João Pedro Oliveira


 

Composer João Pedro Oliveira holds the Corwin Endowed Chair in Composition for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He studied organ performance, composition and architecture in Lisbon. He completed a PhD in Music at the University of New York at Stony Brook. His music includes opera, orchestral compositions, chamber music, electroacoustic music and experimental video. He has received over 50 international prizes and awards for his works, including three Prizes at Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, the prestigious Magisterium Prize and Giga-Hertz Special Award, 1st Prize in Metamorphoses competition, 1st Prize in Yamaha-Visiones Sonoras Competition, 1st Prize in Musica Nova competition. He taught at Aveiro University (Portugal) and Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). His publications include several articles in journals and a book on 20th century music theory.

 

 

WORK List

Opera

Patmos. Opera; 1990. 45’

 

Orchestral / Choral

Tessares. Orchestra; 1991. 19’

Visão. Soprano and Orchestra, electronics; 1992. 25’

Requiem. Orchestra, 2 Choirs, Soloists and electronics; 1994. 70’

Shîyr. 2 sopranos, Orchestra and electronics; 2003.            26’

Abyssus Ascendens ad Aeternum Spendorem. Piano, orchestra and electronics, 2005. 18’

Cassiopeia. Percussion, Orchestra, electronics, 2008, 24’

Ut ex Invisibilibus Visibilia Fiant. Orchestra, 2010 (rev. 2017), 14’

 

Chamber Music

Etude for Five Instruments. Flute, clarinet, piano, cello, percussion; 1984. 12’

Threads I. Oboe, english horn, viola, piano, celesta, double bass; 1987.  13’

Threads II. 13 Instruments; 1987. 13’

Images de la Mémoire. Soprano and String Sextet; 1992. 22’

Kity. 5 Percussionists; 1993.  8’

Peregrinação. String Quartet; 1995.  14’

ultimate strenght. Saxophone Quartet; 1998. 9’

Pyramids. 2 pianos. 1998. 10’

Le Voyage des Sons String Sextet, soprano, mezzo, and electronics; 1998-99.  32’

…there are those who say that life is an illusion… Fl, Ob, Trpt, Perc, Vln, Cello, electronics; 1999. 10’

On the Rocks, 4 Percussionists, electronics, 2000. 10’

Íris Vln, Cl, Vcl, Pno, electronics; 2000. 12’

Labirinto. String Quartet and electronics; 2001. 16’

Adagio. Doublebass Quartet; 2001. 8’

O Abismo e o Silêncio (4 Songs) Textos by Fernando Pessoa. Sopr, vln, vla, vcl, pno, hrp, tape; 2001. 22’

Le Chant de L´Oyseau-Lyre. Fl, Ob, Cl, Pno, Perc, Vln, Vcl; 2002. 11’

Litania. Tenor Sax, guitar, electronics; 2003. 11’

Spiral of Light. String Quartet; 2005. 13’

Beyond. Vln, Cl, Piano, electronics; 2006. 12’

Timshel. Fl, Cl, Vln, Vcl, Piano, electronics; 2007. 15’

Entre o Ar e a Perfeição. Flute, piano and electronics; 2009. 9’

Hokmah. Clarinet, piano; 2009. 9’

Towdah. Flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, electronics; 2009. 15’

Angel Rock. Bass clarinet, marimba, electronics. 2011. 11′

Organa. Six Organs. 2011. 12′

Intersections. Cello,vibraphone, electronics. 2012. 10′

Synaesthesia. Vibraphone, marimba, steel drums, electric guitar. 2012. 11′

Kinetic Energy. Vibraphone, marimba. 2012. 8’

IMH. 6 percussions, electronics. 2013. 12’

Games for James. Guitar, piano; 2013. 8’

Broken Loops. 2 percussions; 2013. 10’

Burning Silver. Guitar, flute, electronics; 2014. 8’

Titanium. Piano 4-hands, electronics; 2014. 13’

Chroma. Piano, percussion, electronics. 2012-2014. 10’

Improvisação sobre texto Augusto de Campos. Open instrumentation and voice. 2014. 6’

