Danilo Mezzadri is Professor of Flute at the University of Southern Mississippi and faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI). He is also president and founder of International Flute Workshop (Italy) and Southern Flute Festival (MS).
Danilo’s performances have been reviewed as “gorgeous” (Flute Quarterly and Detroit Press) “with a limpid sound, and coaxing every ounce of lyricism” (Jackson Patriot). His CD Brazilian Soundscapes, was regarded as “music of a high order that deserves a welcome from a global audience” (The American Record Guide). In his most recent CD Epigrams, Danilo is described as having “glowing, golden tone” and “vivid musicality bringing each work to life, regardless of tonality” (Fanfarre Magazine). He also was described as having “a lovely ‘voice’ with and enviable dexterity” (British Flute Society). Danilo is considered one of the “great names in Brazilian Music” (Gazeta do Povo).
Dr. Mezzadri is prize winner in many competitions, such as the International Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra Young Instrumentalist Competition, Michigan State University Honors Concerto Competition, and the Brazilian International Flute Association Competition. His performances have been broadcast by Rede Vida Television in Brazil and by National Public Radio in the US.
Danilo Mezzadri has appeared as a soloist with more than forty ensembles, including Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Pró-Música Symphony Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, and Camerata Florianópolis. Upcoming performances include the North American Premiere of Magical Concerto by the Italian composer Armando Guidoni and the World Premiere of a new flute concerto by the Spanish composer Jose Ignacio Blesa Lull.
Besides being Principal Flute Soloist at Gulf Coast and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestras, Danilo performs with Quarteto Brasilis, a flute and strings group that features South American music; CATEGORY 5, a faculty woodwind quintet at The University of Southern Mississippi; and Accent Trio, with soprano Susan Ruggiero and pianist Elizabeth Moak. A sought-after artist, Danilo Mezzadri has annually served as a guest teacher and soloist throughout the Americas and Europe.
Danilo Mezzadri earned his Bachelors degree at Escola de Música e Belas Artes do Paraná where he received the First Prize Award in his graduation class. He also earned a Bachelors in Public Law from the prestigious Universidade Federal do Paraná. He earned a Master of Music in flute performance, Master of Musicology, and Doctor of Musical Arts in flute performance from Michigan State University.