rias
 

 

 

Main concerts 2015

November / December:

Temporada Clássica da Metropolitana
Lisbon, Thalia Theatre [December 5, 21h]

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Nuno Vaz (French horn)
Nuno Silva (clarinet)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Coriolan Overture, Op 62 (L. van Beethoven)
Horn Concerto No. 1, Op.11 (R. Strauss)
Symphony
No. 4, Op. 60 (L. van Beethoven)

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"O Dia Seguinte - Venha ouvir uma orquestra por dentro!"
Lisbon, Thalia Theatre [December 6, 11h]


Symphony
No. 4, Op. 60 (L. van Beethoven)

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Amadora, Dom João V Theatre [November 28, 21h]

Coriolan Overture, Op 62 (L. van Beethoven)
Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 (W. A. Mozart)
Symphony
No. 4, Op. 60 (L. van Beethoven)

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Lisbon, Reitoria da Universidade Nova de Lisboa [November 27, 18h]

Symphony
No. 4, Op. 60 (L. van Beethoven)

 

Beethoven

Beethoven

Beethoven

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October:

Auditorio Nacional Madrid

AAS COMPOSER

Transmutations pour Orchestre
- la bibliothèque en feu

Madrid, Auditorio Nacional [October 8, 19h30]
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
Conductor: Baldur Brönnimann

 


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July:

AS CONDUCTOR

Festival das Artes [July 19, 21h]
Coimbra - Quinta das Lágrimas - Anfiteatro Colina de Camões

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Abertura Festiva (S. Azevedo)
Symphony
No. 9, D. 944 (F. Schubert)

 

 

F Schubert

April:

Dias da Música [April 24, 21h30]
Lisbon CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Anna Fedorova (piano)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (R. Strauss)
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 (S. Rachmaninoff)
Der Rosenkavalier, suite
(R. Strauss)

Strauss

 

Casa da Música

 

AS COMPOSER
Scherzi
[NEW WORK commission: Casa da Música for its 10th aniiversary]

Porto, Casa da Música [April 10, 21h]
Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música
Conductor: Takuo Yuasa

January-March:January-March:

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January-March:

Schubert

Temporada Clássica da Metropolitana
Lisbon, Thalia Theatre [February 21]

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Jorge Moyano (piano)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Blumine (G. Mahler)
Piano Concerto No.20, K.466 (W. A. Mozart)
Symphony
No. 9, D. 944 (F. Schubert)

 

 

Setúbal, Fórum Luísa Todi [January 17]
Lisbon, CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém [February 14, 15]
Sesimbra, Casa de Ópera do Cabo Espichel [March 6]
Lisbon, Thalia Theatre [March 7]

Jorge Martins (Don Giovanni), José Corvelo (Leporello), André Henriques (Masetto, Il Comendatore), Carlos Monteiro (Don Ottavio), Catarina Archer (Donna Elvira), Alexandra Bernardo, Liliana Nogueira (Donna Anna), Camila Mandillo Robert, Sara Afonso (Zerlina)

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Coro de Câmara Lisboa Cantat
Jorge C. Alves (choirmaster)

Jorge Vaz de Carvalho (director), J. A. Tenente (Costume designer)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)

Don Giovanni
(W. A. Mozart)

Don Giovanni

 

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Main concerts 2014

 

November:

Casa da Música

AAS SOLOIST
Porto, Casa da Música [November 1]
Casa da Música Season
Performance of Synthesiser A part from Peter Eötvös's
Atlantis

Porto, Portugal
(Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, conductor: P. Eötvös)


 

Lady Sarashina

 

October:

Peter Eötvös

Lady Sarashina (an opera by P. Eötvös)
[October 24, 25: 21h00, October 26: 17h30]
Lisbon, São Luiz Theatre

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra

Imai Ayane (Lady Sarashina)
Carla Caramujo (Princess / Young Lady / Dream Lady / Waiting Lady)
Cátia Moreso (Empress / Mother / Sister / Dream Lady / Waiting Lady)
Peter Bording ( Guard / Jester / Messenger / Father / Cat / Priest / Gentleman)

José António Tenente (costume designer)
Rares Zaharia (stage director)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


 

 

