Cerqueira, Fernando (Barbosa de)
- Gerard Béhague
(b Ilhéus, Sept 8, 1941). Brazilian composer, singer and instrumentalist. He studied composition in Salvador, Bahia, under Ernst Widmer, the clarinet with W. Endress and Wilfred Beck and singing with Sonia Born and Adriana Lys. He graduated in composition from the School of Music of the Federal University of Bahia in 1969. He also earned a master's degree (1994) in literary theory from the Instituto de Letras of the same university. He taught at the University of Bahia (1968–70), at the University of Brasilia (1970–75), and again at Bahia (1975–94), where he retired from teaching. In addition he was principal clarinettist of the Symphony Orchestras of the University of Bahia and of the State of Bahia from 1982 to 1988, and was a member of the Woodwind Trio and Quintet of the University of Bahia. A founding member of the Grupo de Compositores da Bahia and of the Sociedade Brasileira de Música Contemporânea, Cerqueira had has several of his works published and recorded in Brazil, the USA and Europe, and won various prizes in national and international festivals and contests....