Brazilian pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos has written for virtually every medium, from dance to the concert stage, film, television and theater.
Recent commissions include the ballet "The Path" for "DanceBrazil",
which received its premiere in 2001 at the Joyce Theater, NYC as well
as a new score commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum for their Fall
2001 exhibit on Brazilian Art. Currently Zarvos is composing a new dance
score commissioned by Denver based company "Cleo Parker Robinson
Dance" as well as a NYSCA commission by the Quintet of the Americas.
Highly active also as a film composer, Zarvos' work has been praised
by Hollywood Variety for his "...affecting score, which neither
drowns out nor underplays the steady sentiment". Among his recent
scores are the hit comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein" (Fox Searchlight),
Academy Award nominated short film "A Soccer Story" as well
as a collaboration with Eumir Deodato on "Bossa Nova" (Sony
As a recording artist Zarvos released three highly acclaimed albums,
DUALISM, with saxophonist Peter Epstein, LABYRINTHS, which landed on
the CD NOW top 10 list of Jazz Albums in 1998 and most recently MUSIC
Concert appearances include Merkin Hall, Knitting Factory, Americas
Society, Guggenheim Museum, NJPAC, AT&T Latino Arts Festival and
New York Texaco Jazz Festival. His work has been profiled on CNN, CBC,
NHK and NPR. International performances include conducting appearances
with the Tokyo Symphony Chamber Orchestra in Japan.
Zarvos started his classical music studies as a teenager in São
Paulo with H.J. Koelreutter, the West German composer who also taught
Antonio Carlos Jobim and many other of Brazil's greatest composers.
His undergraduate studies include Berklee College of Music and California
Institute of the Arts, where he received his BFA, and Hunter College
where received a Master's Degree in Music.