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 Biography

Geisa Felipe was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and began having flute lessons at age 10.  Her teachers were Celso Woltzenlogel (Professor at the University of Music in Rio - PHD and president of the Brazilian Flute Association), Eduardo Monteiro (professor at the same university) and Renato Axelrud (Principal flute of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra). Her tertiary education in Brazil was undertaken at the School of Music at the National University of Rio de Janeiro. Conjointly to her musical studies, Geisa Felipe also completed a Bachelors degree in Pharmacology.

In 2004, Geisa Felipe began her study towards an Artistic Diploma at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, with Professor Felix Renggli, which she completed in July 2006.

In the following semester, after successfully completing a very competitive audition process, Geisa Felipe gained a place in the Soloists Class also at the Freiburg Musikhochschule.In addition to her flute lessons with Felix Renggli she has regular  Piccolo lessons with Jutta Pulcini and studies Baroque Flute  with Karl Kaiser. 

In July 2008 she concluded the "Solistendiplom" with "Auszeichnung" (first class honors), the highest postgraduate degree in Germany.

 

Important Competitions and Solo Performances
 

*In 2010 she takes part at "The 2nd Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition", China


* In September 2008, she takes part of the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition, in Paris, France.
* In November 2007, she progressed to the second round of the Maxence Larrieu First International Flute Competition, Nice, France.

* In April 2007, she was placed second in the International Flute Competition, in Volos, Greece, during the Flute Convention held there.
* Scholarship from Fundacao Vitae do Brasil, Sao Paulo that enabled study with Felix Renggli at the Musikhochschule Freiburg between 2004 and 2005.
* Scholarship Adelhaus Stiftung and Rosemberg Stiftung- Freiburg-Germany.
* July 2003 - Winner of the Brazilian National Competition "Nelson Freire" for talented new string, wind and piano players. The prize involved a performance, as a soloist with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, in the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, in September 2003. 
* As a result of winning the "Nelson Freire" competition, Geisa was then invited to perform as a soloist with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, as part of the "Aquarius Project". The concert was held outdoors in Botafogo Bay in November 2003 before a crowd of 50.000.
* Third National Competition for Young Soloists from the Petrobrás Symphony Orchestra -2002- Armando Prazeres Prize- resulting in soloist performances with the same orchestra in April and Juni 2002. The April concert being performed in the Sala Cecília Mierelles, Rio de Janeiro, with the conductor Roberto Tibiricá. 
* Finalist in the 5th National Prêmio Weril Competition - Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, in May 2002. Of 175 canidates , only 10 musicians were chosen for the final round. 
* Winner of the 1st National Competiton for young Soloists from the Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia. Solist performances with the same orchestra in November 2002, in Teatro Castro Alves, Salvador, Bahia. 
* First place in the internal competition for solists of the OSBJ, Brazilian Youth Symphony Orchestra - Concert in Teatro Joao Caetano, 2001,Rio.  
* "Maestro Armando Prazeres Prize" ,in 2000, in the Petrobrás Symphony Orchestra National Soloists Competiton with Special Mention. Leading to two performances as soloist, in Sala Cecília Meirelles, with the conductor Roberto Tibiricá. 
* Shared first Prize.Ninth Rotary National Competition for Young Instrumentalists (all instruments).  Campinas, Sao Paulo, 1999. 
* Third Prize National flute competion, Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, 2001. 
* 2nd Place,Second National Flute Competition, held by the Brazilian Flute Association,  in under 21 age group, 1997.
* 3rd Place, First National Flute Competion from the Brazilian Flute Association, 1995, in under 17 ager group.
* Soloist with the Youth Orchestra of the School of Music of the University of Rio de Janeiro. 
* Winner in the Competition for Soloists of the Symphony Orchestra of the School of Music of the University of Rio de Janeiro, 1993, when she was 14.

 

Festivals / Teaching


Over 10 years Geisa Felipe took part in holiday classical music courses in Brazil, recieving tuition from some of Brazils and internationals most famous teachers.
They took place in Rio, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Pocos de Caldas, Juiz de Fora, Campos do Jordao, etc. A selection of these courses: 


*   Chamber music course with the Wind Quintet from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
*   First (1995) and third (1997) International Flute Festival of the Brazilian Flute Association
*   First International Flute Festival in Tatuí, Sao Paulo, 2003
*   Firts International Flute Festival of Sao Paulo, 1998 

- Venezuelan government exchange organised by the Simon Bolívar Conservatory, in Caracas, in 1998.

- August 2005: invited to participate in the 55th Bayreuth Young Artists Festival, under the direction of Prof.Dr.Peter Gülke and a chamber music course with Ernst-Burghard Hilse ( during 25 years solo principal flute with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra ). 

In 2004, Geisa Felipe was invited to give a recital and master class at  the VI International Flute Festival  of the Brazilian Flute Association. 

In July 2009 she is flute teacher at the 20th Festival Internacional de Música  Brasileira e Música Antiga de Juiz de Fora - Brazil.

Since 2009 Geisa Felipe teachs at Musikschule im Breisgau.

 


Master Classes


Geisa Felipe has participated in master classes with both Brazilian and international teachers. Including: Aurèle Nicolet, Michel Debost, Alain Marion, Paula Robinson, Mary Clardy, Angeleita Floyd, Robert Dick, Emmanuel Pahud, Michael Hasel, Izvan Matuz, Davide Formisano, Cristina Faßbender, Gunhild Ott, Michel Bellavance, Rogério Wolf, Benoit Fromanger, Jacques Zoon.

 

Concerts and Chamber Music
 

Geisa Felipe is frequently invited to play in concert venues in Brazil and in Europe as soloist and as part of a flute and piano duo. She also performs chamber music with the guitarrist Turíbio Santos (director of the Villa-Lobos Museum) and with the Villa-Lobos Wind Quintet.

 

Orchestral Experience
 

2009 to 2011 Principal Flute with Heidelberger Sinfoniker and Mannheimer Mozart Orchester - Germany

2009/2010 Phillarmonie der Nationen - Germany

2008-2009 Temporary contract as  Principal Flute with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, OSESP, including Brazil tour in november 2008

2005 Principal Flute at 55th.Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth, Germany

2000-2004  Principal Flute at the Young Brazilian Symphony Orchestra ( OSB Jovem )

2002 Principal Flute at Young Symphony Orchestra from Mercosul, tour South America

1999-2004 Temporary contracts as first and second flutes with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra ( OSB ), including tour in Brazil.


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