MAESTRO ROBERTO SION'S PROFILE | MUSIC IN THE MCB
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Roberto Sion is a multi-instrumentalist and started out early on the path of music. At the age of five, he started learning the piano and nine years later, at the age of 14, clarinet and saxophone. Currently, recognized for his celebrated work as a musician and composer, he also learned solfeggio, harmony, choral singing, conducting and composition with the teacher and arranger Damiano Cozzella.
LIFE AND WORK
At 25, Roberto graduated in Psychology, but it was Music that followed. He went to the Berklee School (Boston), where he studied the subjects “arrangement” and “improvisation” and also continued his saxophone studies with professors Joseph Viola, Joe Allard, Ryo Noda and Lee Konitz.
After his return to Brazil, he studied flute with Grace Bush, Antônio Carrasqueira, Keith Underwood, Oliver Toni and other renowned musicians who allowed Roberto to expand his knowledge more and more in order to become a great conductor, as is recognized today.
Over the years, he traveled numerous times to Europe with Vinícius de Moraes and Toquinho and received extremely important criticisms for his career, especially in the last three decades. Recently, a sworn translation by the Japanese consulate in São Paulo described Roberto Sion as one of the most important alto saxophonists in the world.
He founded the Orquestra Jovem Jobim in 2001 and served as principal conductor until 2014. Currently, he is a collaborating composer at OSESP, a doctor of Music at UNICAMP, director and conductor of the Big Band of the Música Cidadania Project (Atibaia) and acts as a soloist for blows.
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