SERGIO ROBERTO DE OLIVEIRA - COMPOSER
Nominated for the 2011 Latin Grammy in the category of "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" and for the 2012 Latin Grammy for the CD "Prelúdio 21 - String Quartets" for which he participated as producer and composer, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira has been actively participating in the Brazilian and international music scenes over 17 years as a composer. His work has made an impact outside Brazil, particularly in the USA and England, with lectures, interviews, concerts and musical publications. He is one of the most active and most widely performed composers in Brazilian contemporary music. His work has been widely disseminated by groups such as Quarteto Radamés Gnattali, Duo Santoro, Música Nova, GNU, Quarteto Colonial, and many others.
In England his performers included two of the leading British musicians: baroque flutist Stephen Preston and recorderist John Turner. His piece "Expresso" for solo alto recorder was published by the Peacock Press and was featured in concerts of The North West Composers' Association and The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, and his CD "Sem Espera" was released in London (upon the invitation of the Brazilian Embassy) and in Manchester (at the University of Salford).
In the United States the works of Oliveira have been part of the scene since 1999, with dozens of concerts and commissions by groups such as Mélomanie (who included "Angico", by Oliveira, in their latest CD). Other American performers of his works include the Ciompi Quartet, Tracy Richardson, Susan Fancher, Tom Moore, and many others. Falls House Press has published his works "Faces" and "Mot pour Laura" in the United States. Various articles in specialized journals and sites have cited the composer, such as the Flutist Quarterly ("Circus Brasilis - The flute music of Sergio Roberto de Oliveira"), Early Music America ("Something New for Early Music"), Andante.com ("The heirs of Villa-Lobos”), 21st Century Music, Musicabrasileira.org, etc. Sergio Roberto de Oliveira has frequently been invited to lecture at American universities, and has spoken at more than a dozen institutions including Princeton and Duke. In 2009 he was Artist-in-Residence at Duke University. In addition the USA and the UK, Oliveira's music has also been played in many countries, with invitations for concerts exclusively with his music in México, Italy and Holland (Amsterdam). The Spanish Magazine Sonograma has published 2 interviews with Sergio.
Sergio is the founder and a member of the group of composers Prelúdio 21. The group is one of the most active worldwide. It holds a distinguished place in Brazilian contemporary music, having been active for 15 consecutive seasons, with a permanent series of monthly concerts since 2008. In 2011 the group released the CD "String Quartets", with performances by the Quarteto Radamés Gnattali. Oliveira is also a member of the group of composers Vox Novus, based in New York.
To commemorate 15 years of activity as a composer, Oliveira released a box set with 4 CDs, as well as a CD with composer Mark Hagerty, and produced the series "QUINZE", with 13 concerts including his works, between July and October of 2012. More than 130 musicians, including 28 composers, participated of “QUINZE” (CDs and series).
His discography includes 14 CDs as producer, 14 as composer, 22 as general producer, 2 as arranger and 2 as pianist. His catalog of compositions includes approximately 115 works for various ensembles, including Symphony Orchestra.
Sergio Roberto de Oliveira is a member of the Latin Academy of the Arts and Science of Recording.