The UC Santa Barbara Department of Music has appointed Dr. João Pedro Oliveira as Corwin Chair of Composition beginning January 2020. A native of Portugal, Oliveira brings a varied and dynamic background in composition, music theory, organ performance, and architecture, with a 30-year teaching career that includes positions at Aveiro University and the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In his new role at UC Santa Barbara, Oliveira will serve as the Head of the Composition Program and will teach courses in composition, electroacoustic music, visual music, and contemporary techniques.
"The Department of Music is very excited to welcome Dr. João Pedro Oliveira as the new Corwin Chair of Composition,” said Professor Robert Koenig, Chair of the Department of Music. “Dr. Oliveira's innovative and renowned compositions have been performed throughout the world and he brings an unparalleled background and experience that will be a true inspiration for our aspiring young composition students. I am certain that Dr. Oliveira will be a most valued, respected, and integral part of the UCSB Music Department and we are fortunate to have him join us."
“I am delighted to be joining the faculty at UC Santa Barbara,” said Oliveira. “Colleagues I admire, a Music Department filled with creative energy, a topnotch university.”
Oliveira’s music explores multiple facets of the interaction between acoustic instruments and electronic sounds as well as relationships between sound and images. He has written 118 compositions, of which 56 were composed on commission. His collected works include compositions for opera, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and various orchestrations/arrangements, as well as tape/electroacoustic works, multimedia works with video, and music for public spaces. His discography includes 11 solo/monographic CDs, as well as 54 additional pieces recorded on CD.
Oliveira’s works are frequently performed nationally and internationally. In 2019 alone, there were over 100 performances of his pieces in more than 20 countries. In competitions, Oliveira has been highly successful, garnering 54 prizes or Honorable Mentions. Of his many awards, 25 were first prizes, including the Bourges Magisterium Prize, Giga-Hertz Award, Musica Nova Prize, and Metamorphosis Competition. Oliveira recently received First Prize in the Musica Nova Competition (Czech Republic) in the mixed music category for his piece Dark Energy, and was also named a finalist in the acousmatic music category for his piece N'vi'ah.
In addition to his artistic work and accomplishments as a composer, Oliveira has also been active for many years as an author and co-author, having published a large-scale analysis book (1999) and 21 articles and chapters on a variety of topics. His stature in the field is reflected in 10 articles that have been written about him and his music.
Throughout his career, Oliveira has lived and taught in a variety of locations across the globe, including Portugal (over 20 years), the United States (5 years), Eastern Europe (3 years), and South America (9 years). His teaching positions have included Assistant Professor at Aveiro University in Portugal (1990-1998), Associate Professor at Aveiro University (1998-2002), Full Professor at Aveiro University (2002-2019), and Full Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (2011-2019). He has held several visiting appointments in Lisbon, Bratislava, Barcelona, New Zealand, and the United States.
Oliveira holds multiple degrees in various areas, including architecture (BS, Lisbon School of Fine Arts, 1981), organ performance (Superior Degree, Gregorian Institute, Lisbon, 1985), music theory (MA, SUNY/Stony Brook, 1988), and composition (MA, 1987 and PhD, 1990, SUNY/Stony Brook). From 1985 to 1990, he was a Fulbright Scholar in the US, and simultaneously held a fellowship from the Gulbenkian Foundations, a Portuguese foundation that supports the arts, sciences, and education.
January 9, 2020 - 10:26am