Versatile and passionate, prize-winning Portuguese violinist Pedro Meireles (1981) has developed a reputation across Europe as one of today’s most exciting musicians. Currently principal concertmaster of the National Opera Theatre of Portugal and guest concertmaster of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Pedro is in demand as soloist with orchestras around the world and active chamber musician. He holds diplomas in both violin and viola from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and was appointed Associate of the RAM in 2016 for his outstanding career achievements. He started to study violin with his mother Maria Filomena Pires at the age of 5 and at the age of 9 he won his first contest: “Juventude Musical Portuguesa”. It was also 1st prize in the competition “Parnaso” in 1993, 2nd prize for the best interpretation of the Portuguese piece in the International Violin Competition Júlio Cardona – class B in 1997 and 1999, 1st prize in the “Young Musicians” contest of RDP – middle level in 1998 and higher level in 2000 and 1st prize in the contest “Winfred Little – Violin Prize” in 2003. He studied violin with professors Carlos Fontes and Suzanna Lidegran at the Porto Conservatory of Music where he finished the course with the highest grade. He also studied with Gerardo Ribeiro.