Always fascinated by singer-instrumentalists from Antiquity to modern times, Ricardo Leitão Pedro is one of the few performers today to revive the early practice of cantor al liuto, accompanying himself on different plucked string instruments (medieval-renaissance lute, theorbo, baroque guitar).
Born in Porto, he first picked up the lute at eighteen-years old, inspired by a concert of Hespérion XXI and encouraged by his classical guitar teacher Pedro Fesch.
A year later he’s accepted for a bachelor degree in early music at ESMAE (Porto), during which he was granted an Erasmus scholarship to study with lutenist Eugène Ferré during his last year of teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon.
A member of I Discordanti (selected EEEmerging ensemble 2016) and Concerto di Margherita (selected EEEmerging ensemble 2017) with whom he has performed all over Europe, he’s regularly invited to collaborate with different ensembles and baroque orchestras (Troxalida, La Boz Galana, Agamémnon, Capella Sanctae Crucis, Orquestra XXI, Concerto Ibérico, Cappella Genevensis).
He gave solo recitals in Portugal and Switzerland and earned a 2nd prize (1st non-attributed) at the JIMA competition (Oeiras, Portugal) for chamber music in duo with lutenist Guilherme Barroso.
Along the years, Ricardo has had the opportunity to learn from singers such as Margreet Honig, Gerd Türk, Ulrich Messthaler, Patrizia Bovi and Kathleen Dineen and lutenists Paul O’Dette, Eduardo Egüez, Hopkinson Smith and Rolf Lislevand.
He’s currently based in Basel, where he’s finishing a master degree at the renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in medieval and renaissance singing with Dominique Vellard and lute with Crawford Young and Marc Lewon, with a special focus on historical improvisation techniques.
For his studies in 2017/2018, Ricardo is supported by Fundação GDA in Portugal.