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Rick Barrantes

Born in San José, Costa Rica, Mr. Barrantes is one of the most promising Latin-American musicians of his generation. He is the 1st Prize Winner of the Püchner Competition – COFCAM 2015 Advanced Category. He has played as a soloist with the Youth Orchestra of Guatemala, University of Costa Rica Symphonic Band and Alajuela Concert Band. He plays on a 1976 Püchner Superior Model.

Mr. Barrantes has been Principal Bassoon of the Youth Orchestra of Central America 2013 (Panamá), Sewanee Summer Music Festival 2015 & 2016 (Tennessee), AIMS Festival Orchestra 2018 (Austria) and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra 2017-2019 (Toronto), playing the acclaimed solos of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, Ravel’s Bolero and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 respectively.

In his native San Jose, he was Principal Bassoon of the Youth Symphonic Band of Costa Rica and Youth Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. He also appeared as guest bassoon with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Philharmonic Orchestra of Costa Rica and University of Costa Rica Orchestra. Elsewhere, he has played guest Principal Bassoon with the National Symphony Orchestras of Honduras and Nicaragua. In Canada, he has played guest bassoon with the orchestras of Niagara, Scarborough and Mississauga. Mr. Barrantes has a strong relationship with chamber music: for five years, he was bassoonist of the Entre Quintos Woodwind Quintet and Anemoi Trio, playing several tours across Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Passionate about teaching young bassoonists, Mr. Barrantes served as bassoon professor in the SiNEM (The System) and the School of Symphonic Music of Pérez Zeledón. Also, for three years, he was the bassoon professor and winds coach at the ANC Young Music Camp (2015, 2016 and 2017) in Panamá City.

Mr. Barrantes earned a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from the National Music Institute of Costa Rica. Currently he is a full-scholarship Artist Diploma candidate at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Main teachers included Glenn Einschlag, Michael Sweeney and Marco Redondo.