Gerardo Ribeiro has appeared throughout the world as featured soloist with major orchestras including the Philadelphia and Gulbenkian Orchestras, the Montreal, Dallas, Lucerne, Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona, Cali and Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestras, the Zagreb, Antwerp and Lisbon Philharmonics, the Taiwan, Beijing, Belgian and Portuguese National Orchestras, the radio orchestras of Paris (O.R.T.F.), Lisbon, Hilversum (Holland) and North Germany (Hannover), and other leading ensembles. With acclaimed recitals at New York City’s most prestigious venues – Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum – Mr. Ribeiro has also appeared at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and is well known in major European, South American and Far Eastern concert halls. Upcoming performances in 2012 include the performance of the Walton Violin Concerto with the National Orchestra of Portugal in Lisbon, and the Qinhuangdao Symphony Orchestra in China.
Also an active chamber musician, he has served as Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Institute in Munich and has collaborated with distinguished musicians at the Marlboro and Lucerne Music Festivals, as well as with members of the Vermeer Quartet and the Dorian Wind Quintet. Between 2003 and 2008 he toured as a member of The Meadowmount Trio.
Beginning violin studies at age 4, Mr. Ribeiro went on to earn soloist diplomas with honors at both the Porto and Lucerne Conservatories, later attending The Julliard School where he studied with Ivan Galamian, Paul Makanovitzky and Felix Galimir. His numerous awards in prestigious international competitions such as the Paganini and Montreal, include first prizes at the Vanna da Motta in Lisbon, and the Maria Canals in Barcelona.
Mr. Ribeiro records for the EMA and RCA labels, having released several concerto CDs; his RCA recordings include the Brahms Violin Concerto and Double Concerto, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Radio Orchestras of Hannover and Berlin, as well as the violin sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms.
Prior to joining the Northwestern University faculty as Professor of Violin, Mr. Ribeiro was Associate Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music. He has served on the faculty of the Meadowmount School of Music since 2004 and is also on the faculties of Midwest Young Artists and the Music Institute of Chicago. He is currently Co-chair of Music Performance and Coordinator of Strings at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. He is a sought-after adjudicator for both national and international competitions and gives master classes at conservatories and universities worldwide. In 2001 he was awarded the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award from the White House Commission. Mr. Ribeiro has been decorated by the President of Portugal as Commander of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator.