagogy on Bass World and Strings journals and has been featured clinician, adjudicator and consultant in several states and abroad, most recently at the 2006 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, TX and at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Oklahoma City in 2007. Among his latest teaching activities are master classes at the Corservatório Nacional de Música in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and master classes and lectures in Brazil, at Carlos Gomes Conservatório in Belém, Teatro Guaíra in Curitiba and State University of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis in 2008.
Mr. Amorim heads a thriving double bass studio at UTPA, which inspired him to create the ¡Viva el Bajo! South Texas Double Bass Masterclass, an annual event that attract bassists from across Texas and Mexico for a weekend that includes guest artist recitals, master classes and the Pan American Young Bassist Program. Mr. Amorim spends his summers teaching and performing in various programs such as Pan American Music Festival, the Traveling Notes Cultural Exchange Program for Young Musicians, and is happy to return to the Abilene Summer Music Festival in 2009. Mr. Amorim performs on an Italian double bass from the late 1700’s and a bow made by Marco Pasquino.