Fernando Deddos is currently the euphonium/tuba professor and wind ensemble director at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte State (Brazil). He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Conducting and Composition from Paraná State School of Music and Fine Arts, a Master of Music degree in Performance from Duquesne University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts and certificate from the Ideas for Creative Exploration department from the University of Georgia. His mentors include Silvio Spolaore (Paraná State Symphony), Harry Crowl (composition), Lance Laduke and David Zerkel.
Deddos is president of the Brazilian Association of Euphoniums and Tubas (ETB) and the host of 2017's National Conference. Deddo’s projects include the Duo Grego with Pedro Alliprandini – clarinet (performing at Clarinetfest 2017), Duo Corpo de Lata with Rodrigo Capistrano – saxophone and Duo Primo with Danilo Koch – percussion, winner of 2010’s Furnas National Chamber Music Competition in Brazil. Deddos also received 1st prize at the Young Soloist Furnas National Competition in 2006, and concerto competitions while lived in the US such as the Pittsburgh Concert Society (2013). Besides his participation in several interdisciplinary, chamber and Brazilian popular music projects as euphoniumist, pianist, and composer, Deddos recorded the very first euphonium album in Brazil (ITEA's best euphonium artist album in 2010) and has earned two ITEA Harvey Phillips Awards for excellence in composition. For 6 consecutive years, Deddos is a faculty member of the SESC International Music Festival, one of the most relevant and one of the few general music festivals in South America to include the euphonium. Deddos maintains a soloist/teaching career as guest artist with symphonic groups and international music festivals/conferences, including participation in the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival in Atlanta (U.S.A.), the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Trombonanza, among others.
Deddo’s original compositions have been also part of contemporary art/dance projects, and his instrumental pieces have been performed/released by artists around the globe, mentioning Sergio Carolino, Steven Mead, S. Hokazono/Brass Hexagon, James Gourlay, River City Brass Band, Royal Concertgebouw Trombone Trio, Albert Khattar, Lance LaDuke, Andrew Hitz, Brian Meixner, Modular Ensemble (UGA), Christoph Hartmann (Oboe - Berlin Philharmonic), among others. His recent Concertino for Trombone and String Orchestra (2014) is being performed all over South America (dedicated to José Milton Vieira), including orchestras such as São Paulo University (USP), Córdoba City String Orchestra (Argentina), and São Pedro Theater Orchestra (RS State). In August 2016, Deddos premiered his Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra as a resident composer and soloist with Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in the south of Brazil and in 2017 the Montevideo Philharmonic commissioned and premiered the Concerto Grosso for Brass Quintet and Symphony Orchestra.
Fernando Deddos is an Adams Instruments Performing Artist.