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Inspired by a broad range of musical genres that span classical, Latin, jazz and traditional folkloric music from his native Brazil, Raimundo Penaforte has appeared nationally and internationally as a composer and performer. His works have been featured at concerts in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and the United States at such venues as Concertgebow, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The White House and The Kennedy Center.

Penaforte’s talents have earned him commissions to compose for acclaimed musicians, including Eroica Trio, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, L.A. Guitar Quartet, Mark Gould, Dorothy Papadakos, and Empire City Men's Chorus with Alturas Duo. Members of the New York Philharmonic premiered his The Tortoise and the Hare for chamber orchestra, narrator, and shadow theater with a text adaptation by Dorian Rence. Valerius Ensemble has presented an all-Penaforte program at the Muziecentrum (Arkezaal) Enschede, and at the Rabotheater Hengelo in Holland before recording Raimundo Penaforte: Between Sun and Snow, a CD released by Aliud Records in Holland and distributed worldwide.

Penaforte’s works have been recorded on Telarc, EMI/Classics, Pro Organo, Angel, Roméo Records, Infiné, and DENON. Penaforte also co-produced “Carambola,” a CD by Brazilian trumpeter Fernando Dissenha that features Penaforte’s Sweet New York and Carambola. Boosey & Hawkes and Hal-Leonard Corporation have published his concert arrangements entitled Suite From West Side Story for violin and piano.

As an instrumentalist, Penaforte has collaborated with notable musicians such as Latin star Rubén Blades, folk icon Richie Havens, jazz luminary Maynard Ferguson, klesmer clarinetist Giora Feidman, Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador, and Brasil Guitar Duo, among others. He has appeared with Out of Focus, and with pianist Francesco Schlimé at the OMNI Festival, and at the Casino Luxembourg, in Luxembourg, as well as with the quintets New Gründ and Aufgang Extended at Jazz in Brunnenhof in Trier, Germany. He has toured Colombia with Afro-Cuban charanga band La Tipica Novel and has been featured at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series.

As a composer, Penaforte has participated in music festivals in Brazil, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. He was the Artistic Director of the first Brazil-New York Jazz Festival at Town Hall, which featured Paquito D'Rivera, John Patitucci, João Bosco, Arthur Maia, and Toninho Horta, among others.

Born in the city of Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil, Penaforte has studied at Hardin-Simmons University, New York University and The Juilliard School. He currently resides in New York City where, in addition to his work as a composer and performer, he teaches at the United Nations International School and the International School of Brooklyn.

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“Preludio and Gangorra” was dedicated to LAGQ and premiered at the Tucson Chamber Music Festival.




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