6 Alleluias. 6 iberian organs. 2011-2015. 12′

Bridges and Gardens. Percussion Ensemble. 2016. 10’

Tensão-deformação. Fl, pno, vln, vcl. 2017. 8’

Enigma. Cello, piano. 2018. 11’

Pulsar. Percussion ensemble. 2018. 15’

Dark Energy. Cello, Double Bass, electronics. 2018. 10’

Tensão-deformação. Version for fl, pno, guitar, vcl, perc. 2018. 11’

Hexágono. Fl, accordion, marimba, vibraphone, violin, cello. 2019. 9’

A Delicada Essência dos Sonhos. Soprano sax, accordion, viola, cello. 2020. 10’

Assonâncias. Flute, tenor sax, guitar, glockenspiel, electronics. 2020. 7’

 

Solo Instrumental Music

Sete Visões do Apocalipse. Organ; 1982. 20’

Integrais I. Violin; 1986. 11’

Integrais II. Clarinet; 1986. 7’

Integrais III. Horn; 1986. 8’

Integrais IV. Saxophone; 1987. 8’

Sombras. Harpsichord, live-electronics; 1989. 13’

Pirâmides de Cristal. Piano. 1993. 14’

Harmonias e Ressonâncias. Organ. 1996. 16’

Crazy Mallets. Marimba. 1998. 9’

A Escada Estreita. Flute (alto and bass) and electronics. 1999. 10’

In Tempore. Piano and electronics. 2000. 11’

Liquid Bars (Lâminas Líquidas). Marimba and electronics. 2002. 12’

Time Spell. Clarinet and electronics. 2004. 13’

Livro de Órgão Ibérico (Iberian Organ Book). Organ. 1998 (rev. 2006). 17’

Maelstrom. Cymbalom and electronics. 2006. 8’

L’ Accordéon du Diable. Acordeon and electronics. 2006. 10’

Mosaic. Piano and electronics. 2010. 10’

Mosaic. Piano, toy piano and electronics. 2010. 13’

Vox Sum Vitae. Vibraphone and electronics. 2011. 9’

Magma. Violin and electronics. 2014. 11’

ff (Frozen Fred, Frozen Franz, Frozen Ferenc). Piano. 2012-2016. 12’

Rust. Viola and electronics. 2014. 8’

Hû yeshûphekâ rô’sh. Organ. 2015. 12’

Heavy Metals. Bassoon and electronics. 2016. 9’

Derivative I. Violin. 2017. 8’

Full Moon. Trombone. 2018. 7’

Mercury. E-flat clarinet, electronics. 2018. 9’

Singularity. Cello, electronics. 2019. 10’

Kontrol. Percussion, electronics 2019. 9’

Bass on Fire. Doublebass, electronics, video. 2020. 7’

City Walk. Percussion. 2020. 10’

 

Tape / Electroacoustic Music

Psalmus. 1986. 13’

Canticum. 1987. 13’

A Cidade Eterna. 1988. 15’

Triptico. 1991. Music for the museum of Fine Arts of Ghent (Belgium). 15’

Atlas. 1998. Music for the Pavillion of the Future at the World Exhibition EXPO 98. 10’

Rumo ao Futuro; 1998. Music for the Pavillion of the Future at the World Exhibition EXPO 98. 15’

Mahakala Sadhana; 1999. 10’

Et Ignis Involvens; 2005. 10’

‘Aphâr; 2007. 11’

Hydatos; 2008. 12’

Neshamah; 2015. 10’

La Mer Émeraude. 2018. 11’

N’vi’ah. 2019. 12’

 

Video

Hydatos; 2008 – 2013. 13’

Et Ignis Involvens; 2005 – 2014. 11’

‘Âphâr; 2007 – 2015. 10’

Neshamah; 2016. 10’

Petals; 2016. 10’

In Tempore; 2016. 11’

Tesseract; 2017. 9’

Storms; 2018. 9’

Things I have Seen in My Dreams. 2019. 11’

 

Music for Public Spaces

Tríptico; 1991. 15’

