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Associate Conductor of Coro Gulbenkian, with which he has collaborated since 1976, Jorge Matta holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he taught in the Department of Musical Sciences.
An investigator, publisher and performer, he has been responsible for three hundred modern premieres of vocal and instrumental works by Portuguese composers and has given world premieres of works by Constance Capdeville, Jorge Peixinho, Fernando Lopes-Graça, Filipe Pires and Miguel Azguime. As an author and performer, he has also recorded series of TV programs such as "Música de Corte no Palácio da Ajuda" (1986), "Tempos da Música" (1988) and "Percursos da Música Portuguesa" (2008).
Jorge Matta participated in major music festivals in Portugal and abroad, and has conducted the Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra Sinfónica da RDP (Portuguese radio), Orquestra de Câmara de Macau, Orquestra de Câmara de Lisboa, Orquestra do Norte, Filarmonica das Beiras, Collegium Instrumentale de Bruges, Bavarian Radio Choir and the Boston Arts Academy Choirs.
Recent International engagements include the preparation of Coro Gulbenkian for five performances of Richard Strauss' Elektra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and staged by the late Patrice Chéreau at the Festival de Aix-en-Provence, as well for concerts in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with Real Orquesta Filarmónica de Galicia, and in Paris with Orquestra Gulbenkian.
His discography includes recordings with Coro Gulbenkian ("Canções Corais”, Filipe Pires; Libera me, Constança Capdeville; Opera Omnia, Diogo Dias Melgas; “Música Sacra”, Joaquim Casimiro Júnior; “Vilancicos negros, de Santa Cruz de Coimbra”; “Música Sacra, Pero de Gamboa e Lourenço Ribeiro”; “Fernando Lopes-Graça – Música Coral”; “Canções de Natal Portuguesas”), as well as with the ensemble Cantus Firmus and Orquestra de Câmara de Lisboa.
In 2000-2001 he was director of the Portuguese national opera theatre, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. Since 2001, he is the president of the Comission for Evaluation of Regional Orchestras.
Marco Pereira studied cello at the Escola Profissional de Música de Viana do Castelo and at Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon, with Paulo Gaio Lima. He later attended Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, where he was a pupil of Natalia Shakovskaya. During this course he had the opportunity to work with other great cello masters such as Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Phillipe Muller and Ivan Monighetti.
The string quartet has always been important from very early on in his career, reaching its peak with the foundation of the Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos. This quartet was selected as ECHO Rising Stars 2015.
In 2003, Marco Pereira won the Portuguese Musical Youth competition in both the Chamber Music and Cello (advanced) categories, and received the Maestro Silva Pereira Prize and the Young Musicians Prize. Abroad, he was awarded 1st prize in the Liezen International Wettbewerb für Violoncello competition in Austria. He also received 1st prize at the 6th Chamber Music Competition of Sardinero, Santander, in 2006.
Marco Pereira is 1st soloist in the cello section of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He regularly performs as a concert soloist, playing with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Joensuu Orchestra (Finland) and the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra (U.S.A.), amongst others. He taught cello at the University of Aveiro and University of Minho. Since 2011, he has been the D'Addario Bowed Artist and Faculty Artist of the Atlantic Music Festival - Watterville (U.S.A.).
As One Who Has Slept
Três poemas e um violoncelo
Sonata for Cello Solo
Miserere, op. 44
Drei geistliche Gesänge, op. 69
In the generous acoustics and spatial theatricality of the National Pantheon, the project Improbable Dialogues once again brings together contrasting musical styles and languages: the 16th-17th centuries are represented by Carlo Gesualdo, Gregorio Allegri and Giovanni Gabrieli, with their intimate Miserere; 19th-century Romanticism by Joseph Rheinberger; the 20th century and the present day by works of John Tavener, Henryk Górecki, Anne Vitorino de Almeida and also György Ligeti, on the centenary of his birth.
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