Pedro Neves was born in the Portuguese city of Águeda, and began his musical training there. He studied the cello in Aveiro (with Isabel Boiça), Lisbon (with Paulo Gaio Lima) and Barcelona (with Marçal Cervera). A prizewinner at the Juventude Musical Portuguesa competition and the Prémio Jovens Músicos, he then became a member of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. He studied conducting at Lisbon’s Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra with Jean-Marc Burfin, going on to further training with Emilio Pomàrico, Alexander Polishchuk, Lawrence Foster and Michael Zilm. Pedro Neves is regularly invited to conduct Portugal’s leading symphony orchestras and has been principal conductor of the Orquestra Esproarte and Orquestra do Algarve. He currently teaches at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra and is principal conductor of the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho and guest conductor of the Orquestra Gulbenkian. He is also the founder of the Camerata Alma Mater string ensemble.