Joseph A. Guimaraes was born in Recifé, Brazil and holds dual Brazilian and American citizenship. He started showing interest in classical music at the age of four and began studying the tuba at the age of nine. Mr. Guimaraes is presently a Doctoral of Musical Arts student at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music where he serves as the tubist for the Bulldog Brass Society Quintet. Before accepting the brass quintet assistantship, Joseph studied at the Yale School of Music, where he obtained his Master’s of Music degree. Preceding his studies at Yale, Joseph earned his Bachelor’s of Music degree in tuba performance from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, and before that, he studied Marine Biology at Florida Atlantic University.
Joseph is currently a student of UGA tuba Professor David Zerkel and works closely with trumpet Professor Philip Smith. While at Yale, he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra tubist, Carol Jantsch, and during his undergraduate studies, he was a student of Empire Brass Quintet tubist and educator Kenneth Amis. Aside from his primary teachers, Joseph also studied extensively with former Florida Atlantic University tuba Professor Sean Murray and former Florida Philharmonic tubist Jay Bertolet.
Mr. Guimaraes is a 2017 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. The fellowship committee awarded Joseph this prestigious award as one of thirty inductees from a pool of nearly eighteen hundred applicants. As part of this lifetime award, he was a recipient of an educational and professional development stipend.
Joseph is an active chamber musician whose ensembles have concertized throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. His groups have performed in chamber master classes for members of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Empire Brass Quintet, Dallas Brass Quintet, Center City Brass Quintet, Canadian Brass Quintet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra among others.