Chemnitz

KonzertSaison [October 15: 19h, October 16: 20h]
Chemnitz, Stadthalle Chemnitz

Robert Schumann Philharmonie
Soloist: Hartmut Schill
Pedro Amaral (conductor)

Paraphrase (P. Amaral)
Violin Concerto, Op. 15 (B. Britten)
Symphony
No. 7, Op. 92 (L. v. Beethoven)

 

 

 

September:

Gustav MahlerTchaikovsky

Concerto Inaugural [September 14, 17h30]
Lisbon, São Luiz Theatre

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Soloist: Pavel Gomziakov
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Blumine
(G. Mahler)
Six Portraits of Pain (A. Pinho Vargas)
Symphony
No. 4, Op. 36 (P. I. Tchaikovsky)

 

 

...as assistant conductor
to Maestro Peter Eötvös

working on Stockhausen’s Momente
with the WDR Choir and
the Ensemble Intercontemporain
in Monte Carlo, March 2014

Photo by Jean Radel (*)
(double click to download)

Peter Eötvös & Pedro Amaral

 

 

July:

Mozart

 

 

Música na Biblioteca [July 4, 21h30]
Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Lisbon, Portuguese National Library

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Symphony
No. 38, Prague, K. 504 (W. A. Mozart)
A Morte de Manfred (L. de Freitas Branco)
Symphony
No. 39, K. 543 (W. A. Mozart)

 

 

May:

Dias da Música [May 4, 21h]
Lisbon CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Abel Pereira
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Adagietto
from Fifth Symphony (G. Mahler)
Second Horn Concerto
(R. Strauss)
Sinfonietta
(L. Janácek‎)

Gustav MahlerStraussJanacek

   

 

 

Abril:

Ensemble Contrechamps

AS COMPOSER
Ensemble Contrechamps Music Season [April 15]
Genève, Studio Ansermet
Live recording by Espace 2 (broadcast: Musique d'Avenir)
Ensemble Contrechamps
Clement Power (conductor)

Organa (Pedro Amaral)

 


 

Ensemble Recherche

Ensemble Recherche Music Season [April 10]
Freiburg, Konzerthaus, Runder Saal
Live recording by the SWR (SWR 2)
Ensemble Recherche


Organa (Pedro Amaral)

 

March:

Lisbon, CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém [March 2, 3]
Sesimbra, Casa de Ópera do Cabo Espichel [April 4]
Setúbal, Fórum Luísa Todi [April 5]
Lisbon, Thalia Theatre [April 6]

Teresa Neta, Margarida Mendes (Fiordiligi), Leila Moreso, Catarina Archer (Dorabella), Sara Afonso, Lúcia Ribeiro (Despina), Marco Alves dos Santos (Ferrando), André Henriques (Guglielmo), Leandro César, Jorge Vaz de Carvalho (Don Alfonso)

Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Jorge Vaz de Carvalho (director)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)

Cosi fan tutte
(W. A. Mozart)

Cosi

 

 

 

 

Metropolitana Modern Music Season [March 9]
Lisbon CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Miguel Azguime (sound projection)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Metamorphosen
(R. Strauss)
Ruf
(E. Nunes)

ModernSeason

 

Beethoven&Strauss

 

February:

Metropolitana Classical Music Season [February 15]
Lisbon Thalia Theatre
Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Symphony
No. 3, Eroica (L. van Beethoven)
Metamorphosen (R. Strauss)

ModernSeason

 

 

January-March:

Rundfunkchor

Germany, Cologne
WDR - Rundfunkchor

Rehearsing the WDR choir for Maestro Peter Eötvös' production of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Momente

soloist: Julia Bauer (soprano),
WDR Choir
Ensemble Intercontemporain

Concerts: Monaco (March 20), Cologne (March 22), Paris (March 25)


 

January-March

 

Main concerts 2013

 

October:

Metropolitana Modern Music Season [Octobre 27]
Lisbon CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Sara Braga Simões (soprano)
Pedro Amaral (conductor)


Simple Symphony
, Op. 4 (B. Britten)
Hamlet Suite
, Op. 32a (D. Chostakovich)
Suite on English Folk Tunes, A Time There Was...
, Op. 90 (B. Britten)
Les Illuminations
, Op. 18 (B. Britten)

ModernSeason

 

 

September:

