Biography

Pedro Emanuel Pereira is one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. Known for his talent for performing works of various styles, the pianist also tends to improvise around compositions of diverse nature, a territory less frequented by classical music pianists.

"His playing is not only characterized by fine pianism, beauty sound, feeling of form and impressive technique, one can also find in the depth, emotional subtleness and a great temperament."

Vera Gornostaeva
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“The most distinguishing feature of his talent is his profound insight in the essence of the music he performs. His playing is totally void of any shallow effects, it is noble and sincere."

Naum Grubert
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"Pedro is an inquisitive musician, searching deep to come to his interpretations. It his rare to hear a young musician coming so close to the essence of the music he performs, not being sidetracked by any superfluous effect. His playing will impress and reach an audience without doubt. His artistry will make a contribution to musical life wherever he will be."

David Kuyken
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"He is one of those professionals whose playing is possessed such incredible natural talent, great sound and amazing sense of form."

Vadym Kholodenko
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"His improvisation carries much of his own art, his solid course in classical music, his approach to the orchestral instrument that is the piano, and his way of improvising is also different, with other motives, other influences, and other paths."

César Machado
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When he was only 15 years old, Pedro Emanuel Pereira won the International Piano Competition City of San Sebastian, Spain, in the superior category up to 24 years. One year later he made his debut at Casa da Musica, in Oporto.

Winner of the first prize and Hvorostovsky prize at the PianoVoce International Competition in Moscow in 2014, Pedro Emanuel Pereira got the first prize in more than 20 international piano competitions.

In July 2017, he won the first prize at the 19th edition of the Santa Cecilia International Competition in Oporto. With this prize he will have the opportunity to perform a series of concerts to be given in Europe.

Among them, a concert with the Oporto Symphonic Orchestra, under Martin André baton; a concert in Lisbon for the portuguese radio Antena 2; a concert in the Festival “St. Mesnil des Arts”, Moutat de Villeréal, in France; a concert in the Festival “Mas Brunet”, in France; a concert in the ”Hammerklavier Concert Series”, in Barcelona, Spain; and many others.

Pedro Emanuel Pereira was born in 1990 in Guimarães, Portugal.

At the early age of 5, he began his musical studies by playing the piano.

He then attended the musical high school in his native country where he was graduated in 2008 with honours. During his education, he studied in the class of Marian Pivka.

In 2008, Pedro Emanuel Pereira moved to Russia to study in the Moscow State Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky under Professor Vera Gornostaeva's guidance and supported by a scholarship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In 2014 he graduated with full marks.

In 2015, he moved back to Europe to study in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, under Professor Naum Grubert guidance, with a scholarship from the Jacques Vonk Foundation as the best incoming master student.

He graduated in 2017 with honours, with the highest possible mark.

During his studies in Moscow, Pedro Emanuel Pereira performed more than 200 concerts in all Russia as a soloist, with orchestras, and in chamber music groups. He gave recitals in many important halls such as Rachmaninov Hall and Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Sviatoslav Richter Museum, Big Hall of the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music, and the Moscow Kremlin.

He has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Kazan Symphony Orchestra, Moscow International Philharmonic Orchestra, Tomsk Symphony Orchestra, Kaluga Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, and the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with conductors such as Misha Rachlevsky, Borja Quintas, João Tiago Santos, A. Levin, Artun Hoinic and Feihu Tsao.

His international career has already opened him perform at venues through the world, as well as at a number of prestigious festivals in Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and U.S.A.

He will record a CD to be released by the label KNS Classical with works of Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.

He is also very often invited to give masterclasses in the countries of European Union and Russia.

In parallel with his artistic and pedagogic career, Pedro Emanuel Pereira is the Artistic Director of the Festival "Convívios ao Piano". This festival takes place in Guimarães, Portugal, and gives the opportunity to very talented young musicians and to renowned musicians to perform in this beautiful town, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2012.

Biografia

Pedro Emanuel Pereira é um dos mais sobreeminentes pianistas da sua geração. Conhecido pelo seu talento para a interpretação de obras de diversos estilos, o pianista propende-se também para a improvisação em torno de composições de diversa natureza, território menos frequentado pelos pianistas da música erudita.

