Rafael Borges Amaral

Graduate Assistant


Rafael is an active composer and guitarist from São Paulo, Brazil. Founder of the paulista group Peixe Seco, a quartet consisting of Rabeca, Pífano Flute, Viola Caipira and Accordion to perform new music, Rafael received commissions from institutions like São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Wind Symphony Orchestra. Orquestra São Pedro, Orquestra Experimental de Repertoire (OER), Baccarelli Institute Percussion Group, among others.

Rafael received fellows and awards from Funarte (Brazil contemporary music bienal), SBME 2012 (Electroacoustic music brazilian society), Witener Tage für Neue Kammermusik“ and “Acht Brücken – Musik für Köln“ – New Music in NRW, and “Forum Nueva Musica” de Córdoba from Goethe Institute, and was also composer in residency for the Mise-en ensemble (NY) at the I-Park institution in 2015, and Sound Icon Composition Competition (Boston).

His work “Sozinhos entre Fatias”, in collaboration with the artist Cynthia Domenico and André Uba, has been presented in festivals like Lakino: Cinema Babylon in Berlin, Inshadow 3: Festival Internacional de Video, Performance e Tecnologias in Lisbon, Plataforma Festival and UferStudios in Berlin, Festival Internacional de Videdanza Agite y Sirva no Mexico.

He holds a Master’s degree in music composition with honors at Boston University and bachelor at Universidade de São Paulo.