Pedro Macedo Camacho was born 4th September 1979 in Portugal. His father was a deep enthusiast of cinema, 80’s pop and classical music so he grew up surrounded by great music and watching Hollywood movies. His first musical compositions were done at the age of 10 in a computer, Commodore Amiga, due to its extremely advanced audio engine at the time. Composing music and going to the cinema every week are two things he started at that age and was never able to stop all his life.
At the age of 15, Pedro finally decided to seek proper classical composition training with the Argentinean maestro and composer Roberto Pérez and piano lessons with the Croatian virtuoso pianist Robert Andres, doctorate in musical arts and a master’s degree in musicology.
After three years in his home city music school, Pedro moved to Lisbon where he continued his studies in the National Conservatory for another four years with the famous composer Eurico Carrapatoso, considered one of the best living composition teachers in the world. Pedro graduated in 2001 with first-class honours, becoming one of the very few students ever to achieve A+ score every year.
As a pianist, Pedro continued his studies with veteran Portuguese pianist, Melina Rebelo.
Pedro also pursued Jazz Theory, Composition and Piano classes since the age of 16, starting with the pianist Jorge Borges. Until 2006 he got the chance to learn and play with many other jazz talents such as Pedro Moreira, Akiko Pavolka, Jesse Chandler and many others.
Until he decided to take his first professional project, in 2006, Pedro kept composing non-stop and learning composition with his master and now friend, Eurico Carrapatoso.
Pedro decided his first professional gig should be in a videogame, as a homage to his Commodore Amiga days. In 2006, Pedro had his first opportunity working with ex-Lucas Arts Lead Artist Bill Tiller (Indiana Jones, Monkey Island) on the dark, whimsical humorous project A Vampyre Story. After a huge success with this orchestral soundtrack, Pedro’s career began in the best possible way.
In 2008 Pedro won the IGF Excellence in Audio Award for his soundtrack on Audiosurf and in 2010 another audio award, from Dutch Game Awards, for his whimsical orchestral score on the XBOX360 and PS3 game, Fairytale Fights.
In 2010, by complete fluke, he heard his music being used without permission (at the time) on Brazil’s most popular TV Station, Globo. This situation was reported to his composition teacher who shared the incident to his friends.
Against all odds, one of his friends was deciding with local authorities who should be the Portuguese composer to win the commission for the first Requiem in history in the memory of Inês de Castro. Pedro was lucky enough to receive the invite in 2011 for this lifetime honorable commission.
In 2012 the Requiem Inês de Castro, for choir, orchestra, soprano and baritone, was premiered in one of the most prestigious venues in Portugal with 2000 people in the audience, receiving critical acclaim from the classical world for its fresh but also classy composition approach.
In 2014 this piece has already been the subject of analysis by several university classes and was performed 9 times, one of them sponsored by Samsung and another one in Centro Cultural de Belém, Portugal’s most respected concert hall, in Lisbon.
Due to this work Pedro was invited to work on some short film works and to score high profile brand advert campaigns.
After working in Civilization 5 and composing and orchestrating the very popular Witcher 3’s main theme, in 2013 Pedro was selected by Hollywood film producer Chris Roberts to become the composer of Star Citizen, the world record $50 million USD crowd funded project. Pedro’s music in the project has been very popular in the community and is considered one of the best assets in the game.
In 2014 Pedro is working on Star Citizen, an unannounced TV series, “Reprisal” feature film and several several concert music commissions.