October 08, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Frost School of Music doctoral candidate Rafael Piccolotto de Lima (M.M. '13) was nominated for a 2013 Latin Grammy Award for his composition "Abertura Jobiniana" in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category. It is featured on the album Bossa Nova Sinfonica recorded by the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional De Costa Rica on the Centro Nacional De La Musica label, conducted by Frost alumnus Jeremy Fox (D.M.A. '13).
De Lima graduated with a Master of Music Degree last year. He studied jazz composition and arranging at Frost with Professor Gary Lindsay, through an ASCAP Henry Mancini Fellowship that is funded through ASCAP by the Mancini Family. ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Gary Lindsay is an award winning composer and arranger whose own arrangements are featured this year on a three-time Latin Grammy nominated album by Natalie Cole.
Lindsay comments, "Rafael came to the Frost School two years ago to pursue a master's in Studio Jazz Writing with me. He grew so much as a writer in just two years that I agreed to have him stay and pursue a DMA in Jazz Composition." Professor Lindsay also notes that Rafael Piccoloto De Lima has contributed major works for recent concerts by both the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the Frost Concert Jazz Band. Lindsay adds, "He is too humble to mention that he also "dabbles" in cinematography and painting, a Renaissance artist with a great future. Proud, extremely!!"
In addition, Frost alumnus and now DMA candidate Carlomagno Araya was the producer of the album, and performed on it, and Frost alumni Mike Orta and Jamie Ousley were also part of the project.
Born in Brazil, Rafael is a DownBeat Student Award winning composer whose music has been performed and recorded by artists such as Terence Blanchard, Chick Corea, Steve Miller, and ensembles such as the Costa Rica National Orchestra, Campinas Symphony Orchestra, ASCAP/NYU Studio Orchestra, Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Prior to attending the Frost School, he studied classical composition and Brazilian jazz studies at UNICAMP (São Paulo, Brazil). Other awards include: ARS BRASILIS Arranger Competition in tribute to Milton Nascimento and first place in the Ricardo Rizek Latinamerican Composers Competition for young musicians.
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