Duo Qattus

Duo 2

The Duo Qattus, although recently formed, is in fact the result of many years of collaboration, ensemble work, and collection of repertoire. Fernando and Elise began playing together in the Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) at McGill University, while pursuing doctoral studies in 2006. They currently participate in two contemporary music ensembles in Brazil: Oficina Musica Viva, and Sonante 21. Since 2010, they have been collecting repertoire for percussion and cello and commissioning new works, including pieces by Portuguese composer João Pedro Oliveira (professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), by Sérgio Rodrigo (a young prized Brazilian composer), and a solo cello work by Brazilian Sergio Freire (also a professor at UFMG). Commissions in progress include works by American composer Douglas Boyce and Canadian composer Tawnie Olson. Their duo concerts present an exciting combination of contrasting and provocative works and include the use of electronics, theatre and improvisation. 

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© Fernando Rocha 2015