Principal Conductor: Orquestra Clássica de Espinho
Invited Conductor: Gulbenkian Orchestra
“Pedro Neves conducts an orchestra almost empirically. The movements are subtle, the hands curl and the instruments respond. It's spectacular.”
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Principal Conductor with the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho and Invited Conductor with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Pedro Neves is recognised for his exceptional versatility and musicianship. Neves works at the highest level in his native Portugal and the current season sees him guest-conduct Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. Further afield, he debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and returns to the São Paulo Symphony for the Campos do Jordão International Winter, following his acclaimed debut last season. Equally accomplished when it comes to the contemporary repertoire, he regularly works with Sond’arte Electric Ensemble and Remix, the resident new music ensemble of the Casa da Música.
A conductor of exceptional versatility, Pedro Neves is noted for his consistent, high-quality music-making and expressive leadership from the podium. Equally at home in both the core and contemporary repertoire, he is Principal Conductor with the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho and was recently appointed Invited Conductor with the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He previously held the position of Principal Conductor with the Algarve Orchestra (2011-2013) and is founder of Camerata Alma Mater, a Lisbon-based string chamber orchestra whose concerts have been very well received by audiences and critics alike.
Highlights of the current season include concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música where he appears regularly, as well as two programmes with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. He also returns to the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa for a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake in collaboration with the Companhia Nacional de Bailado. Following his highly successful debut with the São Paulo Symphony in 2017, which included the world premiere of Loureiro Chaves’ violin concerto with soloist Luíz Filíp, Neves returns to Brazil to conduct the orchestra at the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival in July 2018.
Elsewhere in Portugal, Neves has worked with Orquestra Clássica da Madeira and Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, and previously conducted a production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Teatro Nacional São Carlos with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. Further afield, engagements have recently included Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland and the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre in Brazil. A keen educator and supporter of young musicians, he teaches at the Metropolitana Academy and Minho University. He also works with Orquestra Geração as part of Sistema Portugal, bringing music education to young people and disadvantaged communities.
Neves is an advocate of new music and frequently collaborates with Remix, the resident contemporary music ensemble of Casa da Música. He also conducts Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa and Sond’arte Electric Ensemble, taking the latter on tour to Japan and South Korea as well as conducting numerous premieres of works by Portuguese and international composers.
Formerly a cellist, Neves studied with Isabel Boiça at the Aveiro Music Conservatory, Paulo Gaio Lima at Lisbon National Superior Academy for Orchestra and Marçal Cervera at the Escuela de Música Juan Pedro Carrero in Barcelona. He obtained his degree in conducting with Jean Marc Burfin at the Lisbon National Superior Academy for Orchestra and subsequently studied with Emilio Pomàrico and Michael Zilm. Neves has recorded two CDs with Gulbenkian Orchestra on the Naxos and Gulbenkian labels and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Évora, researching the symphonic works of Portuguese composer Joly Braga Santos.
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Featuring Gran Duo Concertante for Violin, Double Bass and Orchestra; La Flûte de Pan, for flute and orchestra, op.15; and Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Portuguese Music for Cello and Orchestra
Proclaimed by Fanfare as “a delight from beginning to end: engaging, superbly played and recorded, and often very beautiful”, this recording takes the listener on a fascinating tour through some of the key Portuguese repertoire for cello and orchestra of the 20th century, including works by noted composers Luís de Freitas Branco, Luiz Costa, Joly Braga Santos and Fernando Lopes-Graça. Recorded in collaboration with cellist Bruno Borralinho and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.