Fernando Deddos is the euphonium and tuba professor and bachelor of music studies co-coordinator at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte State (Natal, Brazil), since 2016.
Besides his participation in interdisciplinary, chamber and Brazilian popular music projects as euphoniumist, pianist, and composer, Deddos recorded the very first euphonium album in Brazil (EuFonium Brasileiro (2009), which received the International Tuba & Euphonium Association’s Roger Bobo Awards for excellence in recording (Arizona, 2010).His chamber music projects include the Duo Grego with Pedro Alliprandini – clarinet (performed at Clarinetfest 2017), Duo Corpo de Lata with Rodrigo Capistrano – saxophone, Duo Primo with Danilo Koch – percussion, winner of 2010’s Furnas National Chamber Music Competition in Brazil; and the Bombardas with tubist and professor Albert Khattar (UFRJ). Deddos received 1st prize at the Young Soloist Furnas National Competition (RJ, 2006) and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Winners (U.S., 2013). For ten consecutive years, Deddos is a faculty member of the SESC International Music Festival, in Pelotas, Brazil. Deddos maintains a schedule as guest artist with symphonic groups and international music festivals and conferences, including participations in the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival in Atlanta (U.S.), the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (Austria; U.S.), Trombonanza Festival in Argentina, SliderAsia Festival in Hong Kong, Gravíssimo! International Festival in Portugal, Euphonium Festival in Colombia, Urubrass Festival in Uruguay, International Brass Festival in Tatuí Conservatory (Brazil). In 2020, Deddos acted as guest artist for the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba and Euphonium Workshop, performing his own concerto with the US Army’s Symphony Orchestra.
Deddos’s original compositions have been part of contemporary and interdisciplinary projects, and his works have been performed and recorded by artists around the globe, mentioning Sergio Carolino (Portugal), Schoichiro Hokazono and Brass Hexagon (Japan), James Gourlay (Scotland), River City Brass Band (U.S.), Royal Concertgebouw Trombone Trio (Holland), Steven Mead (UK), Albert Khattar (Brazil), Adam Frey, Lance LaDuke, Andrew Hitz, Brian Meixner (U.S.), Modular Ensemble (University of Georgia), Christoph Hartmann (Berlin Philharmonic, premiered the Oboe Concertino with Prague’s Camerata Bohemica, 2016), Santa Fe Jazz Ensemble (Argentina). His Concertino for Trombone and String Orchestra (2014) is being performed all over South America (dedicated to José Milton Vieira), including São Paulo University Symphony, Córdoba City String Orchestra (Argentina), and São Pedro Theater Orchestra (Porto Alegre). In 2016, Deddos premiered his Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra as a resident composer and soloist with Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in the south of Brazil and in 2017 the Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay), commissioned the Concerto Grosso for Brass Quintet and Symphony Orchestra, premiered and recorded by Porto Alegre Brass Quintet. Deddos has received three times the Harvey Phillips Awards by the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, for excellence in composition, and has been member of international competitions committees such as Trombonanza Festival (Argentina), International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Leonard Falcone International Festival (U.S.), International Euphonium and Tuba Festival (Atlanta), Colombian Euphonium Competition, Brazilian National Euphonium and Tuba Association Competition, Cascavel Music Festival and Gramado in Concert International Festival (Brazil), judging performance and composition.
As guest conductor, Deddos has been invited with Cascavel Music Festival Wind Band (10 years), SESC International Music Festival Symphony Band, Barra Mansa International Festival Symphony Band, the 2017 International Horn Society Conference’s chamber orchestra and wind band. Deddos directed and conducted the UFRN Symphony Band during 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Dr. Deddos’s degrees: Bachelor of Music degree in Conducting and Composition from Paraná State School of Music and Fine Arts; Master of Music degree in Performance from Duquesne University; Doctorate of Musical Arts and certificate from the Ideas for Creative Exploration department from the University of Georgia. His mentors include Silvio Spolaore (Paraná State Symphony), Harry Crowl (composition), Lance Laduke and David Zerkel (Euphonium Performance).
Fernando Deddos is president of the Brazilian Euphonium and Tuba Association (ETB), and an Adams Instruments Performing Artist (Holland) since 2010.