Jean Reis is a versatile musician known for his conducting, artistry on the violin, studio teaching, and abilities as an artistic director.
A frequent guest conductor in South America, North America, and Europe, he has premiered many works by composers from Brazil, the United States, Argentina, and former Yugoslavia. Among these are the premières of Arthur Barbosa’s Violin Concerto and Symphony in the United States and Brazil, as well as many string orchestra and symphonic works.
Reis enjoys a reputation in Brazil as a creative organizer of festivals, orchestras, and other successful music projects. An outstanding example of his work in this area is found in the Music in the Mountains Festival, which he started in 2000. Having grown from 150 to more than 1,000 participants within three years, it was hailed as "outstanding" by Bravo magazine and listed as one of the best music festivals in Brazil.
Reis earned his MM degree in both Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting at Andrews University and the University of Redlands.
He has led the Arpeggione Orchestra (Austria), the Mont Blanc Chamber Orchestra (France), the Symphonic Band of the City of Buenos Aires, the Mendoza Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Ballet, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Culture Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra Orchestra of the State of Sao Paulo, the Campinas Symphony Orchestra, the Eleazar de Carvalho Chamber Orchestra, the University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Choir, the University of North Dakota String Orchestra, the University City Symphony in Missouri, the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO, Vietnam), and the Opening Concert of the Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, Mississippi. Conducting the Symphony of the Americas, he premiered both Arthur Barbosa's Brazilian Symphony and the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by William Bernstein Seixas at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. He also premiered the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Arthur Barbosa with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, where he served as assistant conductor. Reis has enabled many young Brazilian musicians to continue their studies in the United States.
As the guest conductor of the Hot Music Festival in Arkansas in 2009, he recorded the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Alan Shulman played by cellist Wesley Baldwin. He was also the guest conductor in 2011 for The National Music Festival in the U.S. and Espressivo Music Festival in the Republic of Montenegro.
Reis was a violinist in several major orchestras in São Paulo, Brazil, including the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo, the State Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo and the Jazz Orchestra of the State of Sao Paulo. While in the United States, he was a member of the Riverside Symphony Orchestra, the Riverside Opera Company Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Redlands Bowl Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and the Gulf Port Symphony Orchestra.
Reis served as professor of violin and orchestral performance at the Free University of Music and ACARTE. As part of the Paulista String Quartet, he performed in major concert halls throughout Brazil, the United States, and Europe. He served as the first violinist and assistant conductor for the musicals Chicago and Beauty and the Beast (Broadway and Disney, respectively) in Brazil’s CIE productions in Sao Paulo.
Reis is the recipient of the title of Citizen of Poços de Caldas for his contribution to the arts and culture of the city. He is the founding conductor and music director of Orchestra Versatilis. For two years he was invited by the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris to take part in the violin jury for the Concertist Diploma. Reis has enabled many young Brazilian musicians to continue their studies in the United States.
Recently, Reis received the title of "Comendador," the highest honor conceded by the Brazilian Society of Arts, Culture and Teaching, for his merits in favor of music.
Currently, Jean Reis is the music director of five international music festivals in four states of Brazil: Festival Internacional Música na Serra, Festival Internacional Música no Pampa, Festival Música nas Montanhas, Festival Internacional de Música de Bauru and Festival Internacional de Música de Ivoti. He is the founder and maestro of the Versatilis Orchestra.