Ricardo Coelho de Souza was born in Belém, Brazil and moved to the United States in 1993.  He pursued his musical studies at the Carlos Gomes Conservatory, the University of
Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Oklahoma.  Currently, he is a visiting instructor in percussion and world music at the University of Oklahoma and is actively engaged in performing, composing, arranging, and conducting.  He is a founding member of Duo Avanzando with clarinetist David Carter, with whom he recorded “Projecting Back,” a CD of new music written for the duet.  Ricardo has had the pleasure of working with a variety of musicians such as the legendary guitarist Sebastião Tapajós, Broadway musician and gyil player Valerie Naranjo, Indian mridangam artist Poovalur Sriji, Brazilian pianist João Marcos Mascarenhas, American songwriter Beau Mansfield, Australian didgeridoo master Ash Dargan, and Colombian singer-pianist José Luis Tono.  Ricardo has been featured recently at the 2014 Tulsa Camerata Concert Series, the 2013 Toronto Electro-Acoustic Symposium, the 2012 International Music Festival of Pará, the 2011 Society of Composers National Conference, and The 2010 NYC Electro-acoustic Music Festival.  He has premiered more than 50 works for percussion and has worked closely with several composers including American composers Bernadette Speach, George Crumb, Christian Asplund, Kenneth Fuchs, and Cort Lippe, Puerto Rican composer William Ortiz, Greek composer Kostas Karathanasis, and Chilean composer Miguel Chuaqui.  His own music is published by C. Alan Publications and the OU Percussion Press. VDM Verlag has also published his document, “The Percussion Music of William Ortiz.”