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"A sua forma de tocar não se caracteriza apenas por um pianismo requintado, beleza sonora, sentido da forma e técnica impressionante. Ele também consegue encontrar nas profundezas uma subtileza emocional e um grande temperamento."

Vera Gornostaeva
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“O Pedro é um músico muito dotado. A característica mais distintiva do seu talento é a visão profunda da essência da música que executa."

Naum Grubert
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"É raro encontrar-se um jovem músico que chega tão próximo da essência da música que interpreta, sem se desviar por supérfluos efeitos. A sua música irá impressionar e tocar qualquer audiência sem sombra de dúvida. A sua mestria irá contribuir para a vida musical onde quer que ele se encontre."

David Kuyken
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"Ele é um daqueles profissionais que detém um talento natural incrível, excelente som, e um fantástico sentido da forma."

Vadym Kholodenko
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"A sua improvisação transporta muito da sua própria arte, do seu sólido percurso na música erudita, da sua abordagem ao instrumento orquestral que é o piano, sendo o seu modo de improvisar também ele diferente, com outros motivos, outras influências, e outros caminhos."

César Machado
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Com apenas 15 anos de idade, venceu a categoria superior até 24 anos do Concurso Internacional de Piano "Cidade de San Sebastian", em Espanha. Um ano mais tarde estreia-se a solo na Casa da Música do Porto.

Vencedor do primeiro prémio e do prémio Hvorostovsky no Concurso Internacional PianoVoce em Moscovo em 2014, Pedro Emanuel Pereira foi laureado em mais de 20 concursos internacionais.

Em 2017 venceu o Concurso Internacional Santa Cecília no Porto.

Com este prémio, Pedro Emanuel Pereira terá a oportunidade de se apresentar em concertos um pouco por toda a Europa, nomeadamente na Casa da Música do Porto; no Festival "St. Mesnil des Arts", Moutaut de Villeréal, em França; nos Concertos "Mas Brunet", em França; no "Hammerklavier Concert Série KNS Classical", em Barcelona, entre outros.

Pedro Emanuel Pereira nasceu em 1990 na cidade de Guimarães, Portugal.

Com apenas 5 anos de idade começou os seus estudos de música aprendendo piano. Três anos mais tarde ingressa na classe do professor Marian Pivka, e com ele, termina o curso complementar de música, na sua terra natal.

Em 2008, obtém uma bolsa de estudo por parte da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e muda-se para a Rússia, passando a estudar no Conservatório de Moscovo P.I. Tchaikovsky na classe da pianista Vera Gornostaeva.

Em 2014 termina o curso com a mais alta distinção e no ano seguinte muda-se para os Países Baixos, ingressando no Conservatório de Amesterdão na classe de Naum Grubert. Aí foi-lhe atribuída uma bolsa de mérito pela Fundação Jacques Vonk, terminando o Mestrado em junho de 2017 com a nota máxima e com a distinção de “Cum Laude”.

Durante os seis anos em que estudou no Conservatório de Moscovo, Pedro Emanuel Pereira teve uma intensa atividade como concertista tendo sido convidado a atuar em mais de 200 concertos um pouco por toda a Rússia, quer a solo, quer com orquestra, quer em grupos de câmara. Tocou em salas de concerto como o Rachmaninov Hall, a Grande Sala da Academia Gnessin, a Pequena Sala do Conservatório de Moscovo, o Grande Auditório do Conservatório de Moscovo, o Museu Sviatoslav Richter, o Museu "Pushkin" de Belas Artes, e ainda no Kremlin de Moscovo.

Atuou com inúmeras orquestras, entre elas a Orquestra de Câmara "Kremlin", a Orquestra Sinfónica de Kazan, a Orquestra Sinfónica de Tomsk, a Orquestra de Câmara de Kaluga, a Orquestra do Conservatório de Moscovo, a Orquestra Internacional Filarmónica de Moscovo e a Orquestra Filarmónica de Novosibirsk. Colaborou com maestros como Artun Hoinic, A. Levin, Borja Quintas, João Tiago Santos, Feihu Tsao e Misha Rachlevsky.

A sua carreira internacional tem-lhe igualmente proporcionado atuar um pouco por todo o mundo, tendo tocado em reconhecidos festivais em países como Alemanha, Dinamarca, Eslováquia, Espanha, E.U.A., França, Índia, Itália, Países Baixos, Portugal, Rússia, Suíça e Ucrânia.

Paralelamente à sua atividade de concertista, Pedro Emanuel Pereira é regularmente convidado a dar masterclasses em Conservatórios de Música e Escolas Superiores de Música um pouco por toda a Europa.

No verão de 2018 lançará o seu primeiro disco para a editora KNS Classical, com obras de Rachmaninov e Prokofiev.

É um dos fundadores e diretor artístico do Festival “Convívios ao Piano”, que tem lugar na cidade de Guimarães.

News

Interviewed by Evgeny Muravich RTP

Álvaro Pereira (violin) and Pedro Emanuel Pereira (piano) are two young Portuguese musicians (28 and 24 years respectively) visiting Goa under the patronage of the Consul General of Portugal Rui Baceira to perform for the concert on May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Dinanath Mangueskar auditorium, Kala Academy, Panaji. In an exclusive interview to NT BUZZ they spoke about the event and more.

After completing my music diploma, I went at seventeen to the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Moscow where I studied with Professor Vera Gornostaeva.

Q: And how and where did the two of you meet?

AP: It is strange, that although we are compatriots and are both from Guimarães, we met in Moscow! I was the only Portuguese student in St Petersburg, and Pedro the only one in Moscow. We were introduced in order to play a concert together, which we did at Moscow’s Great Hall.

Q: And since then you have played together many times?

AP: Yes. We relate well as musicians, which is the most important thing.

Q: Let us discuss your concert programme in Goa. Tell us what influenced your decision to play the Mendelssohn Violin and Piano Concerto in D minor. It is not such a well-known repertoire work.

PP: Yes, I agree. I read your article about it last Sunday in The Navhind Times. The Portuguese Consul Rui Baceira gave us an idea of the local ensemble that could make music with us for some of the concert. We realised that it was essentially a string ensemble. We also wanted a work that would allow both Álvaro and me to play, and the Mendelssohn work is perhaps unique in this regard, and it is a work of genius.

Q: And what will the rest of your programme feature?

AP: As you are aware, the Mendelssohn is a large work, lasting around forty minutes. We will play this in the second part of our programme. The first part will be a violin and piano recital. We will play works by several Portuguese composers: António Fragoso (1897-1918); Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988); and Oscar da Silva (1870-1958). And as were both studied in Russia, the programme will also have some Shostakovich: his Four Preludes Opus 34 for violin and piano.

Q: Any advice for parents regarding providing a stimulus to our children?

PANAJI: A unique classical concert will expose music lovers to the lesser known works of 20th century Portuguese composers. Portuguese musicians Pedro Emanuel Pereira on the piano and Alvaro Pereira on the violin together with 21 members of the Goa String Orchestra led by Eshvita Menezes and under the baton of Parvesh Java will perform at Kala Academy on May 23. The first half of the concert will be dedicated to chamber music and will include the works of Portuguese (Antonio Fragoso, Joly Braga Santos and Oscar da Silva) as well as Russian composers (Dimitri Schostakovich) from the last century.

A rare concerto for violin, piano and orchestra in D minor by Felix Mendelssohn will also be performed by the orchestra. "Concertos are usually written for the piano and violin or the violin and orchestra but very rarely will you find a piece written for the violin, piano and orchestra. This piece is new for us too and we would like more people to appreciate it," Pedro Pereira said.

For Alvaro Pereira, the experience of working with Goan musicians is enriching. "There's not much of a classical scene in Goa so it was interesting to share knowledge and techniques with the others. We would have loved to play traditional Goan music but we weren't able to get hold of any notations," he said.

Both Pedro and Alvaro were born in Guimaraes in Portugal and began studying music at a very young age. Pedro went on to study at the Moscow State Conservatory for six years and Alvaro graduated from Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory. The duo has been performing together for the past four years. Rui Carvalho Barceira, consul general of Portugal in Goa, during a visit to Russia was impressed by the duo's skills. "This will be the first big event since my arrival. The exchange of cultures and music is very important. Music is an international language with no barriers," Barceira said. The concert is being organized by the Portuguese consulate with Institute Camoes. Professor Margarida Miranda and Fr Eufemiano Miranda have also played a big role in the event. The concert begins at 7pm and is free and open to the public.

