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Pedro Carneiro

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(...) It is a masterly touch to round off Carneiro's dazzling performance.
Guardian (London, England)

(...) a formidable reading of these major works (...) extremely precious for its quality of interpretation.
Le Monde (Paris, France)

(...) Pedro Carneiro, who is, except the obvious choice of Maria João Pires, the most preeminent Portuguese performer of today in the international circuit.
O Público (Lisbon, Portugal)

Pedro Carneiro is one of the very few percussion players to have made an international career as a soloist, and has established himself as one of the world's foremost solo percussionists, performing regularly throughout Europe, the Far East and the USA.

Now at the age of 31, Carneiro has performed the world première of over 80 works by leading composers worldwide and appears regularly with a wide range of acclaimed musicians such as the harpsichordist Elisabeth Chojnacka; cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras; pianists Valentina Lisitsa, Michael Houston and Artur Pizarro; the Arditti, Chilingirian, Shanghai, New Zealand and Cuarteto Latinoamericano string quartets; composers Steve Reich, James Dillon, Emmanuel Nunes, Alejandro Viñao and Django Bates.

Carneiro is currently embarking on an original project for a percussionist: conducting from the marimba keyboard. His future plans include several collaborations with various chamber orchestras, featuring classical works and contemporary marimba concerti.

Pedro Carneiro took up the piano at the age of five, later studying cello and trumpet. At the Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon he studied with his father and at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama (with a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation) he studied percussion and conducting with David Corkhill and Alan Hazeldine, where he graduated in 1997 with the Head of Department Award. Pedro also studied with a scholarship from the Centre Acanthes with Sylvio Gualda in 1993, later in London with the marimbist Leigh Howard Stevens and conducting in Milan with Emilio Pomárico.

Carneiro has won several competitions and awards (Prémio Jovens Músicos, Prémio Maestro Silva Pereira, Park Lane Young Artists Auditions, Medal of Honor of the City of Setúbal, Distinction of the Orfeão de Leiria, an award from the Hattori Foundation in London, Distinction from the President of the Portuguese Republic on the 30th anniversary in April 2004, of the Carnation Revolution of 25th April 1974 and an Award from SiC TV Network in October 2004, given to 12 Portuguese rising stars, ranging from sport to music) and performs regularly in festivals and venues such as the BBC Proms, Rhythm Sticks Festival, Queen Elisabeth Hall and Purcell Room in London, Sonorities Festival in Belfast, Macau International Music Festival, Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Capital Theatre in Beijing, La Biennale di Venezia, Folles Journées, Schumannfest in Düsseldorf, Festival Classique au Vert, Festival d'Ile de France, IRCAM in Paris, amongst others. Carneiro has also performed recitals in cities such as London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Hanover, Seville, Tokyo, Seoul, Manila or Hong Kong.

Recently Pedro Carneiro performed the world premières of several new concerti written specifically for him by Erkki-Sven Tüür, John Psathas, João Madureira, Ian Wilson, Gabriel Erkoreka, Áskell Masson and others. Upcoming world premières include several concerti from composers such as Peter Lieberson, Christian Lindberg and João Pedro Oliveira.

He has also performed, commissioned and improvised with composers and sonic artists using laptops, cutting-edge technology and live electronics, such as Paul Wilson, Ricardo Climent, Pedro Rebelo, Franziska Schroeder, Ulrich Mitzlaff, Vitor Joaquim, Petra Bachratá, Pedro Amaral, João Pedro Oliveira, Paulo Raposo, Ivan Franco, André Sier, Cort Lippe, Miller Puckette, Chris Brown, Cristian Vogel, Stephan Mathieu, Ralf Wehowsky and Brandon Labelle; as well as having recently performed new solos by Japanese composers Karen Tanaka and Dai Fujikura.

Carneiro is a frequent guest soloist with numerous orchestras: BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Mozart Players, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Régional de Basse-Normandie, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symfoniorkester and Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few, working with conductors such as Petri Sakari, John Neschling, Ronald Zollman, Kaspar de Roo, Jurjen Hempel, Olari Elts, Andrew Parrott, Juanjo Mena, António Saiote, José Ramón Encinar, John Storgårds, Hamish McKeich, Max Rabinovitsj, Sarah Ioannides, Joseph Swensen, Dominique Debart and Marc Taddei amongst others.

Pedro has been heard and seen on radio and television stations throughout the world (BBC Radio 3, RAI, RNE, K-Mozart, WNYC, Artsworld, Mezzo, etc). In 2003 the British label Deux-Elles launched the solo CD "Crazy Mallets - Portuguese Music for Marimba". 2004 marked the beginning of Carneiro's ongoing collaboration with the French label Zig-Zag Territoires, who released a CD/DVD of the solo works of Iannis Xenakis in October, receiving astonishing reviews worldwide. Pedro Carneiro's new recording with the label, a solo marimba disc, is expected to be released in mid 2007. During 2006 two discs were released: John Psathas' "View from Olympus" (for piano, percussion and orchestra) on Rattle Records, featuring Carneiro, pianist Michael Houston and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; and Improbable Transgressions on Sirr-Ecords, a double album featuring marimba improvisations and their re-mixes by some of the most exciting electronic music makers of today. Upcoming releases include Erkki-Sven Tüür's concerto "Ardor" on ECM Records, a quintet disc with the Arditti Quartet, a recording dedicated to the music of Toru Takemitsu and a disc with music for marimba and live electronics.

