Born in Ottawa, Canada, bassoonist Dantes Rameau is executive director of the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program. As a result of, José Antonio Abreu’s 2009 TED Prize Wish, Rameau is a member of the first class of the Abreu Fellows Program, graduating in 2010. As an Abreu Fellow, Rameau spent one year studying El Sistema, including two months in Venezuela where he taught, performed and observed.
Rameau holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from McGill University. He graduated from McGill in 2005, receiving the award for “Outstanding Performance in Bassoon.” Rameau then earned a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Yale University School of Music, graduating in 2007, and completed a Performance Certificate at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.
Rameau has participated in the Banff Festival and Aspen Music Festival and performed with the Charleston Symphony and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He has also been a finalist for African-American Fellowships with both the Detroit Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony.
Teaching credits include the El Sistema Nucleo Acarigua-Araure in Venezuela, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids Program and the Yale School of Music’s Music in Schools Program. He has volunteered for the Leading Note Foundation, an El Sistema-inspired music education program in Ottawa.