The classical concert begins at 7pm on May 23 and is free and open to the public

Portuguese musicians in Novosibirsk

The audience applauded standing the young pianist who has played J. S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart,Chopin, ending the program with Schumann-Liszt’s “Dedication”.

He also offered two “encores”, the last one being a beautiful improvising about the theme of one of Chopin’s preludes.

And what did he improvise about? Surprisingly, he did it with the hymns of our identity – Guimarães, Portugal and Europe. …

The way he has started the Prelude by Bach, has immediately shown that we were about to be presented with an unforgettable recital. In fact, the Sonata by Haydn has exceled by a praiseworthy style and freshness, followed by a beautiful performance in C minor of Mozart’s difficult piece “Fantasy” .

After going through the Barroco and Classical periods, the 2nd part of the recital was dedicated to Romanticism. We were delighted to hear his Chopin played with the maturity of an inborn musician, as well as the beautiful pages of Schumann-Liszt.

Pedro Pereira, still in his early fifteen’s, with a sound and brilliant career ahead .

The young pianist Pedro Pereira, a son and grandson of our city, has surprised everyone with the superior performance where he played some scholarly pieces, joining an intense but discrete expressiveness to the mastership of piano technique, which are the gift of a true artist.

Of all the pieces he performed solo, my highlight, which happens due to my love for the improvisation in arts, goes to the improvising made by Pedro Pereira where he used all the acoustic capacities of this beautiful auditorium.

And what did he improvise about? Surprisingly, he did it with the hymns of our identity – Guimarães, Portugal and Europe. …

… unique of Beethoven 9th symphony (that, with or without invoking the European treaty, shows the Europeanism of those who live in it) and “A Portuguesa” our national anthem, so often used to celebrate our greatest and most meaningful achievements, were the basis upon which, in a scholar style, the young pianist has invented superb musical speeches.

From very gentle to strong sounds, from the most intense pauses to the most vertiginous phrasing, from the transmutation of highs into lows and vice-versa, from the constant travelling between the bass and the treble, those improvisations were some of the richest, most original and technically most exemplary moments I have ever heard.

The young pianist, Pedro Pereira, still 15, has thrilled the audience with his virtuosity, expressiveness and technique, in last Thursday recital, that took place in Paços da Cultura, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Musical Academy.

By performing pieces of such well known composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, J. Hayden, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, F. Chopin, Schumann e Liszt, the young musician has set off a torrent of musical notes in continuous and aggressive cadence, which distended and alterned in melodic and romantic whispers.

The few seats taken in the audience didn’t, in any way, intimidate the young pianist who, completely focused on his performance, either stretching his neck back with eyes closed or leaning over the keyboard with a raised eyebrow, was able to turn all the empty places into a strong and effusive applause.

"Felicidade para mim é a busca da perfeição"

"Poderia dizer que o meu maior sonho seria tocar nos melhores palcos, com as melhores orquestras. Mas a verdade é que o meu conceito de felicidade é bem diferente. Felicidade para mim é a busca da perfeição, é aperfeiçoarmo-nos a cada dia que passa, é a procura da beleza na arte. É a poesia na música e a música na poesia. E enquanto estas habitarem em mim, viverei plenamente e feliz!”

É com estas palavras de Pedro Emanuel Pereira que introduzimos uma história de dedicação e talento. Pianista de alma e coração, o minhoto de 26 anos tem já no seu percurso várias atuações em palcos mundiais, construindo uma carreira que se estende desde a brisa marinha portuguesa às terras frias russas. Hoje, a viver nos Países Baixos, frequentando o Conservatório de Amesterdão, Pedro Emanuel Pereira olha para Portugal como quem vê no horizonte um império à espera de um impulso. “Muito se tem feito em Portugal para o desenvolvimento do ensino artístico, mas também estou consciente de que ainda há um longo caminho a percorrer. Temos escolas de música espalhadas por todo o país, temos jovens músicos de muita qualidade em Portugal, mas estes nem sempre têm muitas oportunidades para se apresentar em palco.

