Principal Conductor: Orquestra Clássica de Espinho
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Credit: David Rodrigues
Currently the Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho, Portuguese conductor Pedro Neves is recognised for his exceptional versatility and musicianship on the podium. Working at the highest level across Portugal, this season sees him return to the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. Previously the Associate Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Neves also continues to collaborate with the orchestra regularly, with two projects planned this season.
He recently made his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and, following a highly successful debut with the São Paulo Symphony in 2017, Neves returned to Brazil the following year for the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival. A keen educator and supporter of young musicians, he works with Sistema Portugal’s Orquestra Geração, bringing music education to young people in disadvantaged communities. Neves is a skilled interpreter of new music and has conducted numerous world premieres. He frequently collaborates with Remix, the resident contemporary music ensemble of Casa da Música and has toured Japan and South Korea with the Sond’arte Electric Ensemble.
A conductor of exceptional versatility, Pedro Neves is noted for his consistent, high-quality music-making and expressive leadership from the podium. He is equally at home in core and contemporary repertoire and is a noted champion of Portuguese composers. Neves is currently Principal Conductor with the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho, and previous titles have included those of Associate Conductor with Gulbenkian Orchestra and Principal Conductor with the Algarve Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Lisbon-based string chamber orchestra, Camerata Alma Mater.
Highlights of the current season include return visits to the Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and Orquesta Sinfónica Portuguesa. Following last year’s successful performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, he returns to the Companhia Nacional de Bailado for a production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and conducts a special concert with the Antonio Fragoso Festival Orchestra, celebrating the works of Antonio Fragoso on the centenary of the composer’s death. He recently made his debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and, following his highly successful debut with the São Paulo Symphony in 2017 in a programme that included the world premiere of Loureiro Chaves’ violin concerto, Neves returned to Brazil the following year for the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival.
Elsewhere in Portugal, Neves has worked with Orquestra Clássica da Madeira and Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, and previously conducted an opera production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. Further afield, engagements have included the Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland and the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre in Brazil. A keen educator and supporter of young musicians, Neves holds teaching posts at Metropolitana Academy and Minho University. He also works with Sistema Portugal’s Orquestra Geração, bringing music education to young people and disadvantaged communities.
Neves is a skilled interpreter of new music and has conducted numerous world premieres. He frequently collaborates with Remix, the resident contemporary music ensemble of Casa da Música. Other collaborations include Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa as well as the Sond’arte Electric Ensemble, with whom he toured to Japan and South Korea.
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 a 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 made three recordings with the 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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“Pedro Neves deserves high praise for his expert guidance and shaping of the orchestra (always maintaining the over-all arch of the piece), whilst at the same time taking care to maintain the transparent, translucent textures that ebbed and flowed throughout… A gripping experience on all levels, stemming from an undoubtedly remarkable musical creation” (Trans.)
Bernardo Mariano, Diario de Noticias, 24 February 2018
Pedro Neves conducts the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and soloist Luíz Filíp in Celso Loureiro Chaves’ Violin Concerto, Museu das Coisas Inúteis.
SELO DIGITAL OSESP (2017)
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.
Piazzolla, Bottosini, Mouquet
Featuring Gran Duo Concertante for Violin, Double Bass and Orchestra; La Flûte de Pan, for flute and orchestra, op.15; and Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas