- Started in
- Musician type
- Flutist, composer
- Host institution
- KU Leuven
- Brazil Portugal
Brazilian flutist and composer, Victor Somma holds a Master degree in composition from the LUCA- Arts Lemmensinstituut and a bachelor in flute from the UFRJ-National School of Music-Rio de Janeiro/Brazil.
In recent years Victor Somma have been invited to compose works for the Lemmens Institute Symphony Orchestra, the Chorales Equinox, Aschot Katchatourian, Sevak Avanesyan, Berten D'Hollander, Aders Ljungar-Chapelon, among others.
In 2013 was invited by pianist Maria João Pires to coordinate the musical creation workshops of the Chorales Equinox, a sociocultural project developed by Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth which works with teenagers in psychiatry, disadvantaged children and also in a maximum-security prison. With these workshops, he performed several concerts and recordings with the different groups he worked with between 2013 and 2020.
In Brazil, he played and recorded with important names such as Egberto Gismonti, Zeca Assumpção, Humberto Araújo and Itiberê Zwarg, in addition to playing as a guest musician in the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Victor Somma has performed in Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, Cuba, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Holland. Between 2002 and 2011 he formed a group to play his compositions with which he travelled throughout Brazil and Caribe performing numerous concerts and workshops, participating in international festivals as well as radio and TV programs. In 2007 he represented Brazil in international festivals with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture in Cuba and El Salvador.
Since 2011 Victor Somma has been collaborating with humanitarian aid projects and sociocultural projects in risk areas in the city of Rio de Janeiro. His vision of the musician as an agent of transformation in society culminates in his doctoral research « The Composer as a co-creator of bridges between society and contemporary music: A question of dialogue?
The composer as a co-creator of bridges between society and contemporary music: A matter of dialogue?
The source and target domain of this research project is situated at the crossroads of composition, performance and education. The idea of this investigation is to develop field research on the social projects I'm engaged in both in Brazil and in Belgium. I intend to perform, on a long-term basis, a series of compositions for the various ensembles present in these projects. The interaction with these contexts will help me to delve into the three key aspects of this research: my development as a composer by engaging in these different social projects, the impact my composition could have on students' perception and musical development, and finally how this process can help to build a bridge of communication between composer and the majority of society. Would it come precisely from the underprivileged strata of society, the answer to the current state of indifference of most people in society to contemporary music?