StravinskyHindemith

Metropolitana Music Season [September 14]
Biblioteca Nacional - Portuguese National Library
Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Pedro Amaral (conductor)

Pulcinella
Suite (I. Stravinsky)
Mathis der Maler
Symphony (P. Hindemith)

 

 

 

 

 

March:

Deux portraits imaginaires
[NEW WORK commission:
Casa da Música]

Zürich, Tonhalle, March 9, 20h
Remix Ensemble, Enno Poppe

 

 

Casa da Música

Deux portraits imaginaires

Porto, Casa da Música, March 12, 21h
Remix Ensemble, Enno Poppe

 

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Main concerts 2012

 

October:

Etude II - sur les colorations

Casa da Música Music Season [October 9]
Remix Ensemble
Conductor: Peter Rundel

 

September:

AS CONDUCTOR
Assistant conductor to Maestro Peter Eötvös in his production of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Hymnen mit Orchester
with musikFabrik - Berlin | Großer Sendesaal des RBB

 

April:

Transmutations pour Orchestre
- la bibliothèque en feu

[NEW WORK commission: City of Matosinhos]

Gulbenkian Season [April 19, 21h - April 20, 19h]
Gulbenkian Orchestra
Conductor: Lionel Bringuier

March:

Aria a Quattro (fragment of O Sonho) Université de Rennes II
(Ensemble Ebruitez-Vous, Soprano: Rachel Guilloux, Conductor: Yves Krier), March 29th;

 

Étude I sur la permanence du geste
(version for viola and piano - NEW first performance)

Lyon, Biennale Musiques en scène, March 15, Ensatt, 20h
(Christophe Desjardins, Wilhem Latchoumia)

Vichy, Les nuits de musiques vivantes, June 30
(Christophe Desjardins, Wilhem Latchoumia)

 

 

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2011

 

 

November:

Variações sobre a Eterna Inocência
[NEW WORK commission:
VI Synthesis - Guarda Contemporary Music Festival

 

July / November:

AS CONDUCTOR
Assistant conductor to Maestro Peter Eötvös in his production of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Momente

soloist: Julia Bauer (soprano),
Gulbenkian Choir and Gulbenkian Orchestra

 

 

 

July:

AS CONDUCTOR
Póvoa do Varzim XXXII International Music Festival [July 23]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)


O Gato das Botas (Miguel Azguime)
Ainda Escutas o Vento (Aurélio Edler-Copes)
(in)pulso(ex)pansão (Luciano Campbell)
Lacrimae
(Christopher Bochmann)

 

 

Main concerts 2010

 

Novembre / Decembre:

musikFabrik

AS CONDUCTOR
rehearsing and recording with musikFabrik
Cologne [Novembre, Decembre]


Oboe concerto (Ursula Mamlok)
Concert piece (Ursula Mamlok)
Divertimento (Ursula Mamlok)
Mouvements
(Ursula Mamlok)

 

Octobre:
Abstract (version for solo Clarinet)
Teatro Helena Sá e Costa, Porto [Octobre 16]
(Nuno Pinto)

 

Septembre:
Étude sur la permanence du geste (version for clarinet and piano)
Mosteiro de Leça do Balio [Septembre 24]
(Nuno Pinto, Elsa Silva)

 

 

AAS SOLOIST
Strasbourg, Palais des Congrès [September 24]
Festival Musica
Performance of Synthesiser A part from Peter Eötvös's
Atlantis

Strasbourg, France
(Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conductor: P. Rophé)

July:

AS CONDUCTOR
Póvoa do Varzim XXXII International Music Festival [July 24]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)


No oculto profuso (Miguel Azguime)
FlipBook (Igor Silva)
Sonderart des Kreisens (ka'mi)
Densités
(Pedro Amaral)

 

 

April / May:

 

AS COMPOSER & CONDUCTOR
The Place, London [April 25]
Gulbenkian, Lisbon [May 3]


Carla Caramujo (Salomé, Aia II, soprano)
Ângela Alves (Aia I, Salomé, soprano)
Sara Braga Simões (Aia II, Salomé, soprano)
Jorge Vaz de Carvalho (Herodes, Pessoa, baritone)
Armando Possante (Slave, baritone)
Mário Redondo (Capitan, baritone)
Otelo Lapa (actor)
Fernanda Lapa (director)
Margarida Moreira (light designer)
The London Sinfonietta