As a composer, Carneiro's work is published by Editions BIM, Switzerland. His catalogue includes solo and chamber music, as well as works for contemporary dance. October 2003 saw the world première of his “ mots, ni signes...” with texts by the composer himself and the poet Sebastião da Gama; scored for voices, cello, prepared piano/percussion and electronics - commissioned by Câmara Municipal de Setúbal for the celebration of 250th anniversary of opera singer Luísa Todi. At the end of 2003, Carneiro finished "…when the dusk was wet with dew..." for solo percussion, inspired by the poetry of Sara Teasdale and Portuguese painter Paula Rego, commissioned by Phoenix Dance Theatre, UK. In 2005 he wrote "Quattro Ritratti" (four channel electroacoustic composition) and "Manifesto/Utopia" (six channel electroacoustic composition), the latter a ballet score for Portuguese choreographer Rui Lopes Graça. His projects for 2007 include "Baladas e Virelais" (for orchestra and narrator, inspired on the work of Guillaume de Machaut and José Cardoso Pires) and a new work for the Swedish percussion ensemble Kroumata, based on a deconstruction of António Lobo Antunes’ book “Não entres tão depressa nessa noite escura”, by the young writer Alexandre Simas Dias.

As a guest teacher, Pedro has given masterclasses, seminars and lectures in many prestigious conservatoires, universities and music courses, such as the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music in London, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Tokyo College of Music, São Paulo State University in Brazil, Instrumenta Verano in Mexico, Leigh Howard Stevens' Summer Marimba Seminar in New Jersey/USA and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, to name but a few. He is the visiting professor of solo percussion studies at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon.

An avid explorer of news sounds and timbres, Carneiro is associated with several instrument makers often performing with prototypes and mallets/sticks he designed himself. He performs on Malletech marimbas and mallets, on Zildjian cymbals, on a Black Swamp S3 Solid Shell Series Zebrawood snare drum and with snare drum sticks made by Missom.

His official website is available at

(September 2006)

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Repertoire list

Please scroll down for complete solo, chamber and concerto repertoire of Pedro Carneiro. Please note that after the composer's name, certain works are marked with the following symbols:

+ with live electronics
* with electronics
# world première
commissioned by and dedicated to Pedro Carneiro


Prism Rhapsody, for marimba and orchestra, Keiko Abe
Grace, for two marimbas and orchestra, Martin Bresnick
Going with the grain, Martin Butler
Suite d'aquém e d' álem Mar, Eurico Carrapatoso # ≠
Double Concerto (piano & percussion with ensemble), Unsuk Chin
Concertino, Paul Creston
Concerto for Oboe, Eight Timpani and Orchestra, Georg Druschetzky (1745-1819)
Water Concerto, Tan Dun
Paper Concerto, Tan Dun
Afrika, Gabriel Erkoreka # ≠
Symphony for Eight Timpani and Orchestra, Johann Fischer (1752-1807)
Rough Music, H.K. Gruber
Percussion Concerto, Jonathan Harvey
Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints, Alan Hovhaness
Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, André Jolivet
Concerto for Marimba and Strings, Peter Klatzow
Concerto Nr. 1 for Marimba and Orchestra, Anders Koppel
Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra op. 34, Robert Kurka
Percussion Concerto (2008), Peter Lieberson # ≠
Percussion Concerto (2008), Christian Lindberg # ≠
Percussion Concerto (2007), João Pedro Oliveira # ≠
Psyzygysm, John Psathas # ≠
View From Olympus, John Psathas
Glosa, João Madureira # ≠
Marimba/Vibraphone Concerto, Michael Mantler ≠
Marimba Concerto (1986, rev. 2003), Áskell Másson #
Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone, Darius Milhaud
Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra, op. 109, Darius Milhaud
Concerto pour Marimba et Cordes, Akira Miyoshi
Concerto for Marimba and Strings, Ney Rosauro
Gitimalya for Marimba and Orchestra, Toru Takemitsu
Cassiopeia for percussion and orchestra, Toru Takemitsu
Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra op. 34, Werner Thärichen
Ardor, Erkki-Sven Tüür # ≠
Marimba Concerto, Alejandro Viñao
Inquieto, Ian Wilson # ≠
Marimba Concerto, Julian Yu # ≠
Aïs, Iannis Xenakis