Silence to Light; 1993. 12’

Observatório dos Oceanos; 1998. 15’

Azul Profundo; 1998. 15’

Atlas; 1998. 15’

Rumo ao Futuro; 1998. 15’

 

Short Works

Bagatela. Piano. 1995. 3’

Looking Into the Mirror. Piano and electronics. 2003. 1’

Torre de Névoa. Piano and Soprano. Poems by Florbela Espanca. 2006. 3’

The Fifth String. Violin and electronics. 2007. 2’

A Tre. Piano 4 hands and electronics. 2008. 2’

Jet. Flute and electronics. 2015. 2’

The Fifth String II. Viola and electronics. 2015. 2’

Saxtronic. Saxophone and electronics. 2018. 3’

 

 

Commissioned works

-European Community Youth Orchestra (UK)

Threads II

-Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal)

Threads I

Visão

Labirinto

Et Ignis Involvens

Abyssus Ascendens ad Aeternum Splendorem

Hydatos

-Sudwest Rundfunk Studio Freiburg (Germany)

Angel Rock

-Orquestra Sinfonica Arturo Toscanini (Italy)

Tessares

-Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal)

Ut Ex Invisibilibus Visibilia Fiant

-Commande dÉtat (France)

Images de la Mémoire

-Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Japan)

Silence to Light

-Institut de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges

Time Spell

-Sextuor à Cordes de l’Artois (France)

Horizonte

-Contemporary Music Society of Barcelona (Spain)

Bagatela

-Mixtur Festival (Spain)

Tesseract

-Trio Mediterrain(Germany)

Beyond

-Inhotim Art Center (Brazil)

IMH (In Memoriam Harvey)

-Ministry of Culture (Brazil)

Chroma

-Ministry of Culture (Portugal)

Patmos

A Escada Estreita

Adagio

Litania

Games for James

Tension-defomation

-Teatro Nacional S. Carlos (Portugal)

there are those who say that life is an illusion

-Association Art and Culture of Seia (Portugal)

Magma

Heavy Metals

-Viseu Conservatory

Mosaic

Singularity

-Comissão dos Descobrimentos (Portugal)

Triptico

Le Voyage des Sons

-Matosinhos City Hall (Portugal)

Pirâmides de Cristal

Peregrinação

5 Schubert Lieder (Orchestration)

Harmonias e Ressonâncias

ultimate strenght

Lâminas Líquidas

-Vila Nova de Gaia City Hall (Portugal)

In Tempore

-Society Lisbon 1994 (Portugal)

Requiem

-Escola Profissional de Espinho (Portugal)

Kyti

-EXPO 98 – Worls Exhibition (Portugal)

Atlas

Rumo ao Futuro

Azul Profundo

Observatório do Oceano

-Remix Ensemble (Portugal)

Le Chant de L’Oyseau-Lyre

-Fátima Sanctuary (Portugal)

Hû yeshûphekâ rôsh

-Cultural Center of Belém (Portugal)

On the Rocks

-Festival de Leiria (Portugal),

Íris

-Festival de Música Sacra de Viana do Castelo

Shîyr

-Festival de Alcobaça (Portugal),

Spiral of Light

-Conservatory of Viseu (Portugal)

Mosaic

-Contemporary Chamber Music Group of Lisbon

Towdah

O Abismo e o Silêncio

-Casa da Música Porto (Portugal)

Cassiopeia

-Arte no Tempo Association (Portugal)

Pulsar

Saxtronic

Assonâncias

City Walk

-Ibermúsicas (South America)

Neshamah

N’vi’ah

– Musicamera (Portugal)

Dark Energy

Light Particles

 

