Giulio Draghi, a pianist and professor at the School of Music of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, will perform at the next Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Musica Viva Concert on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. on the Main Campus Fine Arts Theatre, located at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The concert is free and open to the public.
Audience members can expect a memorable recital. Draghi will perform the Études op. 10 and op. 25, written by Romantic composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin. In addition to Chopin, Draghi’s repertoire encompasses composers from Bach to Sorabdji, with a special emphasis on 19th century Russian composers and composers from the Weimar school.
Draghi studied in Brazil with Lia Gualda de Sá, Glória Maria da Fonseca Costa, Myriam Dauelsberg and in the United States with Ivan Davis and Frank Cooper. He graduated with honors and with a doctorate of musical arts at the University of Miami.
He has obtained several first place prizes at national piano competitions, including the National Competition Centenário Essenfelder. As a soloist, he performed with orchestras such as Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Orquestra Petrobrás and the symphonic orchestras from Brasília, Bahia, Porto Alegre and Paraná and conductors such as Alceu Bocchino, André Cardoso, Guillermo Scarabino, Helder Trefzger, Henrique Morelenbaum, Ricardo Duarte, Roberto Tibiriçá, Sérgio Dias, and Marcelo Jardim.
Draghi was also the piano professor and mentor of JJC’s Fine Arts department chair Daniela Broderick, while she worked on her Bachelor’s degree at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
In addition to playing the piano, Draghi is active as an artistic director and lecturer. He also writes for the newspaper, Jornal do Brasil.
For more information about the JJC Musica Viva series, call the JJC Fine Arts Department at 815-280-2223 or visit www.jjc.edu/fine-arts.