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Pedro Rodrigues

“A rising star of the classical guitar”
-20th Century Guitar Magazine (USA)

“Rodrigues’ transcription manages to retain the heroicism and ceremony this music radiates. From the superb French-style Ouverture (in which Pedro Rodrigues shows his remarkable dexterity in the Grave and adroit use of staccato to bring out the “voices” in the three-part fugue which follows) through to the final movement, the Gigue which provide a wonderfully exciting climax, the player retains the sense of majesty this work requires.”
-Classical Guitar Magazine (UK)

“One should highlight the spectacular musicians Monika Streitová (flute) and Pedro Rodrigues (guitar) that showed how the contemporary music scene has superb musicians in Portugal.”
-Jornal Público (Portugal)

“In both cases, Rodrigues’ skilful transcription very evocatively transported us into the Baroque sound-world, preserving the public grandeur of Händel as well as the private meditative style of Bach. The ability to do justice to multiple melodic lines occurring simultaneously in the bass and upper registers is quite a feat even on a keyboard instrument, but Rodrigues was able to masterfully convey this complex contrapuntal texture on the guitar. It underscored why he is so highly respected in the music world for his transcriptions.”
-The Navhind Times (India)

“Pour la soirée d’ouverture, le guitariste portugais Pedro Rodrigues faisait découvrir à l’assistance une partie de sa vaste palette avec, entre autres, d’excellents arrangements de son cru; cela dans des domaines aussi différents qu’une imposante suite de Haendel ou que les colorées Quatro peças de son compatriote António Pinho Vargas, l’ensemble étant donné donné avec une sonorité pleine et une justesse de ton jamais prise en défaut.”
-Guitare Classique (France)

Winner of Artist’s International Auditions (New York), Sor Competition (Rome), Young Musicians Award (Lisbon) and prizewinner at Paris, Verona, Valencia, Montelimar, Sernancelhe among other competitions, Pedro Rodrigues started his musical studies at the age of 5 and the study of classical guitar at 9 with José Mesquita Lopes with whom he completed his course of study with highest honors and as recipient of the Gulbenkian Scholarship.

Later, he continued his studies with Alberto Ponce at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, receiving the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Musique de Chambre and also the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Guitare with top honors: “à l’unanimité avec felicitations du jury” and he has also taken masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Joaquin Clerch and Darko Petrinjiak.

He received his Ph.D. from Aveiro University in 2011, under the guidance of Paulo Vaz de Carvalho and Alberto Ponce as recipient of the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia Scholarship.

Pedro Rodrigues performed either as soloist, chamber music ensembles or orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa in prestigious halls like Carnegie’s Weill Hall – New York, Salle Cortot – Paris, Ateneo – Madrid, National Concert Hall – Taipei, Sala Raúl Juliá-San Juan, Endler Hall – Cape Town, Sala Manuel de Falla – Madrid, Centro Cultural de Belém – Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation – Lisbon, Casa da Música – Oporto and made recordings for RTP, RDP, RTM, SABC, WIPR, Cesky Rozhlas Broadcasting Companies and 10 CD’s for NUMÉRICA, Capella, JNS Music, Portugaler and Nuova Venezia recording labels. He was a soloist with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic, ArtAve, Algarve Orchestra among others and collaborated with Orchestrutópica, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Grupo Música Nova and Miso Music Portugal.

He is frequently invited to teach master classes in Universities in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

His transcriptions are published under Mel Bay Publications and Notação XXI.

Pedro Rodrigues is currently teaching at Aveiro University.

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