Cesar Villavicencio

Improviser, researcher and interpreter of baroque and contemporary music, Cesar Villavicencio completed his PhD (2008) at the University of East Anglia, UK, with the thesis “The Discourse of Free Improvisation. A Rhetorical Perspective on Free Improvised Music”. In 2012 he finished a postdoctoral research on the field of music improvisation at the Universidade de São Paulo. In 1998 obtained the Soloist Diploma  at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2012, he founded the recorder consort As Flautas de São Paulo.

Villavicencio acted as guest teacher at the Royal Conservatory (2001-2004) and presently teaches at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). He works regularly with electronics for the performance of music. Between 1996 and 2000 he developed in cooperation with the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory a MIDI counter bass recorder (e-recorder), which interacts with the environment of improvisation and live electronic music.

His cooperation with composers rendered the creation of six new pieces for the recorder. In 2009 recorded a CD with Ricardo Kanji with the support of the Secretaria do Estado de São Paulo. His activities in music festivals includes the Festival de Música Colonial Brasileira e Música Antiga de Juiz de Fora, the Festival de Música Antigua de Lima, Peru, Semana de Música Antiga de Belo Horizonte, Oficina de Música de Curitiba, Mostra Internacional de Flauta Doce de Florianópolis and the Encontro de Música Antiga de Recife. 

Villavicencio’s performances have been presented by Steim in Amsterdam, Metronom in Barcelona, Logos in Ghent, FIU in Miami, Sonorities Festival in Belfast, CPFL in São Paulo, WORM in Rotterdam, and Felix Meritis in Amsterdam. He has played in baroque orchestras under the conduction of William Christie and Ton Koopman. As a researcher, he has conducted workshops and projects at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, the University of California San Diego, the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA, at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) and at several Brazilian universities.