Brazilian-born conductor Diogo Pereira has embraced two passions: music education and new music. He works for Música nas Escolas, an El Sistema-inspired project that has been transforming the lives of 22,000 children from Rio de Janeiro State in Brazil.

Pereira recently received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Arizona State University, where he worked as a Teaching Assistant and studied under the guidance of Professor Gary Hill. His doctoral project consisted of revising and premiering a score by one of the greatest Brazilian composers, Marlos Nobre. Pereira also holds a Masters Degree from The Conductors Institute at New York’s Bard College, where he studied under Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein. He has also attended conducting master classes with Kurt Masur, Alceo Bocchino, Isaac Karabtchevsky and Carl St. Clair. As conductor, Pereira has appeared in important venues in the USA and South America.

Diogo Pereira is an active entrepreneur. He is co-founder of Contemporaneous, a new music ensemble based in New York, and founder of Camerata Electra in Rio de Janeiro. He also served as music director at the Brazilian National Library, developing a concert series, O Som do Livro, with performances of scores from its collection. Currently, Diogo Pereira is supporting the development of social projects inspired by El Sistema in Arizona and Brazil.


IF YOU HAVE TO ASK WHAT JAZZ IS, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW. LOUIS ARMSTRONG