Percussionist and composer Samuel Peruzzolo-Vieira graduated with Bachelors in Music/Percussion at Federal University of Santa Maria–Brazil in 2005 and Masters in performance at Texas A&M University–Commerce, in 2010. Previously, Mr. Peruzzolo-Vieira occupied the chair of principal timpanist of PUC/RS Philharmonic Orchestra for almost four years, simultaneously working as a chamber musician of Twentieth and Twenty-first century’s music in Brazil. Samuel recently completed his PhD at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), with a research focusing on the correlations between composition and interpretation, more specifically about alternative notation and musical hermeneutics. While in college, he studied composition with Martin Lichtfuss (Vienna), Jack Fortner (USA), Dimitri Cervo (BR), Amaro Borges (BR) e Ted Hansen (USA). His compositions have been performed in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, USA, France, England, Italy, Norway and Portugal, having works recorded in five CDs in Brazil and USA. Peruzzolo-Vieira is a member of INET-md (Portugal) Institute of Music and Dance as a fellow researcher, having contributed with groups such as POST-IP, Performa, Research “Hands on” and IMPAR. Currently Samuel is a percussion professor at JOBRA.
In 2010 Samuel was one of the selected winners of Funarte’s Biennal Composition Competition, one of the most influential prizes for composers in Brazil and in 2011 he earned the first prize of the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest-USA.