O Sonho[NEW commission: Gulbenkian] (Pedro Amaral)

 

 

 

musikFabrik

AS CONDUCTOR
Assistant conductor to Maestro Peter Eötvös in his production of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Hymnen mit Orchester
with musikFabrik - Kölner Philharmonie

 

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca,
Teatro Auditorio, Cuenca [April 2]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)


Linea de Vacio (Abel Paúl)
Itinerario de Luz (Enrique X. Macías)
Derrière son Double (Miguel Azguime)

March:
Étude sur la permanence du geste (version for clarinet and piano)
Teatro Eduardo Brazão, Valadares [March 5]
(Nuno piano, Elsa Silva)

 

 

Main concerts 2009 (September-November)

 

November:

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao [November 18]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)

Etras (Cândido Lima)
Derrière son Double (Miguel Azguime)
Timshel (João P. Oliveira)
Itinerario de Luz (Enrique X. Macías)
Ausgraben und Erinnern
(João Madureira)
O Silêncio e as Pedras
(Luís Tinoco)

 

AAS SOLOIST
Radio France - Salle Olivier Messiaen, Paris [November 13]
Festival Présences
Performance of Synthesiser 1 part from Peter Eötvös's
IMA

Paris, France
(Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conductor: P. Eötvös)

October:

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Sophiensaele, Berlin [October 26]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)

Derrière son Double (Miguel Azguime)
Primordia Rerum (Oscar Bianchi)
Talea (Gerard Grisey)
De Rerum Natura (Oscar Bianchi)
De l'Étant qui le Nie (Miguel Azguime)
Timshel (João P. Oliveira)

 
Script Geneva (Switzerland), Concours de Genève - International Music Competition (solo percussion: Benoît Maurin)

 

September:


AS CONDUCTOR
Cloister of Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon [September 17]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble + Ensemble Aleph)

Ressonâncias - Memórias (António Sousa Dias)
Gestos-Circus-Círculos (Cândido Lima)

 

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Miso Music Season
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon [September 12]
(Gulbenkian Orchestra)

The Turfan Fragments (Morton Feldman)
To Earle (Franco Donatoni)
Folio and 4 Systems (Earle Brown)
A-MÈR-ES (Cândido Lima)
Inventio(Hugo Ribeiro)
Linus (Christopher Bochmann)

 

 

 

Main concerts 2009 (January-July)

 

July:

AS CONDUCTOR
Póvoa do Varzim XXXI International Music Festival [July 24]
(Póvoa do Varzim Symphony Orchestra)

5th Symphony (L. V. Beethoven)
5th Violin Concerto (W.A.Mozart)
Metamorphoses (Luis Carvalho)
This is not a poem
(Nuno Pinho)

 

June:

AS CONDUCTOR
Gandarinha Cultural Centre, Cascais [June 24]


parts of: Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)

 

 

AS CONDUCTOR
FIVE WORLD PREMIÈRES! - A HISTORICAL CONCERT
Miso Music Season
Lisbon: Institut Franco Portugais [June 20]
(Lisbon Contemporary Music Group, Mezzo Soprano: Susana Teixeira)

Do Tempo [NEW commission: GMCL] (Ana Seara)
Dor e Amor [NEW commission: GMCL] (Carlos Marecos)
Etude II - sur les colorations [NEW commission: GMCL] (Pedro Amaral)
Cross Fade [NEW commission: GMCL] (Carlos Caires)
Lacrimae [NEW] (Christopher Bochmann)

AS CONDUCTOR
Lisbon, São Luíz City Theatre [June 9]


parts of: Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)

 

 

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Gandarinha Cultural Centre, Cascais [June 13]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble, Soprano: Frances Lynch)


To a World Free From Beliefs (Pedro M. Rocha)

De l'Étant qui le Nie (Miguel Azguime)
Pierrot Lunaire
(Arnold Schönberg)

 

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May:

 


AS CONDUCTOR
Paris, Théâtre Dunois [May 17]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble + Ensemble Aleph)


Ressonâncias - Memórias (António Sousa Dias)
Einspielung I (Emmanuel Nunes)
Rubato, Registres et Résonances (Emmanuel Nunes)
Derrière Son Double (Miguel Azguime)

 

 

 


AS CONDUCTOR
Paris, Théâtre Dunois [May 16]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble + Ensemble Aleph)

Timshel (João P Oliveira)
Gestos-Circus-Círculos (Cândido Lima)
Voi(rex) (Philippe Leroux)

 

March:

AS CONDUCTOR
"Open Week" of the National Conservatoire, pedagogical concert
Lisbon, Museum of the Azulejo [March 28]


parts of: Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)

 

 

... 2008 - last months...

