The Manhattan Camerata is an innovative world music chamber orchestra that seamlessly weaves original compositions, world music, and European period music together, to produce a cohesive, contemporary aesthetic. Performances integrate the Western classical chamber orchestra with several instruments from around the world (Portuguese guitar, sitar, koto, darbuka, bandoneón, among others), in a wide variety of musical styles (including tango, fado, Indian music, and flamenco). Various art forms are incorporated in the presentation and articulation of the Manhattan Camerata's works, arriving at a culturally rich, unexpected experience.

Lucía Caruso and Pedro H. da Silva founded the orchestra in 2009. The eclectic and inclusive nature of the Camerata can be appreciated in the diverse backgrounds of the musicians who created it: artistic director Lucía Caruso – composer and pianist from Argentina, and music director Pedro H. da Silva – composer and guitarist from Portugal. Pedro is a member of the composition faculty at the New York University, and a multi-instrumentalist (Classical and Portuguese guitars, sitar, bouzouki, mandolin, among others), imparting the Manhattan Camerata with an international and multi-cultural artistic approach.

The orchestra has performed at many major venues in the New York City area, including: Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, the Blackbox and Frederick Loewe Theatres at New York University, Blessed Sacrament Church, the Argentine Consulate, the Portuguese Consulate in Newark, and on the famous Portuguese tall ship “Sagres”.

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Contact information:

Manhattan Camerata

Lucía Caruso,

Artistic Director

Pedro da Silva,

Music Director



April 29th - May 4th, 2014, Joyce Theatre, Manhattan, NY.

Get tickets here: Joyce Theater

The Manhattan Camerata was commissioned by the Jose Limon Dance Company for several live performances for a contemporary ballet.

Compositions by Lucia Caruso and Pedro H. da Silva.

Spring 2014, CD Launch & Events.

The Tango Fado Project with living legend Daniel Binelli, arguably the greatest bandoneón player alive; Polly Ferman, virtuoso pianist from Uruguay; Nathalie Pires, one of the greatest fado singers of her generation; Pedro da Silva on Portuguese guitar; and Lucia Caruso on piano.

Greatest thanks to our sponsors:

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New York, NY 10027


Photos by Elias Wessel

Amanda Lo

Lauren Weaver