#2: An Interview with Simone Menezes

Today I’m with conductor Simone Menezes, talking about her career from starting out playing the flute to founding the Camerata Latino Americana.


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Simone Menezes is an Italo-Brazilian conductor widely recognized for her artistic leadership and creativity. She founded and leaded the Camerata Latino Americana, a chamber orchestra that has attracted the attention of the International Society for the Performing Arts in New York due to the innovative and creative quality of its output. She also created and works as adviser to and conductor of the “Villa-Lobos Project”, an international project dedicated to the performance of Villa Lobos around the world. The project is supported by Funarte – the Brazilian Arts Foundation. She has recorded 2 CDs and premiered over 20 works. She also works with Philharmonie de Paris and Orchestre d’Auvergne for the Demos Project. Simone Menezes collaborates with Paavo Jarvi, Marin Alsop, Ole Antonsen, Thomas Adès, among others. Recently engagements include orchestras such as Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra (Holland), Orchestre National d’Ile de France (France), Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional (Rio de Janeiro – Brazil), Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), Osaka Symphony Orchestra, between others.

The music discussed in this podcast is:

Heitor Villa-Lobos, ‘Uirapuru’.

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9.

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Choros No. 6.

Heitor Villa-Lobos, ‘Sextuor mystique’.

Dobrinka Tabakova, ‘Homage to Schubert’.

Lera Auerbach, ‘Serenade for a Melancholic Sea’.

And you can watch Simone conducting the Camerata Latino Americana performing extracts from Villa-Lobos Choros no. 5.


The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).