Marcos Machado

Associate Professor of Double Bass

Marcos Machado enjoys an international career as a concert artist, teacher and chamber musician. A native of Brazil, Marcos is the only South American to have earned both “Teaching and Performance” diplomas from the L’Institut International de Contrebasse de Paris where he studied with renowned double bassist François Rabbath. At The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), Machado teaches classical double bass, chamber music and jazz studies and is the director of the Southern Miss Bass Symposium. He is also the principal bass of the Meridian Symphony and is a member of the USM Jazz Ensemble. In Brazil, he is the Founder and Pedagogic Director of FIMP-Festival Internacional Música no Pampa (Bagé, Brazil), on the border of Brazil and Uruguay.

Marcos maintains an active performing schedule and has toured in the USA, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, England and South America. He has participated in the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Vienne Jazz Festival (France), Victoria Bach Festival(USA), Bonneville Chamber Music Festival(USA), Encontro de Cordas da Amazônia (Brazil), Munasp (Brazil), Femusa (Brazil), Premier Music Festival (USA), FestivalSouth (USA), Northern Lights Music Festival (USA), Spoleto Festival (USA), Festival Música nas Montanhas (Brazil), Oficina de Música de Curitiba (Brazil), Festival Internacional de Música Unisinos (Brazil), Festival Internacional SESC de Música (Brazil), FIMP-Festival Internacional Musica no Pampa (Brazil), etc.

During the Summer and Winter break, Machado is artist-in-residence and faculty member at Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, MUNASP (youth festival in São Paulo, Brazil), Festival Música nas Montanhas in Poços de Caldas (Southeast Region/Mountains of Brazil), FIMP-Festival Internacional Música no Pampa, Bagé (South Region/Border with Uruguay and Brazil), and Encontro de Cordas da Amazônia (North Region of Brazil).

Recent important performances include the world premiere of Arthur Barbosa’s Concert for Double Bass and Orchestra dedicated to Machado, the world premiere of Frank Proto’s Sonata at the International Society of Bassists Convention, the South American première of Frank Proto’s Concertos: Carmen Fantasy, and Nine Variants on Paganini. Other important performances include Proto’s Four Scenes after Picasso with the Meridian Symphony, Charles Young’s Concerto for Double Bass with the USM’s Wind Ensemble and the Bottesini’s Grand Duo, with violinist Cármelo de los Santos, with the New Mexico University Symphony Orchestra, Versatilis Chamber Orchestra, Master Camerata and recently in Belém, Brazil.