Ronaldo. Born in 1948 in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied piano
and composition at the music school of the Universidade Federal
do Rio de Janeiro. He began his musical career as a critic for the
Jornal do Brasil (1974-81), but after winning the first prize at
the II Bienal da Música Contemporânea Brasileira in 1977, he turned
increasingly towards composition. In the early 1980s, he won several
prizes in competitions in Brazil, including the prestigious Troféu
Golfinho de Ouro in 1981 awarded by the government of Rio de Janeiro.
His Variações Sinfônicas, commissioned by the Orquestra Sinfônica
de São Paulo, earned him the prize of best composer of the year
in 1982, awarded by the Associação Paulista de Críticos de Arte
(APCA). In 1984, the French Ministry of Culture made him a "Chevalier
dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Letres."A grant from the Fundação Vitae
of São Paulo allowed him to write his opera Dom Casmurro, first
produced in May 1992 at the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo. In the
past few years, his works have been performed at many contemporary
music festivals in Brazil, Spain, Austria, Germany, and Hungary.
In addition to teaching at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro,
Ronaldo Miranda is currently the Director of the Sala Cecília Meireles,
a major concert hall in Rio de Janeiro.