Born in São Paulo, Brazil, composer Diogo Carvalho writes engaging concert music that communicates to contemporary audiences. Carvalho’s style was inspired by his electroacoustic music experience, Brazilian music background, and jazz. Carvalho has worked with the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, Irvine Arditti, Boston String Quartet, Laurent Estoppey, Fonema Consort, Philipp Gerschlauer, Orquestra Jovem Tom Jobim, Hermeto Paschoal, Ulisses Rocha, Leila Pinheiro, César Camargo Mariano, and many others.
Notable honors include a Honorable Mention at the Juried Arts Exhibition for the University of Florida College of the Arts, a Certificate of Recognition for Advocacy in the Arts from the Florida Higher Education Arts Network, and three awards from the A. Didier Graeffe Scholarship. His album “Impressionism – Acoustic Guitar Solo”, was praised as “highly recommended” by the Classical Guitar Magazine. Carvalho was the Composer-in-Residence at the Harn Museum of Art for the 2018-2019 year.
An active scholar, Carvalho presented his current research on Steve Reich and narratives of identity at musicology conferences in Europe and in the US. Carvalho’s experience as a music educator includes a four year appointment at the Municipal School of São Paulo and several courses taught at the University of Florida, including community outreach and upper-division classes. As a guitarist, Carvalho has presented his work in four continents and recorded three albums.
Carvalho serves the international composers community as the Director of the Composers Forum at the Vienna Summer Music Festival and the Artistic Director for the São Paulo Contemporary Composers Festival. Furthermore, with a strong knowledge of both organizational behavior and arts administration, Carvalho has been responsible for the facilitation of over $150,000 for student arts programs in the state of Florida, which brought in over 80 visiting guest artists for art, music, and dance programs.
A Ph.D. candidate (ABD) at the University of Florida, Carvalho is being mentored by Paul Richards, Silvio dos Santos, Paul Koonce, and Scott Lee. He earned his Masters and Bachelor of Music degrees at the University of São Paulo, where he studied with Edelton Gloeden, Rodolfo Coelho de Souza, and Ricardo Ballestero.