 

December:

AS CONDUCTOR
Gandarinha Cultural Centre, Cascais [December 12]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)


Timshel (João P Oliveira)
Paralelus II (Duarte Dinis Silva)
O silêncio e as pedras [NEW commission: Miso Music/Sond'Ar-te] (Luis Tinoco)
Ausgraben und Erinnern
(João Madureira)
Derrière Son Double (Miguel Azguime)

 

November:

AS CONDUCTOR
National Conservatory, Lisbon [November 20]
University of Coimbra [November 19]
(Lisbon Contemporary Music Group)


Transparências (Clotilde Rosa)
Oito poemas breves de Valter Hugo Mãe (Fernando Lapa)
Remake (Jorge Peixinho)
Concerto Campestre
(Francisco Monteiro)
El Vaso Reluciente (Clotilde Rosa)

 

Rentrée - Autumn 2008...

in Warsaw, Milan, Lisbon, Pforzheim...

October:

 

AS CONDUCTOR
TOUR - Italy: Milano Musica Festival [October 5]
Germany: Pforzheim CongressCentrum [October 8]
(European Workshop Orchestra for Contemporary Music)


Hymnen mit Orchester (Karlheinz Stockhausen)

September:

Pagina Postica (String Quartet II)A
Musica Viva Festival, Lisbon CCB [September 27] (Smith Quartet)

 

   

AS CONDUCTOR
Warsaw Autumn Festival [September 26]
(European Workshop Orchestra for Contemporary Music)


Hymnen mit Orchester (Karlheinz Stockhausen)

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Warsaw Autumn Festival [September 22]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)


Timshel (João P Oliveira)
Mimesis II (Ryszard Osada)
Itinerario de Luz (Enrique X. Macías)
To a World Free From Beliefs (Pedro M. Rocha)
Derrière Son Double (Miguel Azguime)

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Lisbon, CCB [September 20]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)


Timshel (João P Oliveira)
Paralelus II (Duarte Dinis Silva)
Mimesis II (Ryszard Osada)
Aranea (insidiis noctis serenae) (Patrícia S. de Almeida)
Itinerario de Luz (Enrique X. Macías)

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Musica Viva Festival
Lisbon, Jerónimos Monastery [September 19]
(Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Miso Studio)


Mixtur 2003 (Karlheinz Stockhausen)

 

 

Main concerts 2008 (January-July)

   

July:

AS CONDUCTOR
Alentejo
(EvorEnsemble)
Tour, works by: Schönberg, Webern and Stockhausen

June:

AS CONDUCTOR
Lisbon, CCB [July 13]
(OrchestrUtopica)


Organa (Pedro Amaral)
Fulgor (João Madureira)
Alentour Allant Même (Miguel Azguime)
Pyr (José-Júlio Lopes)

June:

AS CONDUCTOR
To be announced [June 26]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)


Timshel (João P Oliveira)
Aranea (insidiis noctis serenae) (Patrícia S. de Almeida)
Duetto I (Carlos Caires)
Eleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes I) (George Crumb)
Derrière Son Double (Miguel Azguime)

May:

Aria a quattro [NEW] Madrid: Auditorio Reina Sofía
(Ensemble EQUINOXE, Mezzo: Angelica Cathariou);

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Galicia Tour [Mai 22, 23, 24]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)
Works by: Enrique X. Macías and Miguel Azguime

Adhuc (Enrique X. Macías)
Cadencias & Interludios / Percurso I (Enrique X. Macías)
Derrière Son Double (Miguel Azguime)
Itinerario de Luz (Enrique X. Macías)

April:

Pagina Postica (String Quartet II) [NEW commission: Miso Music Portugal]
Oxford Contemporary Music Season [April 26] (Smith Quartet);

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Coimbra, GIl Vicente Theatre [April 10]
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble) To be announced

To a World Free From Beliefs (Pedro M. Rocha)
Timshel (João P Oliveira)
Derrière Son Double (Miguel Azguime)
Itinerario de Luz (Enrique X. Macías)

 

AS CONDUCTOR
Lisbon: CCB
Portuguese Chamber Orchestra

Kammersymphonie, op.9 (Arnold Schönberg)

March:

SpiralesAPorto: Casa da Musica [March 29], Lisbon: Gulbenkian Foundation [March 30] (Remix Ensemble, F.Ollu);

February:

AS CONDUCTOR
Assistant conductor to Maestro Michael Zilm in his Schumann/Berg production with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra

January:
 

AS CONDUCTOR
BMC/NYC
Porto: Casa de Serralves [January 26], Lisbon: CCB [January 27]
(OrchestrUtopica)

The concert BMC/NYC performed by OrchestrUtopica, conducted by Pedro Amaral, lead us to the 50’s decade in America, with a programme composed by works of Earl Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff and Stefan Wolpe.

(...)
...Textos, Parafrases, Perspectivas...A(piano cadences) Nice, Toulouse (France)... French/Italian tour of Anne-Lise Gastaldi with piano works of the "Prix de Rome", from Berlioz until Amaral [CONTINUATION]

 

Main concerts 2007

December:
AS CONDUCTOR
TIME 2007 (Tribune Internationale de Musique Electroacoustique) CIME/UNESCO
International Radio Broadcasting: RDP2/UER
Lisbon [December 17]: Institut Franco Portugais
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)

To a World Free From Beliefs (Pedro M. Rocha)
Duetto I (Carlos Caires)
Timshel [NEW commission: Miso Music/Sond'Ar-te] (João P Oliveira)
Anamorfoses III (Isabel Soveral)
Derrière Son Double (Miguel Azguime)

November:
Abstract Vienna (Austria), Wien Modern (Remix Ensemble soloist: J.F.Silva)

 

 

October:
String Quartet Edenkoben, Germany (Pellegrini Quartett)

 

Fragment of Amaral's chamber opera on Fernando Pessoa: O Sonho [NEW commission: Gulbenkian Foudation] Lisbon: Culturgest (sopranos: Sandra Medeiros, Ângela Alves, Sara Braga Simões, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, conductor: Pedro Amaral);

Os Jogadores de Xadrez (Coro Voces Caelestes, Jean-François Lézé [vibraphone], Ana Telles [piano], Stéphanie Manzo [harp], Abel Cardoso [marimba, timpani], conductor: Pedro Amaral);

 

AS CONDUCTOR:
Le Marteau sans Maitre (Pierre Boulez)
Alto: Angelica Cathariou
Grupo de Musica Contemporanea de Lisboa;

 

September: ScriptAPorto [September 20]: Musica Viva Festival, Casa da Música (P.Carneiro); Lisbon: Institut Franco Portugais [October 13];

AS CONDUCTOR:
Musica Viva Festival
Lisbon [September 11]: Institut Franco Portugais
Porto [September 18]: Casa da Música
(Sond'Art-te Electric Ensemble)

Prólogos (Filipe Pires)
To a world free from beliefs (Pedro M. Rocha)
Voi(rex) (Philippe Leroux)
Resonant Solitude (Masataka Matsuo)
Gestos-Circus-Círculos (Cândido Lima)

 

AAS SOLOIST:
Performance of A-Synthesiser part from Peter Eötvös's
Atlantis

Luzern, Switzerland
(Central Swiss Youth Philharmonic, conductor: P. Eötvös)

August:
 

 

The Event:
- “Atelier” [August 29, KKL, Lucerne Hall, 20h]– Pedro Amaral, along with his masterclass fellows, conducted Stockhausen’s “Gruppen” in a live broadcasting in cooperation with the Swiss Radio DRS 2

The Context:
- the masterclass in conducting of the Lucerne Festival Academy

The Idea:
- six young conductors (Pedro Amaral, Miguel Real, Pablo Heras-Casado, Hsiao-Lin Liao, Kevin Edusei, Yordan Kamdzhalov) chosen by Peter Eötvös and Pierre Boulez to prepare the Academy Orchestra for a performance of Stockhausen's "Gruppen für drei Orchester"

