Born in Coimbra (Portugal) in 1985, Pedro Carvalho has graduated from Aveiro University-Communication and Art Department. He studied the saxophone at Coimbra National Conservatory Music School with Madeira Alves and Paulo Almeida, at Espinho Professional Music School with Francisco Ferreira and at Aveiro University with Fernando Ramos.
He has participated in courses with : Arno Bornkamp, António Felipe Belijar, Alfonso Padilla, Alberto Roque, Alexandre Doisy, Albert Julià, Christian Wirth, Claude Delangle, Fabrizio Mancuzo, Gerard McChrystal, Gilberto Bernardes, Henk Van Twillert, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Marie Londeix, Jean-Denis Michat, James Houlik, João Figueiredo, José Massarão, Mário Marzi, Otis Murphy, Vincent David, Stéphane Laport, Xelo Giner, Jean-Yves Fourmeau Saxophone Quartet, Amsterdam saxophone Quartet, Quad Quartet among others.
In 2007 partcipated in Université Eropéenne de saxophone in Gap (France) with C. Delangle, A. Bornkamp, C. Wirth, V. David, J. D. Michat, F. Mancuso, P. Braquart. In 2009 won second prize in the IV International Competition of Music Terras de La Salette (Oliveira de Azemeis) – Portugal.
He has played with several orchestras like, Portuguese Symphonic Band, Espinho Classical Orchestra, Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, Porto Music Conservatory Orchestra, Aveiro University Symphonic Band, Centro Orchestra, Santa Maria da Feira Symphonic Band, Orfeão de Leiria Orchestra, Grupo de Instrumentos de Sopro Coimbra Orchestra with great conductors such as Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Ian Cober, Jan Van der Roost, José Rafael Vilaplana, Cesário Costa, Alberto Roque, Douglas Bostock, Norton Milanez, Ernst Schelle, Adelino Martins, André Granjo, Araújo Pereira, Carlos Marques, José Pedro Figueiredo, João Paulo Fernandes, Francisco Ferreira, Fernando Marinho, Luís Carvalho, Luís Cardoso, José Firmino, Paulo Martins, Pedro Neves, among others.
He has won prizes at several saxophone contests, and appeared like a Soloist with Orfeão de Leiria Conservatory Music School Wind Orchestra. He has performed in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy.
He was a teacher at Leiria Conservatory Music School and David Sousa Music Conservatory in Figueira da Foz and gave master classes and workshops in Aveiro, Águeda, Albergaria-a-Velha, Figueira da Foz, Pombal, Coimbra, Santarém, among others.
Interested in the creation and development of Portuguese contemporary music, his Master Degree Thesis talks about : “the influence of the voice on the artistic expression of a saxophone”.
He is member of the Art Sax Quartet.
Photo credit: Lara Cabecinhas