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Ricardo Kanji (born 1948 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian recorder player and luthier. For twelve years, he was a professor at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. He is a founding member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century, and the choir and orchestra Vox Brasiliensis.
He began his musical studies with Tatiana Braunwieser, and later studied with Lavinia Viotti, who introduced him to the recorder. At fifteen he began studying flute with João Dias Carrasqueira and two years later joined the Philharmonic Orchestra São Paulo (now defunct) and the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo .
Kanji spent over 25 years in the Netherlands, during which time he specialized in the interpretation of Baroque and Classical music. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he was a student of Frans Brüggen and Frans Vester, between 1970 and 1972, obtaining his soloist diploma. In 1970 he won the First International Recorder Competition in Bruges, Belgium. He was a professor at the Royal Conservatory from 1973 to 1995. He was also artistic director of the Orchestra Concerto Amsterdam from 1991 to 1996. He participated in the most important orchestras playing on period instruments in the Netherlands and created the Ensemble Philidor. He returned to Brazil in 1995, continuing to work as a performer, conductor, teacher and luthier.
He was artistic director of the project History of Brazilian Music, which produced a series of television programs and CDs on the rich and little known of colonial Brazil. For this work he was awarded as the best 1999 ruling by APCA (Art Critics Association of Sao Paulo).
In November 2006 he conducted Donizetti's Don Pasquale in the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland, with stage direction by Walter Neiva, a production of the Opera Krakowska (Opera Theatre Kraków ). The CD "Neukomm in Brazil," directed by Ricardo Kanji and Rosana Lanzelotte received the Premio Bravo award in 2009 for the best recording of the year.
More recently, Ricardo Kanji has been dedicated to spreading the colonial music of Brazil and the Americas, serving as guest conductor in Brazil and Europe.
- Video: History of Brazilian Music. Documentary presented by Ricardo Kanji
Produced by Ricardo Kanji, Ricardo Maranhão, Paulo Castagna and Reinaldo Volpato. São Paulo: Telebras, Cepec 1999.
- Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Frans Brüggen 1934 – 2014
- Áudio: História da música brasileira: periodo colonial v. 1 e v.2. Orquestra e Coro Vox Brasiliensis. Regência de Ricardo Kanji. Pesquisa musicológica: Paulo Castagna. São Paulo: Eldorado, . CD 946137. v.2
- "Gulbenkian Música OBE". . Biografias. (in Portuguese). Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. 12 January 2009. Archived from the original on 9 August 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
- (in Polish) Opera Krakowska. Aktualności
- Página de Ricardo Kanji no site da Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo - Tom Jobim