 

  Abstract Norrköping (Sweden), Nordic Music Days Festival (Remix Ensemble soloist: J.F.Silva)

 

Main concerts 2007 (January-July)

June:

Pedro Amaral will conduct the London Sinfonietta in two of his sparkling works (Spirales and Paraphrase), plus Boulez’s luscious miniature for six instruments (Derive I) and Berio’s rarely performed Chemins IV for eleven strings and oboe (Melinda Maxwell)

 

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« What a surprise this concert was! (...) Pedro Amaral may not be well known in this country, but he’s well respected elsewhere in Europe.

The concert began with Amaral’s Spirales, for chamber orchestra. It may last only ten minutes, but it’s densely scored and detailed. There’s a strong sense of movement, as if the music were a living organism, curling and twisting in a kind of ritual dance. It turns on pivots, often announced by percussion. Whatever the theory behind it, it’s lively and interesting on its own terms.

A musicologist as well as musician, Amaral’s grounding in musical analysis is firm. Stockhausen admired his doctoral thesis (...). He conducts a lot of Stockhausen, but for this concert chose to conduct two pieces by Boulez and Berio, who have been his major influences. First, Amaral led six of the Sinfonietta players in Boulez’s Dérive 1. Although Spirales sounds nothing like Dérive 1, hearing them together showed how both follow an inner structural logic. As a conductor, Amaral is clear and incisive, perhaps a result of his feel for musical shape and form. He really seems to have a keen perception of “how” music works. After the concert, I crept up to look at his score, and noticed how clearly he had marked it. That sort of vision is the basis of interpretation: there’s nothing sloppy or accidental about good conducting.

Melinda Maxwell substituted at very short notice as oboist in Berio’s Chemins IV. Hearing it live was good, because it revealed a very strong feeling of “sound in space”, the music shaped by the dynamics of performance. Nine string players are grouped in three, with two double basses to extend the range. The oboe leads, rather like an incantation. (...)

Amaral’s Paraphrase was premiered in London in February 2006, by the Sinfonietta under Peter Eötvös, Amaral’s mentor and conducting teacher. At the time, I thought it was too inhibited, though it clearly had potential. How delighted I was to hear it again, played in a much wilder, more vivacious manner! It’s a piece that arose from an earlier work. Apparently, Amaral takes ideas from the first, transmuting them into something completely different. Before the concert in 2006, he described the process as being like the way buildings grow out of earlier structures, an unending sequence of renewal. Whatever its origins, Paraphrases is a vigorous, passionate piece. It’s shaped with bold, strong blocks of sound. Within each block the layers are detailed, yet are integrated well and move together, each stage of development clearly defined, so even when there are ricochets and reiterations, the overall structure is strong. It must be a pleasure to play because individual parts are interesting. The trombone curls and twists, and, at critical turning points, the violins lead, but playing extremely quietly, so you hardly realize the significance of the figure before it passes, which is even more effective than if they were obvious. Primarily though, this is a dialogue between piano and trumpet, crossing diagonally over the rest of the orchestra. Paul Archibald was the soloist this time. The pianist was again the esteemed John Constable. The vivacity of the trumpet inventions contrasted well with the more measured, solemn piano.

Amaral is still young (born 1972) but has plenty of potential. I hope the Gulbenkian recordings will be successful and bring more attention. Like the Finns, the Portuguese seem to produce a lot of interesting music relative to the size of their populations, but from past experience, the music hasn’t been effectively marketed. (...)

Amaral’s music, especially, is distinctly mainstream European, so I hope we’ll hear much more of him.»

