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 performed in Europe, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and the United States at such venues as Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The White House, and The Kennedy Center.
Penaforte has composed and arranged for acclaimed groups and musicians, including Brazilian rock band Os Paralamas do Sucesso, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, L. A. Guitar Quartet, Chee-Yun, Mark Gould, Eroica Trio, Axiom Brass, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic. Valerius Ensemble has recorded a full CD featuring his works titled “Raimundo Penaforte: Between Sun and Snow.”
Penaforte’s works have been recorded on Telarc, EMI/Classics, Pro Organo, Angel, Roméo Records, Aliud, Infiné, DENON, Con Brio Recordings, and Pomegranate Music. His concert arrangements of Bernstein’s West Side Story for violin and piano have been published by Boosey & Hawkes.
As an instrumentalist, Penaforte has performed with Rubén Blades, Giora Feidman, Dom Salvador, Francesco Tristano, Kinan Azmeh and has also been featured at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series. As a composer, Penaforte has participated in music festivals in the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Brazil, where most recently he was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Campinas (Unicamp). Born in the city of Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil, Penaforte has studied at Hardin-Simmons University, New York University, and The Juilliard School.