"Mr. Ferreira, among so many talented great violinists of our time, has a rare quality, which I do admire. The fact that he does not take for granted the "built in" tone quality of the instrument and he is also able to project a beautiful, golden tone; this quality should be noticed in our epoch, in which speed, volume and technical abilities prime above interpreting music..."
The Village Voice, NYC
"Peter's playing was a reminder that being a great violinist involves more than nailing all the right notes. It involves having musical courage. And if you have personal courage to back it up, as Peter does, so much the better."
Amy Ullman - Music Education Professor. SCSU
"One of the very rare Portuguese violinists in the United States...
An emigrant of the violin"
"..a seasoned violinist with an European influence, sure to captivate the audience."
Critically acclaimed violinist, recording artist, composer, author, vlogger, 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.
Finally, Mr. Ferreira is an active freelance musician and composer. In 2003, one of his personal compositions was featured in a video documentary about the underwater exploration of the German U853 submarine which sank off the Rhode Island coast during WWII. As an independent artist, Mr. Ferreira teaches privately, lectures, and conducts master classes at different schools around the world.
Mr. Ferreira has recorded various CDs some of them available under his own independent record label, Sonus Records. Mr. Ferreira is also a published author. His books are available online, Amazon and at major book retailers.
Some of Mr. Ferreira's recordings include:
• Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) - Antonio Vivaldi
• Sonata No.5, Opus 24 "Spring Sonatas" - L. Van Beethoven
• A collection of Traditional Pieces and works by Portuguese composers
• Mozart Violin Sonatas
• Various Encore pieces including works by Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Bach, DeFalla, P. Sarasate, Granados, Astor Piazzolla and much more.
• Selected works from the J. S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas
• Wild Flower - Crossover CD with selected works from the classical to the pop & rock repertoire
Mr. Ferreira performs on an early 1800’s Jon. Bapt. Schweitzer violin .
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