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 second-year Doctoral of Musical Arts student at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music. In this role, 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 of Music degree. Preceding his studies at Yale, Joseph earned his Bachelor of Music degree in tuba performance from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. 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. 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.
In 2019, Mr. Guimaraes was awarded the silver medal in the prestigious Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Artist Division Solo Competition. In 2017, he was the recipient of the highly coveted Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The fellowship committee awarded Joseph this award as one of thirty inductees from a pool of nearly eighteen hundred distinguished applicants.
Joseph is an active chamber musician whose ensembles have concertized throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. His groups have performed in chamber masterclasses 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.