Pedro Carneiro co-founded the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (OCP) in 2007. In 2010, he co-founded the Portuguese Youth Orchestra (JOP), a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras. Carneiro has directed over one hundred performances with both orchestras, which he has taken on tour nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. In summer 2015, the Portuguese Youth Orchestra (JOP) toured Germany – the final performance was the orchestra’s Berlin debut, at the Konzerthaus Berlin. After a performance in 2017, JOP will return for it’s 3rd performance at the festival in 2019.
The Portuguese Chamber Orchestra has, from its inception, developed an innovative approach, which includes performing works from memory, full rotation of all members (therefore, the OCP is exempt of the usual orchestra hierarchy), playing standing up, performing in close collaboration with other art forms. In particular, the latter was celebrated in a recent project with the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB – National Ballet Company) on a new work by Rui Lopes Graça (with music by Haydn and Carneiro), where the orchestra was on stage, performing from memory and danced with the ballet dancers. This recent production was a huge success and a rewarding process for OCP. The orchestra has also performed with leading national and international soloists, worked with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina and Emmanuel Nunes and has built a reputation for their muscular sound, energetic performances and work ethics – each performance is built with generous rehearsal time.
Alongside the aspects mentioned above, OCP has developed strong community programs, including OCPsolidária (working with people with cognitive disability) on their way to create a musical ensemble; is currently running the Portuguese Youth Orchestra (a member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras); coaches and oversees the work of the Orchestra of the Lisbon University (an amateur orchestra).
As a guest conductor, Pedro has performed with Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, Texas Festival Orchestra, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra do Algarve, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, among others.