Pedro Camacho (aka Pedro Macedo Camacho) was born 4th September 1979 in Portugal. His father was a deep enthusiast of cinema, 80’s pop, classical music and computer games so he grew up surrounded by great music and watching Hollywood movies. His first musical compositions were done at the age of 10 using computers. Composing music, going to the cinema and playing games are three things he started at that age and was never able to stop all his life.
At the age of 15, thanks to his mother, Pedro started his classical training with the Argentinean maestro and composer Roberto Pérez and piano lessons with the Croatian virtuoso pianist Robert Andres, doctorate in musical arts.
After three years in his home city music school, Pedro moved to Lisbon where he continued his classical 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 and piano with the Chopin expert, Melina Rebelo. Pedro graduated in 2001 with first-class honours, becoming one of the very few students ever to achieve A+ score every year.
Pedro continued to learn with Carrapatoso until 2006 and, after his long classical training on composition and orchestration, Pedro was taught film scoring in Berklee College of Music.
His uncle, Jorge Borges, was his jazz mentor since he was 16. Pedro continued his jazz studies (composition and piano) until 2006. During this time he got the chance to learn and play with many international jazz talents.
In 2006, Pedro had his first professional opportunity working with ex-Lucas Arts Lead Artist Bill Tiller (Indiana Jones, Monkey Island) on the whimsical 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 electronic 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, his music made it into the Brazil’s most popular TV Station, Globo, on their most popular TV series in that same year, distributed worldwide. Shortly after that, Pedro was hired by Portuguese government to write the first Requiem in history in the memory of Queen Inês de Castro, a 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 classical 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.
The awards and recognition received from his short film work and this classical work allowed Pedro to start composing music in commercials for the best brands in Portugal, collaborating with some of the best Directors around.
After working in Civilization 5 and Witcher 3, in 2013, Pedro was selected by Hollywood film producer Chris Roberts to become the composer of Star Citizen. The combination of his classical, film and commercial scoring, as well as previous game scoring with special focus on interactive scores, allowed Pedro to become the composer on Star Citizen – world record $50 million USD crowd funded project. Pedro’s music in the project has been very popular in the community and is considered as one of the best assets in the game.
In 2014 Pedro was featured in the highly prestigious Sony Oxford official high end user list side by side with John Powell, Tony Maserati and Alan Meyerson.
In 2015 Pedro is working on a major classical music commission, several commercials for international brands, Star Citizen, an unannounced Game, two shorts and one feature film.
Pedro was very recently nominated for a Golden Reel Award for his work on all Star Citizen commercials and nominated for best song by National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, by 637 international press voters, on my work for 1954 Alcatraz. Other two nominees in this category were Paul McCartney and Nirvana.