Pedro Meireles - Violin Viola
Llandovery Main Course
(Masters, RAM, DipRAM, Associate of the RAM)
Versatile and passionate, prize-winning Portuguese violinist Pedro Meireles has developed a reputation across Europe as one of today’s most exciting musicians. Currently principal concertmaster of the National Opera Theatre of Portugal and guest concertmaster of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Pedro is in demand as soloist with orchestras around the world and active chamber musician.
He holds diplomas in both violin and viola from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and was appointed Associate of the RAM in 2016 for his outstanding career achievements.
He started to study violin with his mother Maria Filomena Pires at the age of 5 and at the age of 9 he won his first contest: “Juventude Musical Portuguesa”. It was also 1st prize in the competition “Parnaso” in 1993, 2nd prize for the best interpretation of the Portuguese piece in the International Violin Competition Júlio Cardona – class B in 1997 and 1999, 1st prize in the “Young Musicians” contest of RDP – middle level in 1998 and higher level in 2000 and 1st prize in the contest “Winfred Little – Violin Prize” in 2003. He studied violin with professors Carlos Fontes and Suzanna Lidegran at the Porto Conservatory of Music where he finished the course with the highest grade. He also studied with Prof. Gerardo Ribeiro.
He debuted as a soloist with the Orquestra do Norte at the age of twelve and since then he has also played with the Chamber Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music of Porto, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra , among others. In 2004 he graduated with honours and a foundation award for his final exam at the Royal Academy of Music in London , where he is studied with prof. Howard Davis. Recorded for RDP, RTP and RAM label. He received a scholarship from Fundação Eng. António de Almeida , Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Musicians Benevolent Fund.
Pedro Meireles started studying viola as 2nd instrument at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has since been awarded the 3rd, 2nd and 1st prizes at the “Max Gilbert Viola Award” in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was also awarded the 3rd and 2nd prizes at the “Theodore Holland Award” in 2002 and 2004 as well as the 2nd prize in the “Estoril Interpretation Competition” and the “Croydon Symphony Orchestra International Soloist Prize” in 2003. In 2004, Pedro was the winner of the “Young Musicians Award” and the “Maestro Silva Award” Pereira “from RTP.
In 2007, he was a member of the jury of the “Young Musicians Award” and in 2009 of the “Competition of Stª. Cecília” in Porto. He has given annual master classes in “Curso Silva Monteiro”.
He has CDs recorded by Numérica, Naxos and Harmos Records and has recorded for RDP and RTP on several occasions.
- “Divertimenti – Haydn – Six diversions for violin flute and cello”, where Haydn plays with his father Luís Meireles to the violin Ken Ichinose on cello (2009)
- “Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival – Works on Order” to viola (2006)
- “Festival international de musique Póvoa de Varzim – Œuvres sur commande” à l’alto (2006)