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Violinist Recording Artist Composer & Author

DSC00063Welcome to the official website of critically acclaimed violinist, recording artist, composer, author, life coach, explorer and environmentalist. Peter Ferreira is described in Comunidades USA Magazine as one of the most celebrated Portuguese-born violinist of the modern era… Since a very young age, Peter spent his formative years training as a classical musician, surrounded by many of the violin masters of the ages… From J.S. Bach to Piazzolla, Peter’s astounding energy and infectious passion along with his seasoned golden tone performances have an abundant hot Mediterranean influence, sure to captivate the audience!

Although classically trained, Peter is equally comfortable performing classical music as he is playing rock, jazz, tango, world music or his own Portuguese folk idiom and is a rare musician who defies definition. A kind of universal musician so rarely encountered in our time .

Peter’s crossover performances include music from the classical masterpieces to pop, rock, jazz, world music and Latin repertoire to name a few and as opted to “fuse” the new and the old together. He is highly regarded as a virtuoso soloist on a symphonic stage, but equally as comfortable in front of an audience with a rock band behind him.

Biography

P1Critically acclaimed violinist, recording artist, composer, author, life coach, explorer and environmentalist, Peter Ferreira (born: Pedro Ferreira), has been a very active violinist since the age of 6, inspired by his grandfather, also a violinist. At the age of 9 he entered the Music Conservatory in Coimbra, Portugal, where he studied with violin pedagogue Dario Peixoto. Since a very young age, Peter spent his formative years training as a classical musician, surrounded by many of the violin masters of the ages… In 1988, Danbury High School awards Peter with a Senior Orchestra Award. Mr. Ferreira has received various awards during his years in high school and while pursuing a performance degree in college. Peter Ferreira studied with such great violinists as Mara Milkis, Erick Friedman, James Graseck and Isaac Stern. He has also participated in master classes with Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman. Although classically trained, Peter is equally comfortable performing classical music as he is playing rock, jazz, tango, world music or his own Portuguese folk idiom and is a rare musician who defies definition. A kind of universal musician so rarely encountered in our time. Peter was described by the late violinist Erick Friedman to have an “astounding energy and infectious passion…” and NYT described Peter as “…a seasoned violinist with an European influence, sure to captivate the audience.” Mr. Ferreira is also described in Comunidades-USA Magazine as “one of the most celebrated Portuguese-born violinist of the modern era…” and Mundo Portugues Magazine described Mr. Ferreira as “One of the very rare Portuguese violinists in the United States… An emigrant of the violin” Peter’s crossover performances include music from the classical masterpieces to pop, rock, jazz, world music and Latin repertoire to name a few and as opted to “fuse” the new and the old together. He is highly regarded as a virtuoso soloist on a symphonic stage, but equally as comfortable in front of an audience with his ensemble behind him. As a soloist, Mr. Ferreira has been repeatedly praised for the beauty of is tone, the depth and flair of his musicianship, and his rare balance of virtuosity and sensitivity. He has performed as soloist with orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. He founded the Dresden String Quartet in 1998, and performed as its first violinist through 2002. In April 2006, Peter Ferreira and long time friend Paulo Soares arranged and recorded various pieces of traditional Portuguese Coimbra Fado Music in his hometown Coimbra. Marking a new era in this genre of music with a combination of instruments (violin/Portuguese guitar) never done before. In 2008, Peter Ferreira traveled to his hometown, Coimbra, per invitation of the University and Town of Coimbra, where he performed a live concert at the famous Jardim da Sereia with guitarist Paulo Soares (Port. guitar). Later that year, composer Don Nardo, composed a double concerto for violin, guitar and orchestra, introducing the Portuguese Guitar into a pure classical setting for the first time and dedicated it to Mr. Ferreira.

Mr. Ferreira is also an avid explorer and environmentalist and is the founder of The International Oceanus Society.

Events

Dear friends,

In the past few months I have received numerous e-mails and concerns from many of you, who expressed a concern and are wondering why I have canceled all my concerts. Last August, 2014, I was in a car accident where I was side impacted by another car. Since then, I have not yet recovered from the injuries sustained to my right shoulder and neck and as such I cannot, at this time, play for long periods of time. I am still available for lessons and teaching regularly. I am deeply touched and thankful for your concerns during this difficult time in my career and hope I can soon join you on stage!

Warm regards

Peter Ferreira

Thank you for your support!

Booking / Contact

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Direct Contact


Phone: +203 721 2277

Email: pferreira@peterferreira.com

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