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Darkson  Magrinelli 

Adjunct Professor

Brazilian clarinetist, Darkson Magrinelli serves as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at East Tennessee State University. Mr. Magrinelli holds a Master's degree and Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University as well as a Bachelor's Degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He also holds a clarinet Diploma from the Conservatório Pablo Komlós, Brazil.
Beginning his musical studies at the age of 9, Mr. Magrinelli played professionally in orchestras in Brazil for about 10 years before he moved to California. In 2006 and 2007, he won the Young Soloists Competition at Orquestra SESI/FUNDARTE in Brazil, and in 2013, the APU Concerto Competition in California. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Mozart, Weber, and Krommer with orchestras in Brazil and the United States. As a clinician, he has given masterclasses in Brazil and the United States.

During his studies at Azusa Pacific University, he was under the tutelage of clarinetist Michele Zukovsky (LA Philharmonic), who stated "This wonderful and knowledgeable musician is able to give recitals where the audience is immediately engaged and thrilled. Magrinelli is a superb clarinetist who always plays in the service of the music". During his 6 years in Los Angeles, Mr. Magrinelli has had the opportunity to work with Jennifer Showalter, Burt Hara and Yehuda Gilad. In 2014, Mr. Magrinelli toured Europe, having master classes and lessons with regarded clarinetists in Europe, such as Paolo Beltramini at the Konservatorium Dreilinden in Lucerne, Switzerland; David Minetti at the Conservatory of Toulouse, France; and Howard Golden from the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany.

Additionally, Mr. Magrinelli has worked with the Azusa Pacific University as International Recruiter, Representative and Counselor for the International Enrollment Services and the College of Music and the Arts. In Brazil, he has developed several projects between APU and Brazilian institutions. One example of it is the partnership with Institute Baccarelli, which is headquartered in Heliopolis – once considered the largest slum in São Paulo. Instituto Baccarelli is an association which offers for residents of the community and other young people from Brazil an outstanding musical instruction. These project aims to bring together APU and these institutions to able to offer more opportunities for talented Brazilian musicians and to connect students from Brazil and California.
Currently, Mr. Magrinelli is pursuing his doctoral studies under Dr. Kelly Burke and serving as a Teaching Assistant for the clarinet studio of Dr. Anthony Taylor, at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. At UNCG, Magrinelli is developing a research project and dissertation about the Early Choro Ensemble and its influence on the creation of the Choro genre. His main teachers include, Michele Zukovsky, Dr. Kelly Burke and Diego Grendene.

Mr. Magrinelli enjoys music, surfing and traveling.


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