He studied with Paulo Gaio Lima and later with Natália Shakohvskaya.
Pereira has attended master classes with Xavier Gagnepain, Lluis Claret, Paulo Gaio Lima, Miklos Pereny, Daniel Müller Schoot, Phillipe Muller, Y. Tsutsumi, Natália Shakovskaya, Michalich, Josephina Knight, Ivan Monegheti, Natalia Gutman, Márcio Carneiro, António Meneses, among others.
In 2002 he was selected to the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra.
Pereira has played as a soloist with the following orchestras: Metropolitana Academic Orchestra, Alto Minho Symphony Orchestra, Póvoa de Varzim Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Porto Sinfonia Band, Wind Orchestra of the Aveiro University, among others.
He won the first prize in the Portuguese Young Musicians Contest, the Liezen International Wettbewerb für Violoncello in Austria, in the “III Konzert” Category and the Santander Chamber Music meetings. He was also awarded at the Júlio Cardona Performance Contest in Estoril. He won the Maestro Silva Pereira Prize.
He has recently recorded Beethoven’s 5th Sonata in D, op. 102 for Sony.
In 2005/2006 he was considered the best student of the Violoncelo-Sony class directed by Natália Shakhovskaya at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia.
Born in 1981, Marco Pereira started studying music at the Escola Profissional de Música de Viana do Castelo with Cristina Coelho and later with Petia Samaedjieva. He continued his cello studies at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra with Paulo Gaio Lima, having achieved a 20/20 score.
He has attended masterclasses with Xavier Gagnepain, Lluis Claret, Paulo Gaio Lima, Miklos Pereny, Daniel Müller Schoot, Phillipe Muller, Y. Tsutsumi, Natalia Shakovskaya, Michalich, Josephina Knight, Ivan Monegheti, Natalia Gutman, among others.
He has collaborated with several orchestras such as Orquestra APROARTE, Orquestra das Escolas Particulares, Orquestra Academica Metropolitana, Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, Orquestra Metropolitana, Proyecto Guerrero, Plural Ensemble, Remix Orquestra, Utopicaorchestra, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Nacional de Espanha or the Orquestra Freixenet. He also had the opportuny of working with conductors like Ros Marba, Juanjo Mena, D. Inball, Antonio Saiote, Sir Colin Davies, Yakob Kreizeberg, Manuel Hernandez, Ernest Schell, Brian Schembri, J. Marc Burfin, Alvaro Cassuto or Peter Csaba.
He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras suchas Orquestra Academica Metropolitana, Orquestra da Povoa de Varzim, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra Gulbenkian, among others.
In 2002 he was selected to become part of the Jeunesss Musicales World Orchestra for the Summer season in the Asian tour as well as for the Winter season tour, playing at the Berlin’s Philarmonic Orchestra Auditorium, Philarmonie and at the Konzerthaus.
He achieved several awards like the Julio Cardona Prize and the Jovens Musicos Portugueses (Young Portuguese Musicians) 1st and 3rd Prize in the chamber music category (intermediate level). In 2003 he won this 1st Prize in the cello category (upper level). During the concert by the Prize winners, he performed the Cello Concerto No.1 by D. Schostakovich with the Gulbenkian Orchestra conducted by maestro Osvaldo Ferreira. This concert was broadcast live on RDP Antena 2 (National Portuguese Radio) from the Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium. At this competition, he was also awarded with the Maestro Silva Pereira Prize from all the upper level category winners.
He won the 1st Prize in the “Liezen International Wettbewerb für violoncello” “III Konzert” category cello competition in Austria. He also won the 2nd Prize at the VI Estoril’s performance competitition; and the 1st Prize at the "VI certamen de musica de camara del Sardinero" in Santander with the Meendelsohn BP quartet in May, 2006.
He is a student at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain since 2003/2004 at the cello-Sony course with Professor Natalia Shakovskaya and her assistant Michal Dmochovsky and has obtained scholarships from Fundacion Carolina, Fundacion Albeniz and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Nowadays he also studies at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camara in Madrid with Rainer Schmidt, where he plays in the Quarteto Pandora.
He performs regularly in piano recitals in Portugal and Spain with pianist Ofelia Montalvan, accompanist of the cello course in the same school.
The Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia considered him the best student in the cello-Sony class by professor Natalia Shakhovskaya, and his "Meendelsohn BP" quartet, the best quartet in the string quartet class by Rainer Schmidt. Marco Pereira also participated in the "Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander", where he worked with great conductors such as Y. Tsutsumi, Natalia Gutman or R. Gothoni.
He was recently involved in the recording of a CD for Sony label, performing the Beethoven’s Sonata no.5 op.102 (in D)
He now plays in the recently formed Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble which is Miso Music Portugal’s newest ensemble, especially dedicated to the “mixed repertoire”.
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