Hugo Pilger’s curriculum

Doctor of Music by the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Hugo Pilger (Porto Alegre-RS, 1969) began his cello studies at Fundarte (Fundação de Artes de Montenegro-RS) with Milton Bock. In 1987 he went to study in Rio de Janeiro with Marcio Malard and in 1994, in the class of Professor Alceu Reis, completed the course of Bachelor of Cello Instrument at UNIRIO, institution in which he completed his Master of Music in 2012. As a soloist, he led of several orchestras, among them: the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Campinas, the Curitiba City Chamber Orchestra, the Bahia Symphony Orchestra, Petrobras’ Symphony Orchestra, Ouro Preto’s Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theatre Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Alegre. He toured in several countries in Europe, South and North America. In 2006 he premiered in Brazil the important piece for cello and orchestra Tout un Monde Lointain, by the French composer Henri Dutilleux and in 2009 the South American he premiered the concerto for cello and orchestra Pro et Contra, of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Among the works that were especially dedicated to him are: Sonata nº 2 para Violoncelo Solo of David Ashbridge, Orégano of Ricardo Tacuchian, Meloritmias nº 10 of Ernani Aguiar, Serenata pro Pilger of Maurício Carrilho, Reflexões sobre a Ostra e o Vento of Wagner Tiso and Sortilégios of Marcos Lucas. He is the first cello of the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, member of the Radamés Gnattali Quartet and cello professor at UNIRIO. With pianist Lúcia Barrenechea he released the double CD, DVD and BluRay entitled Presença de Villa-Lobos na Música Brasileira para Violoncelo e Piano, a recording containing the first record of the cello that belonged to composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, a 1779 Martin Diehl, a project that was among the three finalists of the 2015 Brazilian Music Award. He is the author of the book Heitor Villa-Lobos, o violoncelo e seu idiomatismo. Recently (2016) recorded the solo CD titled Hugo Pilger plays Ernani Aguiar with works for cello composer.

“I listened to his interpretation carefully, and discovered it is full of qualities...”
Henri Dutilleux.