Graduate clarinetist awarded full assistantship for doctoral studies and role with New World Symphony
Graduate clarinetist Tiago Carvalho e Silva has been awarded a full assistantship to attend Michigan State University’s prestigious College of Music in East Lansing to pursue his Doctorate of Musical Arts. The assistantship includes a significant stipend and full tuition remission. Additionally, he was recently placed on the substitute list for the Miami-based New World Symphony. Regarded as America’s Orchestral Academy, the New World Symphony prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. It is directed by renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Tiago came to Kent State directly from Brazil in the fall of 2017 to study with faculty clarinetist Amitai Vardi. During his first semester, he won the graduate category of the annual Concerto Competition, earning the privilege of performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Kent State Orchestra. The recipient of a graduate assistantship, his duties have included teaching weekly lessons to several undergraduate students. A gifted teacher, the students he has worked with have thrived in their individual studies. Professionally, Tiago has performed several concerts during the Erie Philharmonic’s 2018-19 season alongside his teacher, Amitai Vardi.
Tiago grew up in Bom Sucesso, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He got his start in music playing with the town's Community Band and went on to complete his undergraduate degree in Sao Paulo. In Sao Paulo, he performed with the Heliopolis Symphony Orchestra and also studied in the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra Academy of Music.