Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Fernando Rocha is professor of percussion at Minas Gerais Federal University (UFMG) in Brazil. In 2015/16 he was a Visiting Scholar at University of Virginia (UVa). He holds a doctoral degree from McGill University, where he researched the performance of pieces for percussion and electronics, and studied with Aiyun Huang and D’Arcy Philip Gray. As a performer, Fernando Rocha has premiered percussion works by composers such as Lewis Nielson, Douglas Boyce, Jacob Sudol (USA), Sérgio Freire, Sílvio Ferraz, Roberto Victorio, Edson Zampronha (Brazil), João Pedro Oliveira (Portugal), Nicolas Gilbert and Geof Holbrook (Canada). He has appeared in several music festivals in Brazil as both a soloist and a chamber musician, and he has also played in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, USA, Portugal, Germany, France and Canada. He is currently a member of the Duo Qattus (with cellist Elise Pittenger), Tectum (percussion and electronics), and Musical Director of Sonante 21 and the UFMG Percussion Ensemble.