Pedro Bittencourt is a saxophonist, teacher and researcher dedicated to scholarly music and musical creation.
Pedro Bittencourt (Rio de Janeiro, 1975) is a full time Professor (Saxophone and Postgraduate) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. Director of the UFRJ’s Sax ensemble. Founder, director and saxophonist of Abstrai ensemble. Music PhD at CICM/Paris 8 University, with a research on mixed music for saxes under the supervision of Horacio Vaggione. The PhD scholarship he was awarded was supported by the Portugal’s Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Master of Arts/Musicology at University Bordeaux 3, with a thesis on Iannis Xenakis' Oresteia.
Guest artist in ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. Saxophone and contemporary chamber music studies with Marie-Bernadette Charrier at Bordeaux National Conservatoire, France. Bachelor's degree in Radio-Communication at UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro. Began studying the saxophone at the age of 10 under the instruction of Mecenas Magno in Rio de Janeiro.
Pedro Bittencourt plays on Selmer Paris saxophones, from the sopranino to the bass.
Photo credits: Felipe Varanda - Jacqueline Nigri.
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The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.
The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.
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The 'Super Action 80 Series II' Tenor has earned a solid reputation thanks to its very different personality. It enables the production of an open sound, very rich in harmonics and an excellent projection power.
The 'Super Action 80 Series II' baritone offers excellent consistency of sound over the whole register, without break-up between low and high notes.
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