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Dilson Florêncio

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    The only South American to ever receive the First Prize in Saxophone from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Dilson Florêncio has a long list of achievements. He was only eleven when he started studying saxophone at the Escola de Música de Brasília. Later, he continued his studies at UnB (Universidade de Brasília), where he studied with Prof. Luiz Gonzaga Carneiro. After convincing the university to create a saxophone program, he became, at age 21, the first Brazilian to hold a Bachelors Degree in Saxophone. In 1990, he again advanced the prominence of classical saxophone in Brazil when he was hired by UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) as the first university professor in Brazil dedicated exclusively to teaching saxophone.
    During his period in Paris (1983-1987), Dilson taught as invited professor in several institutions (including the Conservatoires des 12ème e 17ème Arrondissements de Paris), and he participated in the jury of several competitions (among others, the Concours Léopold Bellan). During the same period, he was also first prize winner in the two regional competitions in which he participated (1er Prix Supérieur e Prix d’Exellence). In 1985, during a visit to Brazil, he won the 4th Young Brazilian Soloist competition.
    Continuing the legacy of his teacher - the great French master Daniel Deffayet - Dilson Florêncio has dedicated himself to increasing appreciation for the classical saxophone. In this pursuit, he has taught at all of the main Music Festivals in Brazil, and performed all over Brazil and in Argentina, Colombia, France, Spain, and Canada. Besides recitals, these include performances as leader of Monte Pascoal Quarteto de Saxofones, and as soloist in more than fifty concerts with orchestra under the batons of conductors such as Isaac Karabtchevsky, David Mackenzie, Roberto Duarte, Osman Giuseppe Goia, Carlos Veiga, Jean Reis, Per Brevig, Silvio Barbato, Ligia Amadio, Pablo Saelzer, Silvio Viegas, Marcelo Ramos e Mário Tavares.