É o palco que faz o artista e penso que esta é uma questão a melhorar”, conta-nos. Mas desvendemos o início desta história, como quem lê pela primeira vez uma partitura: “Tudo começou por culpa da minha mãe. Ela sempre adorou cantar. Desde o berço que cantava para mim. Aos três anos comecei a frequentar os ensaios do grupo coral onde ela cantava e, aos cinco, ela inscreveu-me numa escola de música em Famalicão, onde comecei a aprender as primeiras notas musicais”, afirma Pedro, recordando os dias de sábado, preenchidos pelas melodias que lhe ocupavam quase todo o dia. À medida que o tempo foi passando, o tom certo foi-se aprimorando e, com a ajuda do professor Marian Pivka, o caminho de Pedro foi-se compondo, abrindo-se as portas para o mundo. “Marian Pivka ‘provocou’ a minha viagem para a Rússia. Foi ele que me inspirou e me deu as bases para aquilo que sou hoje. Sem ele não havia Conservatório de Moscovo e talvez nem houvesse piano na minha vida...”, relembra o pianista.

Perfil

Natural de Guimarães, Pedro Emanuel Pereira é um verdadeiro filho da música. Com apenas cinco anos, iniciou o seu percurso estudando piano e antecipando uma carreira com muito talento para revelar. Mas o talento de Pedro tornou-se maior do que um país, fazendo-o rumar à Rússia após ter conseguido uma bolsa de estudo atribuída pela Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. No ilustre Conservatório de Moscovo P.I. Tchaikovsky, o pianista português terminou o seu curso de forma distinta em 2014. Durante os seis anos em que lá estudou, Pedro teve oportunidade de atuar um pouco por toda a Rússia. Salas como a Rachmaninov Concert Hall, a Grande Sala da Academia Gnessin, o Grande Auditório do Conservatório de Moscovo ou o Museu Sviatoslav Richter abriram-se às suas melodias até chegar o momento de pisar, mais recentemente, a sala Suggia da Casa da Música do Porto, marcando o início do ciclo de piano de 2017. Com vários prémios conquistados, como o primeiro lugar no Concurso Internacional de Piano ‘Cidade de San Sebastian’, em Espanha, com 15 anos, ou o primeiro prémio e prémio Hvorostovsky no Concurso Internacional para Piano e Voz ‘PianoVoce’ em Moscovo, juntamente com a mezzo-soprano Anna Viktorova, Pedro encontra-se hoje a viver nos Países Baixos, assumindo-se como um ícone da música clássica.

Texto: Andreia Filipa Ferreira | 06 fev 2017 - 09:00

No princípio era o som | Pedro Emanuel Pereira TEDxGuimarães

Videos

J.S.BACH, Aria Variata 'alla Maniera Italiana', BWV 989

Sofia Gubaidulina, Chaconne. (Pedro Emanuel Pereira, piano)

F. Chopin Etude no 5 op. 10 (Pedro Emanuel Pereira, piano)

PEDRO EMANUEL PEREIRA Improvisacao s/o Hino de Guimaraes

Paganini-Liszt La Campanella (Pedro Emanuel Pereira, piano)

Pedro Emanuel Pereira plays Brahms-Busoni "Two Chorals op. 122"

Pedro Emanuel Pereira - 1st round - Bach, French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

Recordings

CHOPIN Mazurka Op. 63 N 3

Pedro Emanuel Pereira

Release Date:Oct 15, 2011

Label:Live at Moscow

CHOPIN, Fantaisie Impromptu Op.66

Pedro Emanuel Pereira

Release Date:2010

Label:The central music School at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

CHOPIN, Impromptu No.1 Op.29

Pedro Emanuel Pereira

Release Date:2010

Label:The central music School at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

CHOPIN, Impromptu No.2 op.36

Pedro Emanuel Pereira

Release Date:2010

Label:The central music School at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.

CHOPIN, Impromptu No.3 op.51

Pedro Emanuel Pereira

Release Date:2010

Label:The central music School at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.