Anne Ozorio,
Seen and Heard international [www.musicweb-international.com]
(London, June 2007)

 

May:

AS CONDUCTOR:
Lisbon: Centro Cultural de Belém
(Pianists: Ana Telles & Ana C. Bernardo)

Music for Two Pianos (Christopher Bochmann)

March:

AAS SOLOIST:
Performance of A-Synthesiser part from Peter Eötvös's
Atlantis

Torino, Italy
(Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, conductor: P. Eötvös)

February:
Pop cisuM (a musical improvisation)A[NEW commission: Drumming - Percussion Ensemble] Braga, Compostela (Drumming/Miquel Bernat);
January:

AAS SOLOIST:
Performance of A-Synthesiser part from Peter Eötvös's
Atlantis

Hamburg, Germany
(Hamburg Staatsoper Orchestra, conductor: P. Eötvös )

(...)
...Textos, Parafrases, Perspectivas...A(piano cadences) French/Italian tour of Anne-Lise Gastaldi with piano works of the "Prix de Rome", from Berlioz until Amaral [CONTINUATION]

 

 

Main concerts 2006

October:
LuminescencesAParis: Cité de la Musique; Poitiers: Les concerts Allumés; Lyon: Grame (L'instant Donné, C.Desjardins); Organa Rennes Ebruitez-vous! Festival (Ensemble Ebruitez-vous!/Y.Krier);

September:

LuminescencesAStrasbourg: Musica Festival (L'instant Donné, C.Desjardins); Abstract [NEW commission: Casa da Musica] Strasbourg: Musica Festival [September 24], Paris: Thêatre des Bouffes du Nord [October 23], Porto: Casa da Música [November: 4 & 5] (Remix Ensemble soloist: J.F.Silva); Great interview by Bastien Gallet, at "Espace 2" / Radio Swisse Romande, followed by the integral broadcasting of Amaral's concert at Archipel Festival (with the premiere in Switzerland of his Luminescences);

AS CONDUCTOR:
Stockhausen's Trans
Lisbon Musica Viva Festival (Gulbenkian Orchestra);
August:
Live interview at Italian radioARai Tre, followed by the broadcasting of Amaral'sA concert at Villa Medici - Densités, Script, Transmutations

June:

AAS CONDUCTOR:
South-American premieres of:
Funf Sternzeichen (Stockhausen), zeroPoints (Eötvös)
world premiere of Pan (Flo Menezes)

Sao Paulo: City Theatre
(Sao Paulo City Symphony Orchestra);

May:
...Textos, Paráfrases, Perspectivas... (piano cadences)AParis: Institut Cervantes (Jean-Marie Cottet);
April:
ScriptAParis: IRCAM (P.Carneiro);A
March:
LuminescencesA[NEW commission: French State] Lyon: Grame - Biennale Musiques en Scène (Geneva); Organa Brussels: Ars Musica (Prometheus Ensemble/E.Siebens);

AAS CONDUCTOR:
musical direction of eight short operas:

A morte de João Espergueiro (Eduardo Patriarca)
Carta do Achamento (Bruno Gabirro)
A Floresta em Dodona (Angela Lopes)
O Gelo (Luis Soldado)

Jerusalem (Vasco Mendonca)
Antígona (Luis Cardoso)
Orfeu (Fernando Lobo)
Camões (Sara Carvalho)

Lisbon: St. Louis Theatre
(Portuguese Youth Symphony Orchestra);

February:
ParaphraseA[NEW commission: Gulbenkian Foudation] London: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Lisbon: Gulbenkian Hall (London Sinfonietta/P.Eötvös);
January:
LenziAFlorence: Palazzo Lenzi / TempoReale (C.Desjardins);

 

Main concerts 2005

...from October...

...Textos, Parafráses, Perspectivas...A(piano cadences) French/Italian tour of Anne-Lise Gastaldi with piano works of the "Prix de Rome", from Berlioz until Amaral;

September:
monographic concerts - Densités, Script, Transmutations -ARome and Naples (soloist: P.Carneiro, Helios Ensemble/P.Amaral); Anamorphoses Musica Viva Festival (Gulbenkian Orchestra/R.Rivolta);

June:

Etude sur la permanence du gesteA[NEW commission: Ensemble SeicentoNovecento] Roma: Villa Lante (A.Giovannini: contraltista, F.Quattrocchi: pianoforte storico Pleyel);

 

AS CONDUCTOR:
Stockhausen's Hymnen mit Orchester
Lisbon: Culturgest (Portuguese Youth Symphony Orchestra);

April:
DensitésA[NEW commission: WDR] Witten festival (Ensemble InterContemporain);
March:
OrganaATokyo Opera City (Ars Respirant Ensemble/P.Amaral); Lisbon: CCB (OrquestrUtopica Ensemble/C.Costa);