Juan Ferreras

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About

Hey! Let me introduce myself. I´m an Argentine cellist, improviser and arranger born in Buenos Aires in 1987. For almost two decades, I have been actively involved in different projects where popular music, contemporary music and dance intersect. An original performer, open to sound and body experimentation, I´m a Professor of celllo at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Astor Piazzolla, where I studied with Stanimir Todorov and graduated in 2021 with a 10, playing works by Britten and Lavista. In 2024, I finished a Master in Cello performance ( obtaining a CAPES Master's Scholarship), under the guidance of Fábio Presgrave at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, in Brazil. Currently, I am pursuing a Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla, in the city of Buenos Aires. I also have a degree in Sociology (2013) from the University of Buenos Aires.

I love the cello, and I'm always energetic to share my enthusiasm with those who want to start -or continue- with the study of this great instrument.

Classes should be fun, and you should enjoy more and more every time you come. That's why I not only teach classical music, but also popular music, songs, and I think improvisation can be a fantastic tool. Of course, teaching technique is fundamental, but it always has to be in function of making the music you want to make.

I studied for several years with Maestros Stanimir Todorov, Jorge Pérez Tedesco and Claudio Peña. I have participated in cello masterclasses with professors Hugo Pilger (Brazil), Fábio Presgrave (Brazil), José Pedro Ottonello (USA), Pedro de Alcántara (Brazil) and Jacques Morelembaun (Brazil), among others. In his most recent projects, I collaborated together with some of today's most prominent young experimental artists and contemporary dancers.
During the last few years I had devoted myself, mainly, to the study of repertoire for cello only by composers of the 20th and 21st century (Britten, Glass, Lavista, Frey, Franciosi, González Gamboa, Farkas, among others.). For this project, I have received support from BAMúsica and the Fondo Nacional de las Artes. The composer Diego Taranto, in 2021, dedicated and composed a work for solo cello, as did Gabriela Areal, Tomás Cabado, Caio Facó, Carolina Rizzi, Claudio Peña, Víctr Grinenco and Gabo Illanes. These works were premiered at the Festival Atemporánea 2023, at the IX Simpósio Internacional de Música na Amazônia SIMA 2023, and in other concerts.
I participate playing repertoire for solo cello and improvising in dance and improvisation classes with Martín Piliponsky and Elia Mrak at the Universidad de las Artes and in different international festivals; and my music was broadcasted in radio programs in Argentina and Europe and he recorded his own and others' arrangements in numerous song albums.
During 2022, with the Philharmonic of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, I played at the Sala São Paulo, the Campos de Jordao Festival, and in the auditorium of the School of Music itself. Also in Brazil, I participated in several solo concerts, presenting improvisations and repertoire for solo cello (in Natal-RN, and in the INDEX Festival, produced by Leviatá, in São Paulo), and together with the group UFRN Cellos. In the same year, Cássio Carvalho's new album "AREIA" was released, in which I participated as producer, arranger and cellist. I was the cellist of the multi-awarded musical "Querido Evan", directed by Sebastián Iñigo, with musical direction by Tomás Meyer Wolf, performed during 6 months of the year 2023 at the Metropolitan Theater, and during 3 months at the Teatro Maipo, in Buenos Aires.

The material to be used depends on the student, his or her level and interests. Therefore, I work with traditional methods (such as Suzuki, Dotazauer, Duport or Popper, classical and romantic repertoire such as Bach, Beethoven, Fauré, Haydn, etc.), as well as more contemporary works, produced during the last decades.

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