Resident artist 2017-2019
Lucía Caruso is an Argentinean-born composer and pianist based in New York City, whose numerous awards include the 2015 and 2016 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Plus Award.
Caruso is the Artistic Director of the Manhattan Camerata, which she co-founded with her husband, composer/guitarist Pedro Henriques da Silva. This is the first ensemble to perform Transclassical music, a term created by Lucia to define their unique style of composition; grounded in classical technique, the compositions include improvisation and elements from a variety of cultures, incorporating world instruments in a range of styles and genres.
Her musical career has taken her across four continents and over a dozen countries. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as: the Versailles Palace; the Louvre Museum; and Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Vanderbilt Hall at the Grand Central Station in New York City; Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Centro Cultural de Belém and the Monserrate Palace in Portugal; Auditorio Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico City; Bartók Radio in Budapest, Hungary; and the Kew Royal Palace in London. Caruso performed her works for piano and orchestra as a soloist with the Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris and the London Metropolitan Orchestra in the UK. She also performed as a soloist twice with the National University of Cuyo Symphony Orchestra in Argentina and the National Youth Orchestra of Costa Rica. In April 2016 she had the great honor of premiering her composition “Titania’s Lullaby” for orchestra and choir for the 400th anniversary memorial of Shakespeare’s death at his church, the Holy Trinity Church of Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. On this occasion, Lucia performed the organ with the Choir and Orchestra of the Swan, mere paces from Shakespeare’s mortal remains.
Several of Caruso’s chamber and orchestral compositions were recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios by the London Metropolitan Orchestra. She was commissioned a ballet by the José Limón Dance Company, which premiered on April 29th, 2014, followed by six more sold-out performances at the Joyce Theater in New York City. She has been commissioned to write music for art and photographic exhibits at the Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum in Paris, Magazzini del Sale in Venice (Italy), and the Grand Central Station in New York City. She was as well commissioned for the composition of a cycle of five songs for soprano and orchestra, and for a piano concerto by the Sorel Foundation in New York City.
Caruso received her bachelor’s degree in classical piano from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Masters Degree in Composition and Film-Scoring from New York University.
Pedro Da Silva
Resident artist 2017-2019
Dr. Pedro H. da Silva is an award-winning composer, guitarist, and educator who plays eighteen different instruments and whose numerous accolades include winning the 2015 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Plus Award.
A professor of composition and classical guitar at New York University, he has given master classes and lectures internationally, including a sold out course at MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) in New York City. In the last two years, da Silva was commissioned to write a ballet, a guitar concerto, and a symphonic song cycle. His compositions and performances have taken him to over a dozen countries in four continents, including some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Poisson Rouge, Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Station, and MoMA in New York; Kennedy Center in Washington DC; the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre Museum in Paris; Centro Cultural de Belém and the Monserrate Palace in Portugal; Auditorio Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico City; Bartók Radio in Budapest, Hungary; The Kew Royal Palace in London, England; and many others. Furthermore, he studied sitar in India with Neeraj Prem, who is a disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan’s gharana—the most respected musician in India of his lifetime.
Pedro da Silva recorded guitar for two films by Oscar-winning director Michel Gondry (“Be Kind Rewind” ft. Jack Black, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Sigourney Weaver, and Mos Def; and “Interior Design” from the “Tokyo” trilogy) and composed the score for seven films, including Richard Témtchine’s film “How to Seduce Difficult Women.”
Among da Silva’s twenty-five orchestral works, sixteen were written for the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, with whom he has performed as a soloist, as well as with other orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris, and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. He has been commissioned to write music for art and photographic exhibits at the Palace of Versailles, Louvre Museum in Paris, Magazzini del Sale in Venice (Italy), and the Grand Central Station in New York City. He was commissioned for a ballet by the José Limón Dance Company, which premiered in seven sold-out performances at the Joyce Theatre in April 2014. His orchestral and chamber compositions were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, where he also performed as a soloist.
Pedro da Silva is the Music Director of the Manhattan Camerata, which he co-founded with his wife, the composer and pianist Lucía Caruso. This chamber ensemble created and performs a new style of music called Transclassical, which celebrates and enhances classical music, incorporating elements from different cultures around the world in a variety of styles, genres, and exotic instruments. The Manhattan Camerata counts as its members three Grammy nominees including Daniel Binelli—arguably the greatest living bandoneón player.
Pedro da Silva holds a doctorate in composition from the Manhattan School of Music.