Pedro Sá, Principal Timpanist of the Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica

Pedro Sá
Principal Timpanist of the Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica

In 2002, Pedro Sá was appointed Principal Timpanist and Head of the Percussion Section of the Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica under the musical direction of Isaac Karabtchevsky, one of the most highly-regarded musical ensembles in Brazil, standing out among the best of its kind in all Latin America. He performed at the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival, conducted by the composer himself, and alongside renowned conductors and soloists, like Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Meneses, Cristina Ortiz, Nelson Freire, Boris Belkin, Sarah Chang, Maria João Pires, Joshua Bell and Luciano Pavarotti.

Previously, he was the Principal Timpanist of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB), which he joined at the age of 16 — a rare occurrence in any professional orchestra — from 1990 to 2002. He performed as a soloist for the OSB in Dawid Korechendler's Sinfonia nº 3 (Psalmi-Tehilim) for Solo Timpani with Wind Ensemble. He has also played concerts at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as countless tours for another countries. He has been a timpanist and orchestral percussionist since the age of 13, beginning his career at the Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade Estadual de Londrina.

Sá studied percussion with Miquel Bernat, Ney Rosauro and Luiz D'Anunciação, being featured as soloist, along with D'Anunciação, in Béla Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. He received his Master's Degree in Music Performance from Uni-Rio, presenting the research project The Standardization of Writing for Popular Brazilian Instruments With Indefinite Pitch by Luiz D'Anunciação: Concepts and Analysis of Four Pieces. He has taken supplementary courses in Harmony, Orchestration/Instrumentation and Musical Analysis with Nelson de Macedo, and some Vibraphone courses with Arthur Lipner. He took part in the 2011 PASIC at Indianapolis, along with music research symposiums in Brazil, such as Simpom and many others.

He has been a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's School of Music since 2007, teaching Percussion, Chamber Music (as Percussion Group Director), Extension and Research. He broke new ground with the creation of the Percussion Lab subject, which teaches percussion composition, contributing to the constant growth and evolution of the contemporary percussion repertoire.

In chamber music, Sá has performed with Duo Sá, Trio Varèse, Quarteto Dínamo de Percussão and Abstrai Ensemble, in many editions of the Brazilian Biennial of Contemporary Brazilian Music, as well as international percussion events held in Brazil and other countries. With Abstrai Ensemble, Sá has debuted several 20th and 21st century works intended for specific instrumental ensembles, combining traditional instruments and new technologies.



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