The Kennedy Center
Abel Pereira

Abel Pereira
Principal, The National Trustees` Chair

Abel Pereira was appointed Principal Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. He was born in Porto in the late 70s, earned his degree at ESMAE with Bohdan Sebestik and continued his studies in Germany with Marie-Luise Neunecker.         

Since his first solo performance at the age of 11, he has developed an intense concert and master class schedule in many international music festivals around the world through Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.        

He was awarded at the Leeuwarden International Horn Competition (Netherlands), Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen (Germany), Concertino Praga (Czech Republic) and PJM-RDP (Portugal), and the European Master-Prize.

His discography includes the complete Mozart Horn Concerti, the urtext Mozart 4th Concerto, Romantic Repertoire for Horn and Piano, Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 and the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.          

During his career he has performed more than 60 solo concerts with many world class orchestras. He was Principal Horn with Porto Symphony Orchestra, and Casa da Música as well as teacher at ANSO (Lisbon University) and EMAE (Porto University)

He acted as guest principal horn with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Berliner Philharmoniker.        

Abel loves boating and cooking. He and plays an Alexander 103 horn with a V. Bach 3 mouthpiece.

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210