NICHOLAS ARBOLINO, OBOE
LEANDRO CARVALHO, GUEST CONDUCTOR
Marcello – Oboe Concerto in C Minor
Mussorgsky – Introduction to Khovantchina: Dawn on the Moscow River
Mussorgsky – Dance of the Persian Maiden from Khovantchina
Tchaikovsky – Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66a
Fernandez – Batuque
Nicholas Arbolino joined the Garland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in 2010, serving as second oboe/English horn and was appointed as the orchestra’s Principal Oboist in 2012. He has appeared as guest Principal Oboist with the Monroe Symphony (LA), the Dallas Chamber Symphony, and the Amarillo Symphony. He routinely appears as a substitute musician with the Irving Symphony, Plano Symphony, and San Angelo Symphony Orchestras. Since his graduation in 2009, Mr. Arbolino won a position with the Orquestra Filarmonique de Santiago (Chile), and was one of fourteen selected semi-finalists for a position with the New York Philharmonic. He earned a Master’s degree, graduating with honors, from the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Veazey, where he was the recipient of the top prize of the College of Music Concerto Competition, the first oboist to have won in nearly 30 years, for his performance of the Ralph Vaughan-Williams Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A minor. Mr. Arbolino has performed in several summer festivals including the Chen International Cultural Arts Festival (Eureka Springs, AR), the Aspen Music Festival and School, and most recently at the Alba Music Festival (Alba, Italy) performing with the members of the Royal Romanian Philharmonic. He continues post-graduate studies with Elaine Douvas and Pedro Diaz, Principal Oboe and Solo English horn for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and faculty of The Juilliard School in New York, NY.
In addition to being a devoted performer, Mr. Arbolino also maintains an extensive private studio in Plano, Frisco and Wylie. Many of his students have continued their musical studies in some of the nation’s most prestigious music schools including DePaul University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music.
In his free time, Nicholas is an avid movie watcher and book fanatic. He also enjoys tennis and studying physics.
Leandro Carvalho is the Assistant Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Mato Grosso State Orchestra in Brazil. In 2008 he was voted as one of the top ten most important classical musical artists of the decade in Brazil by “Anuário Viva Música”, the country’s most important and widely read music industry publication. Still only 37 years of age Carvalho is the youngest artist to be nominated for such an accolade.
Carvalho is the founder of the Mato Grosso State Orchestra and has been the Artistic Director since 2005. Under his direction, the Orchestra has performed more than five hundred concerts all over Brazil and abroad. Together they have recorded several CDs and DVDs featuring the symphonic music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla and many others. He developed himself as a conductor under the supervision of many distinguished artists, such as Leonid Grin in the United States, Valery Gergiev in Holland, George Hurst, Denise Ham and Rodolfo Saglimbeni in England, and Roberto Minczuk and Kurt Masur in Brazil.
Leandro comes from an Italian family that immigrated to Brazil in early thirties. While playing viola in Brazilian orchestras and preparing himself as a conductor, he used to be a virtuoso guitarist, performing in major concert halls such as Royal Festival Hall in London. After recording nine albums by himself and with major Brazilian Music figures such as Baden Powell and Turibio Santos, Leandro quit the instrument professionally. Nowadays, he only plays for fun, especially to sing bossa music for his friends and family.
With a Master Degree in Social History under the counseling of Ariano Suassuna, one of Brazil’s greatest poets and novelist alive, Leandro still reads a lot and is interested in good literature. Recently, he fell in love with Japanese writer Ryûnosuke Akutagawa, a great short stories writer, and the german Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll.
In his free time, Leandro enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Lucia, and his five year-old boy, Heitor.