Ricardo Alves Pereira
Ricardo Alves Pereira is a guitarist who leads his audience to imagine stories through his musical narratives. During his solo performances and ensemble concerts, the repertoires are presented with a unique parallel content in spoken word form, guiding the listener to experience a new interpretation of the story that his music represents.
He has received several prizes in international classical guitar competitions and has been invited to give solo concerts, with ensembles, and in front of orchestras on various festivals in Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Turkey. He travelled through Europe to receive his education from most of the most renowned classical guitar players. His main teachers were Ilda Coelho, Margarita Escarpa, Jose Luis Fernandez, Duo Melis and Zoran Dukic.
Although he is a classical guitarist by heart, he performs in a variety of genres and the instruments he uses during his performances expand from Turkish oud to Irish bouzouki.
Aside from being a performer, he also is behind the scenes in most music he produces.
Ricardo is a co-founder of the TWB Ensemble and the founder of the Leyriath Assemblage. He makes innovative arrangements of Early music for the ensemble, as well as creating musical narratives that blend historical facts with a touch of fantasy. His latest reserach contains gathering local myths, legends and historical facts to complete the Leyriath manuscrpits which he combines with Cantigas de Santa Maria during the presentations.
Ricardo performs on an instrument made by the Spanish guitar luthier, Ana Espinosa.