“Omar comes from a great School, works with professionalism and is in the absolutely correct route to success”
Tolib Shakhidi, composer, pupil of Aram Khachaturian
The Brazilian School
Omar was born in 1976. The composer started his studies at the age of ten. In fact, Omar decided to become a musician after watching a score of Mozart's Symphony no. 41, which his father had at home. He became fascinated by the way music could be written and decided to learn how to understand that, then, strange code. One year later he was given his very first instrument, the french horn. Two years more, the piano and finally the flute.
In 1997, he started his undergraduate course at the School of Music in Rio de Janeiro. There he met Brazilian masters of diverse areas. Despite of majoring in flute performance, composition was the main point for the young man. In Rio he had contact with the music of Guarnieri, Guerra Peixe and Villa-Lobos among other Brazilian composers. He studied with Ernani Aguiar and Jorge Nunes who were strong influences at the time.
His friendship with many musicians at the conservatory gave him the first impulse to write bigger works like the two trios for piano, flute and guitar, pieces for flute and piano, a trio for flute, clarinet and piano, his clarinet quartet and the first string quartet, all performed. Omar would stay in Rio until his graduation in 2001.
The Russian School
Omar's teacher, Kirill Volkov, with his teacher, Aram Khachaturian.
Rapidly after receiving his undergraduate diploma, the composer was invited to develop his skills at the Russian Gnesin's Academy of Music, in Moscow. Omar would study in Russia for 7 years, until 2007.
Professors Kirill Volkov and Gennady Chernov were his teachers. The first was assistant of the genial Aram Khachaturian at the same Academy and the second, pupil of Oleg Eiges also at the Gnesin's Academy.
Omar was surprised by the high level of education and astonished with the possibility of receiving knowledge directly from the very best musical "fountain" of the XX century: the Soviet Symphonic School.
Technical and formal development can be easily detected in the works of this period. The brilliant, massive sonata #1 for flute and piano, the strong character of the overture "The Fortress", the fugal second string quartet and the Octet are good examples of the influence of the new land.