Kean Appoints Brazilian Composer As Artist-In-Residence

Dr. João Guilherme Ripper

UNION — Brazilian composer Dr. João Guilherme Ripper is Kean University’s 2011-2012 Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence, program director Dr. Anthony Scelba announced.

In this new capacity, Dr. Ripper will write original works especially for the Concert Artists series performed at the recently restored Gene and Shelly Enlow Recital Hall on Kean University’s East Campus. His compositions will include a string quintet and a piano quintet, among other works making their debuts in upcoming seasons.


The Concert Artist Series is a fully professional chamber music program performed by internationally renowned musicians who also serve as faculty at Kean University. The Series offers 12-15 productions a year including a jazz program on the Main and East campuses.

João Guilherme Ripper is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Music, an institution that honors outstanding Brazilian composers, conductors and musicologists. His appointment as Kean University concert artist composer-in-residence follows those of Swiss-American Frank Ezra Levy, 2008-2009; fellow Brazilian Liduino Pitombeira, 2009-2010; and Mexican-American and Juilliard Faculty member Samuel Zyman, 2010-2011.

Dr. Ripper is expected to attend performances of his works, providing the opportunity for audience, artists and performers to interact with the composer during the 2011-2012 Concert Artist Series.

(Photo courtesy of Kean University)

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