Pedro carneiro, olo percussionist

Pedro carneiro, olo percussionist

Classical Tour

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An astonishing performer, who combines breathtaking technique with sublime artistry, Pedro Carneiro is one of the very few percussion players to have made an international career as a soloist, performing regularly throughout Europe, the Far East and the USA.  Audiences worldwide have been captivated by his passion and energy while he has garnered critical acclaim for his performances of new works by leading composers such as Steve Reich, Egberto Gismonti, James Dillon, Emmanuel Nunes and Django Bates.  Having performed at the 2004 Sonorities Festival in Belfast, Portugal’s Pedro Carneiro returns to Ireland on a Music Network tour from March 28 – April 5.  The programme includes his own solo marimba transcriptions of Bach and Schumann, newly commissioned works reflecting influences from all corners of the globe, as well as the world première performance of Clockwork Monkey Machine for marimba and percussion by Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett.  Music Network tours are grant-aided by the Arts Council and presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.  Further information from or from (01) 671 9429.

A graduate of the Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon, Pedro Carneiro won a scholarship to London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama (from the Gulbenkian Foundation) where he studied percussion and conducting, graduating in 1997 with the Head of Department Award.  Now at the age of 30, Carneiro has performed the world première of over 70 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 Chilingirian and Shanghai string quartets, composers Steve Reich, Egberto Gismonti, James Dillon, Emmanuel Nunes and Django Bates.

Carneiro has won several competitions and awards and performs regularly in festivals and venues such as the BBC Proms, Rhythm Sticks Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room in London, Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Capital Theatre in Beijing, La Biennale di Venezia, Schumannfest in Düsseldorf, 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.

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, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symfoniorkester and Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

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 Autumn 2006. 

As a guest teacher, Pedro has given masterclasses, seminars and lectures around the world and he is the visiting professor of solo percussion studies at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon.  Carneiro is also 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.


Bach Sonata No 1 in G minor (marimba)

Schumann excerpts from Album for the Young, Op 68 (marimba)

Abe Variations of Japanese Children’s Songs (marimba)

Másson Kím (snare drum)

Bennett Clockwork Monkey Machine (marimba/percussion)

Sierra Bongo-o (bongos/voice)

Tanaka Two movements for marimba

Schwantner Velocities (marimba)

Xenakis Rebonds B (percussion

On Tour: Tues 28 March Letterkenny (Letterkenny Arts Centre, 8.30pm), Wed 29 March Galway (Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI, Galway, 8pm), Thurs 30 March Castlebar (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Fri 31 March Lisburn (Island Arts Centre, 8pm), Sat 1 April Downpatrick (Down Arts Centre, 8pm), Sun 2 April Belfast (Sonic Arts Reseach Centre, 8pm), Tues 4 April Dublin (Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wed 5 April Listowel (St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, 8pm)

This tour is kindly supported by the Embassy of Portugal.  Pedro Carneiro is presented in Northern Ireland by Music Network and Moving on Music, and is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and BT in the Community.

"…a charismatic percussionist who transforms the repetitive, ritual-like rhythmic cells into an exciting streaming river of sounds."


"At times he could almost be said to be dancing as he bobs to the rhythms…an exhilarating experience. "

- The Observer