Solo Marimba

Michi, Keiko Abe
Variations on Japanese Children's Songs, Keiko Abe
Tambourine Paraphrase, Keiko Abe
Script, Pedro Amaral + ≠ #
Marimba Music, Daniel Asia
Nocturnal, Sérgio Azevedo ≠ #
Various Transcriptions, Johann Sebastian Bach
Reflections, Petra Bachratá ≠ # *
After Syrinx II, Richard Rodney Bennett
Je est un autre, José Luís Campana (Argentina/France)
Solos II, Sara Carvalho ≠ #
Tangaroa, Nigel Clarke
A Gravidade Liberta, Ricardo Climent + ≠ #
Various Transcriptions, Claude Debussy
Marimba Dances, Ross Edwards
Preludes, Raymond Helble
Reflections on the Nature of Water, Jacob Druckman
Del Fuego, Tomás Garrido
Linear A, Rolf Gehlhaar
Takla Makan, Piers Hellawell
Five Scenes from the Snow Country, Hans Werner Henze
Dances of Earth and Fire, Peter Klatzow
Music for Marimba and Computer, Cort Lippe ≠ + #
See ya thursday, Steven Mackey
Time, Minoru Miki
Marimba Spiritual, Minoru Miki
Conversations, Akira Miyoshi
Torse III, Akira Miyoshi
The Pira-Mide of Dido, Paulo Nazareth ≠ #
For Marimba I & II, Tokuhide Niimi
Sonante, Marlos Nobre
Crazy Mallets, João Pedro Oliveira ≠ #
Liquid Bars, João Pedro Oliveira ≠ # *
Restless, Rich O'Meara
Islands from Archipelago:II. Autumn Island, Roger Reynolds
Four Cartoons, António Chagas Rosa ≠ #
Marimbology, Gunther Schuller
Various Transcriptions, Robert Schumann
Velocities, Joseph Schwantner
Three African Dances, Emmanuel Séjourné
Night Rapsody, John Serry
Argoru IV, Alvin Singleton
Memoirs d'Automne, Isabel Soveral ≠ #
Rhythm Song, Paul Smadbeck
Rhythmic Caprice, Leigh Howard Stevens
Various Works, Gordon Stout
Mirage, Yasuo Sueyoshi
Tales of Trees, Karen Tanaka ≠ #
Mind the Gap, Luís Tinoco ≠ #
Without Words, Paul Wilson ≠ + #
Inca Roads, Frank Zappa (transcr. João Pedro Oliveira) #

Solo Percussion

Temazcal, Javier Alvarez
Clockwork Monkey Machine, Ed Bennett # ≠
Eight Pieces for Timpani, Elliott Carter
Acid, James Clarke, James Dillon
Omar, Franco Donatoni
The King of Denmark, Morton Feldman
Bone Alphabet, Brian Ferneyhough
Scorching Touch, Dai Fujikura ≠ #
Blues for Gilbert, Mark Glentworth
Toucher, Vinko Globokar
Thirteen Drums, Maki Ishii
Interieur I, Helmut Lanchenmann
The Anvil Chorus, David Lang
Rapeo, William Ortiz
Winner, M. Markovich
Tornado, M. Markovich
A Minute of News, Eugene Novotney
Music for Prosthetic Congas, Pedro Rebelo ≠ +#
HO, Massimo Romanelli ≠ #
Six Japanese Gardens, Kaija Saariaho *
Bongo-0, Roberto Sierra
Zyklus, Karlheinz Stockhausen
Vibra-Elufa, Karlheinz Stockhausen
She who sleeps with a small blanket, Kevin Volans
Rogosanti, James Wood
Psappha, Iannis Xenakis
Rebonds, Iannis Xenakis

Chamber Music

Ki Bone Gaku (Trombone and Marimba), Javier Alvarez
Cantos Tonales (En Épocas Atonales) (marimba + string quartet) Fernando Altube ≠ #
Marimolin Inventions (Violin and Marimba), Simon Bainbridge
Earth (Trombone and Percussion), Richard Barrett
Variations for four drums and viola, Michael Colgrass
Todesengel (Clarinet and Vibraphone), James Dillon
Frame (Flute and Marimba), Graham Fitkin
Tumblers (Violin Marimba + Electronics), Alejandro Viñao
Canto Circular (+string quartet), Clotilde Rosa ≠ #
Toward the Sea (Version for Alto Flute and Marimba), Toru Takemitsu
Rain Tree (2 Mar., 1 Vib. + light), Toru Takemitsu
Penthos (viola and marimba), Ivan Moody #
Spike (Piano and Marimba/Vibraphone), John Psathas
Parallel Lines (Piano and Marimba/Vibraphone), Joe Duddell
Love (trumpet + marimba), Michael Mantler #
Bagatella N.1 and N.2 (Piano and Marimba), Santiago Santero
Juego de Sombras II (Cascadas) (marimba + string quartet), Raúl Tudón Toledo ≠ #
Ends Meet (marimba + string quartet) Luís Tinoco ≠ #
Six Marimbas, Steve Reich
Sextet, Steve Reich
Nagoya Marimbas, Steve Reich

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Online Resources

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