Born in Rio de Janeiro, Fabio Presgrave is recognized as one the foremost Brazilian musicians and pedagogues of his generation. He earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Joel Krosnick and Harvey Shapiro During his stay in New York, Presgrave lead an ensemble of Juilliard Cellists playing the Bachianas Brasilieiras by Villa-Lobos at Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall) with soprano Daniella Carvalho. He has appeared as a soloist with international orchestras such as Qatar Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica Provincial de Rosário, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira working with conductors such as Rafael Payare, David del Pino, Apo Hsu and Lior Shambadal. Recent recitals appearances include the Musikhuset in Aarhus- Denmark, the EME Festival in Gijon-Spain, the Klassik in Moabit Series in Berlin, the Orchestrazentrum in Dortmund – Germany and the Kamper Konzert in Kamp Lintfort where his sound was praised as "broad and velvety" by the RP Zeitung of NordRhein-Westfalen.
He has recorded the Tchaikovsky Nocturne for Cello and Strings for the award winning motion picture “Sal de Prata” and was featured in the album DANTE XXI by Brazilian Heavy Metal Band Sepultura. Amongst his pedagogical activities he has taught in Brazil´s main festivals such as Campos do Jordão, Brasilia and Salvador and has given masterclasses at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Universitaet der Künste in Berlin, the “Wilhems-Westfälisch Universität” (Germany), the “Estonian Academy of Music” the “Folkwang Universität der Künste” in Essen, the “Royal Academy of Music” in Aarhus (Denmark), “Escola Profissional de Espinho” (Portugal) and the “Conservatorio Superior de Musica” in Oviedo.
For his work in Brasil he has been awarded prizes such as “Distinguished Artist of the Year” by Jornal do Brasil and “Carlos Gomes Award” in 2006. In 2015 he has been part of the jury for the Suzhou University professor search in China, and a member of the jury at the "Popper Competition" in Hungary. He represented Brasil in the GLOMUS convention in Malaysia both as performer and speaker.
Fabio Presgrave is a Cello Professor and coordinator of the Graduate School in Music Performance of UFRN (Federal University in Rio Grande do Norte-Natal), and Head of International Relations of the Music School. He has earned his Doctorate at UNICAMP (São Paulo State University in Campinas), with a focusing about contemporary cello techniques and teaches in the Graduate Program of USP (São Paulo University). Presgrave holds a Post-Doctorate from Münster University (WWF-Universität) where he acted as guest teacher and developed his research under the guidance and collaboration of Prof. Matias de Oliveira Pinto. Photo by Heloisa Bortz