BASSOON, CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Born in Ottawa, Canada, bassoonist Dantes Rameau is of Haitian and Cameroonian descent. He is a member of the first class of Abreu Fellows at the New England Conservatory. As an Abreu Fellow Dantes spent one year studying El Sistema including two months in Venezuela where he taught, performed and observed. During the Abreu Fellow Program he co-founded the Atlanta Music Project.
Dantes holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from McGill University where he studied with Stéphane Lévesque and Mathieu Harel of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from McGill in 2005, receiving the award for “Outstanding Performance in Bassoon.” He then earned a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Yale University School of Music, studying with Frank Morelli and graduating in 2007. In 2009 he completed a Performance Certificate at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Nancy Goeres of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Festivals he has attended include Orford Arts Center, Banff Festival and Aspen Music Festival. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, as well as with the Charleston Symphony, Wallingford Symphony and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He was a finalist for African-American Fellowships with both the Detroit Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.
His teaching credits include the El Sistema Nucleo Acarigua-Araure in Venezuela and the Yale School of Music Outreach program.
In November 2010 Dantes was one of 25 artists from over 9000 applicants to be awarded $25,000 from AOL’s 25For25 grant program. In November 2010, Dantes was a presenter at TEDxPeachtree where he spoke about music as a vehicle to foster social change. In November 2011, Dantes joined his fellow Atlanta Music Project Teaching Artists on stage at TEDxPeachtree 2011, where their performance garnered a standing ovation. Dantes is currently a member of LEAD Atlanta’s Class of 2012, a prestigious, year-long, professional development and leadership program for Atlanta’s emerging young leaders.