Ricardo Vasconcellos has worked intensively in recording sessions and live performances, with Brazilian popular artists like Nara Leão, Marisa Gata Mansa, Antônio Adolfo, Zé Rodrix, and others, despite his education and dedication to classical music as a bassist. A member of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro (Symphonic Orchestra of the National Theater Cláudio Santoro) and professor of the Escola de Música de Brasília (Music School of Brasília), Vasconcellos studied conducting with Cláudio Santoro and is a graduate of the School of Music of the University of Brasília. His interest in the fusion of popular and classical music dates back to 1976 when he won a grant from the research agency CNPq, which yielded the creation of the Trio. Vasconcellos orchestrated the international program Amazônia Viva for voice (Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil), choir, and orchestra, and wrote the arrangements for the Quarteto de Brasília CD Clássicos da Música Popular Brasileira.
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