Pedro Osório

Born: July 17th, 1939, Porto (Portugal)
Died: January 5th, 2012, Lisbon (Portugal)
Nationality: Portuguese

Pianist, accordionist, composer, arranger, and conductor Pedro Correia Vaz Osório studied music and mechanical engineering in his native Porto. During his days as a student, he played in several pop groups. After his army service in Angola he became a professional musician, mainly working as an instrumentalist and arranger in the recording studios. In the 1970s, he wrote orchestrations for many artists, including Sérgio Godinho, Carlos Cavalheiro, and Paco Bandeira. In 1974, he composed the song ‘Portugal ressuscitado’, celebrating the Carnation Revolution. With Carlos Alberto Moniz, he sang in self-formed groups such as Outubro and SARL, which were known for its critical lyrics and humour. In 1982, Osório was awarded a critic’s prize for his music to the poem ‘Baal’ by Bertolt Brecht. He wrote music for television and theatre and regularly appeared in TV variety shows as a conductor. Osório wrote a book about his career, entitled ‘Memórias irrisórias com algumas glories – 50 anos de música’.

Pedro Osório is one of Portugal’s most important Eurovision composers, with a total of fifteen songs composed for the Portuguese preselection between 1968 and 1996, of which he performed three with his group SARL in 1979, 1980, and 1982; many more times, he was involved in the competition as an arranger and conductor. In 1968, Osório’s composition ‘Verão’, which was sung by Carlos Mendes, arranged by Thilo Krassman, and conducted by Joaquim Luís Gomes, won the Portuguese heats and represented the country in the Eurovision final in London, where it came 11th. In 1973, 1975, and 1984, he wrote the orchestration to the Portuguese entries ‘Tourada’ (by Fernando Tordo), ‘Madrugada’ (by Duarte Mendes), and ‘Silêncio e tanta gente’ (by Maria Guinot); the two latter songs were conducted by him in the international final as well. In 1996, Osório composed the most successful Portuguese entry in the contest to date, ‘O meu coração não tem cor’ (lyrics: José Fanha), a folk song performed by young, bright Lúcia Moniz; this effort came sixth and was arranged and conducted by Osório himself.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Pedro Osório will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1975: Madrugada
1984: Silêncio e tanta gente
1996: O meu coração não tem cor