Interview with a LACSI Faculty Member: Milton Masciadri
Milton Masciadri is a professor at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Internationally known, he draws students from all over the world to take his classes, and LACSI is proud to say he is part of our Faculty. See his interview below to learn a little about his history with Latin America.
How are you affiliated with LACSI?
I had been affiliated with LACSI since it was just an idea and later become part of the International education and eventually a separate institute. The fact that I grew up in Latin America , Uruguay and grew up in Brazil at the same time that I was involved at the Federal System of Universities in Brazil that help in establishing the connections that LACSI needed at the time.
Where are you originally from and how did you end up at UGA?
As I said I was born in Uruguay of Italian immigrants and the family later transfer to Brazil where I grew up studied and worked. As a professor at the Porto Alegre Symphony orchestra and Federal University of Santa Maria and later at the Federal Univeristy of Rio Grande do Norte. After my graduate degrees in the Connecticut and New York I came to Georgia where I have been for the last 30 years.
How did you get your start as a double bassist?
Music has been a family tradition already in Italy and that continued in Uruguay and later in Brazil. My grand Father was a double bassist so was my father. I found very natural to continue on those steps but I also pursued Chemical Engineering at the University in Brazil ( a passion that I had from very young ).
What is your favorite memory at UGA?
I have plenty of wonderful memories at UGA from students to faculty but the honor of being designated “University Professor” was a nice top to all my activities at the University.
What has been your greatest achievement?
Many activities had been important in my life from being a professor to being invited to perform in such Venues as Lincoln Center, Teatro Colon in Argentina, La Fenice in Venice, La Scala or Paris Opera. But I guess some of the most important will be the designation of UNESCO Artist for Peace where you represent artist all over the world for the United Nations or the Knighthood designation of “Cavaglieri di San Marco” for my work in the preservation of Venice and the Italian people.