Rafael Marino Arcaro is a Brazilian composer based in London, UK. His music is often inspired by his own research on native Brazilian culture while remaining at its core focused on expanding the concert music tradition. Arcaro holds a Masters Degree in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music and is currently working towards a PhD at King’s College London with Sir George Benjamin.
He has studied at the Royal Academy of Music in receipt of the Lena S. B. Pritchard Green Award and the Ismena Holland Prize.
Marino Arcaro got international recognition in 2019 with his large-scale Concerto Apinayé for guitar & orchestra, commissioned in partnership by the Audentia Ensemble and the Royal Academy of Music and subquently released by GuitarCoop. Among many reviews, the piece was described by acclaimed international guitartist Fábio Zanon as an “oustanding premiere and a momentous occasion for the guitar and for Brazilian Music”; sought-after composer Stephen Goss wrote, “Sometimes, something very important comes along. Rafael Marino Arcaro’s Concerto Apianayé is groundbreaking, moving, exhilarating, intense, and strikingly original…”
Rafael has enjoyed working with institutions such as the Royal Opera House in London in two occasions and the Royal Academy of Music’s Guitar Department; he is also a composer-in-residency with the Audentia Ensemble for which he has been commissioned to write 2 new chamber works by the end of 2021. Marino Arcaro has also been commissioned by solo performers and chamber groups such as international classical music star cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and guitarist Plínio Fernandes, guitarists Vitor Noah, Giacomo Susani and Brad Johnson, accordionist Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade, the baroque ensemble Les Laurentines, the cello-flute duo Improv Indigo, flute-guitar MerakiDuo among many others. Rafael has worked through the Royal Academy with musicians and groups such as acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie, pianist Zubin Kanga, the Chroma Ensemble, Tritium Trio, CoMA London and others; as well as having his music played by the Ensemble Modern in Festival de Campos do Jordão in Brazil. His music has also been featured in exhibitions around the world such as the nationwide Brazilian exhibition FILE in 2018.
Marino Arcaro is currently working on a 20 minute piece large-scale piece commissioned by the Audentia Ensemble premiering July 2021 alongside Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Ypy Marã E’Yma tells the story of the ancient Tupi myth of heave with an extended large orchestra, chorus & organ.
Furthermore, Marino Arcaro’s book of preludes for the solo guitar has been the focus of a Master thesis by prominent young guitarist Vitor Noah with supervision of guitarist and pedagogue Paolo Pegoraro at Die Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Graz, in Austria, where his guitar music received appraisal from the examination jury with the presentation of a lecture-recital and a research paper by guitarist Vitor Noah. Rafael graduated in Philosophy of Communication in São Paulo, Brazil in 2012 and did his Music Bachelors studies on his own as a self-taught student with the aid of theorist and musicologist Marisa Ramires Rosa de Lima and internationally recognised Brazilian guitarist and producer Paulo Martelli. After a brief course of studies in a Masters in Musicology at the University of São Paulo, he went straight to the Masters Programme in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Morgan Hayes and Chris Austin.
"H. Villa-Lobos and R. Marino-Arcaro, are the only composers who, although they're in their essence and above all great composers, also demonstrate a deep respect and vast knowledge about the guitar, allowing them to create music of the highest level to ennoble this instrument."