João Guilherme Ripper is a composer, conductor and professor at The School of Music of The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), where he served as Director from 1999 to 2003. Ripper obtained his Doctor degree at The Catholic University of America, in Washington D.C. under the mentorship of composer Helmut Braunlich and musicologist Emma Garmendia. Additional studies in Orchestral Conducting were made with maestro Guillermo Scarabino in Argentina, and in Culture Economy and Sponsorship at the Paris-Dauphine University in France.
From 2004 to 2015, Ripper served as Director of Sala Cecília Meireles, a major concert hall in Rio. From 2015 to 2017, he was the appointed President of the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro Foundation. He is a member and current Vice-President of the Academia Brasileira de Música, an institution founded by Villa-Lobos in 1945 that gathers 40 outstanding Brazilian composers, performers and musicologists.
Ripper is frequently commissioned by orchestras, theaters and music festivals in Brazil and abroad. Some of his new works were recently premiered by the Artist Program of The Kean University, São Paulo Symphony, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Amazonas Opera Theater, Teatro Colón and The Biennial of Brazilian Contemporary Music.
His five operas have been performed in world renowned theaters. “Onheama”, an opera for young audiences, was produced at the Teatro Amazonas in 2014 and 2015, and in Portugal the following year. “Piedade” was produced in Rio in 2012 and takes part of the 2017 artistic season of the Teatro Colón, in Argentina.