Fernando Deddos

Fernando Deddos acts globally as a composer, instrumentalist and professor. He currently is an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte Sate (UFRN – Brazil). Deddos recorded the very first euphonium album in Brazil, EuFonium Brasileiro, which received the International Tuba & Euphonium Association’s award for excellence in recording. Besides his participation in interdisciplinary, chamber and Brazilian popular music projects, Deddos acts frequently as guest artist and professor with ensembles and international festivals and conferences. In 2020, Deddos performed his Concerto for Euphonium with the US Army Symphony Orchestra.  

Deddos’s pieces have been performed and recorded in the five continents. The Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra was commissioned and premiered by Christoph Hartmann from the Berlin Philharmonic, and chamber groups such as the Trombone Trio of the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Holland) and the Brass Hexagon (Japan) have premiered and recorded original Deddo’s works. Deddos has received three times the Harvey Phillips Awards by the ITEA for excellence in composition, and has been member of international composition and soloist competitions committees such as the Leonard Falcone Festival, Trombonanza, ITEA/ITEC, Spanish Tuba and Euphonium Association, Gramado International Festival. In 2021, it was released the album Chamber Works for Brass and Guests, where he acts exclusively as a composer. He is the coordinator of the UFRN Euphonium & Tuba Festival and the UFRN Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble, plus the Roda de Choro da UFRN. His interests in research involve the use of euphonium in the history of Brazilian music, highlighting his focus on the genre of Choro and regional music.  

In 2022, the following works were premiered: 3 Monólogos para Quarteto (University of Arkansas); Origami (OriGami Quartet – Tokyo); Tema e Variações (Demondrae Thurman e Indiana Wind Symphony), Pagode Ucraniano (Festival brasileiro de trombonistas) and Burning Leaves for 8 horns (IHS 2022). 

Fernando Deddos is a doctor of musical arts from the University of Georgia, where he worked as a researcher for the ICE – Ideas for Creative Exploration Department (interdisciplinary); president of the Brazilian Euphonium and Tuba Association (ETB), and an Adams Instruments Artist (Holland). Deddos often performs popular music shows, acts in the Choro genre scene and coordinates the Choro practice and the Roda de Choro da UFRN.