RECORDINGS
Monographic CDS
Duo Sigma Interprets João Pedro Oliveira. CD Minas de Som. 2019
Piramides de Cristal (complete piano music), Cd mpmp 2019
On Clarinet – Clarinet Works by João Pedro Oliveira. 2019
Mosaic – Works by João Pedro Oliveira. Editions mpmp. 2013
Labyrinth – works by João Pedro Oliveira. Classic Concert Records. 2012
Entre o Ar e a Perfeição – Oficina Música Viva toca João Pedro Oliveira. FAE. 2011 Maelstrom – works by João Pedro Oliveira. Phonedition, 2010
João Pedro Oliveira: Electronic and Computer Music, CD Num 1011.
João Pedro Oliveira: Compositions for EXPO 98. CD Num 1054.
In Omni Tempore – works by J. P. Oliveira. CD Num 1122.
Peregrinação, Harmonias e Ressonâncias, 5 Schubert Lieder. CD Num 1088.Link to covers and information:http://www.jpoliveira.com/Joao_Pedro_Oliveira/CDs.html

 

Other Cds:
Spiral of Light in Arditti Quartet plays portuguese chamber music. Etceterea KTC 1399. 1999. Peregrinação in Arditti Quartet plays portuguese chamber music. Etceterea KTC 1242. 2010.
Bagatela. In “Album de Colien. Musica Portuguesa e Espanhola do Séc. XX”. CD Honneger, 1995. Bagatela. In “Música Portuguesa para Piano”, CD Num 1086, 1999
Pirâmides de Cristal. In “Música Portuguesa do Séc. XX”. CD Num 1053, 1996
Pirâmides de Cristal. In “Música Portuguesa para Piano – anos 90”, CD Num 1097, 2001.
A Escada Estreita. In “Nova Música Para Flauta”, CD Num 1095, 2001
Crazy Mallets. Portuguese Music for Percussion. CD Deux-Elles. 2002.
Labirinto. In Cultures Electroniques no 16. CD Mnemosyne. 2002
In Tempore. Contemporary Portuguese Music. CD Num 1123 2004.
Mahakala Sadhana. In “Electronic Music Vol. I and 2”, Miso Records mcd 013/014.04, 2004.
Kyti. In “Nova Música de Câmara Portuguesa”. CD Num 1121 2004.
In Tempore. In “Música Maximalista”. CD Panaroma. 2004.
Alap-jor-jhala-gat. In “Nova Música de Câmara Portuguesa”. CD Num 1121 2004.
In Tempore. In “Música Maximalista”. CD Panaroma 199.017.216. 2004
Lâminas Líquidas (excerto). In Exploratory Music from Portugal. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. 2005 Looking Into the Mirror. In Spectrum 4. Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. 2005
Et Ignis Involvens. Confluencias CD. Junta de Andaluzia. 2005
Beyond. In Trio Mediterrain. Música Contemporânea Portuguesa. Classic Concert Records. 2006
Time Spell. In “Música Maximalista”. CD Panaroma. 2006
Et Ignis Involvens. In “Métamorphoses 2006”. CD Musiques-recherches. 2006
Looking into the Mirror. In Spectrum 4. ABRSM editions. 2006
Space Marimba. In Improbable Transgressions. Pedro Carneiro. SIRR Records. 2006
Espiral de Luz. In Contemporanea 2006 Interensemble. CD Udine Cultura. 2007
Beyond. In Cultures Electroniques no 20. CD Mnemosyne. 2007
Maelstrom. In Musica Contemporânea Portuguesa. CD Num 1156. 2008
ZZaping. In Crossover Project. CD Num 1189. 2008
Beyond. In Cultures Electroniques no 20. CD Mnemosyne. 2008
Timshel. In Sound’Arte Electric Ensemble. Miso Records. 2008
Integrais II. In Nuno Pinto clarinete solo. 2009
Entre o Ar e a Perfeição. Phonedition Records. 2010
Quasars Ensemble (Slovakia). Pyramids for 2 pianos. 2011
Miso Music CDs. Time Spell, In Tempore. 2011
Fados CD. Games for James. 2014
CD BassXXI. Adagio. 2014
La Ma de Guido CD. GMCL. O Abismo e o Silêncio. 2014
Machina Lyrica CD. Burning Silver. 2014
Music for Viola and Electronics. Rust. 2014
Sonoridades. Music for piano by Belo Horizonte composers. Selo de Minas. 2016. In Tempore; Mosaic.

 

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