Born and raised in the state of Amazonas, in northern of Brazil, HILO CARRIEL is a pianist and conductor with a strong connection to the vocal and choral repertoire.
Selected as one of the five finalists of 2019 CSO Sir Georg Solti Competition, Hilo was the recipient of the prestigious Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellowship in 2018/19. Mentored by Marin Alsop, he assisted conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Markus Stenz, Mario Venzago, Peter Oundjian, Rune Bergmann, and Kwamé Ryan, among others. He has worked with instrumentalists such as Joshua Bell, Freddy Kempf, Baiba Skride, Paul Huang, Conrad Tao, Narek Hakhnazaryan, and composers Kevin Puts and Roxanna Panufnik. He also conducted a very successful edition of the Side by Side project with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and students from the Baltimore School for the Arts.
In the last two years, Hilo worked as assistant conductor in programs given by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Singers, and Peabody-Hopkins Choir. At the Peabody Institute, Carriel also collaborated frequently with young composers, performing new music as a conductor and as a pianist. He also conducted world premieres of two operas and many symphonic and chamber works.
As guest conductor, Carriel led the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) in the world premiere of Suíte Caymmi - História de Pescadores by Dori Caymmi. The concert was recorded live, released on the OSESP’s own label, and featured on the WFMT (Chicago) radio program “Fiesta!” He has also conducted the Amazonas Chamber Orchestra, Experimental Philharmonic Orchestra of Amazonas, and the Amazonas Choir. In addition, he was the first conductor of the Vocal Group of the Amazonas Choir as well as principal conductor of the Youth Choir of the Cláudio Santoro Lyceum of Arts and Crafts.
At master classes and festivals, Carriel has worked with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, the Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra, the Repertory Experimental Orchestra, the São José dos Campos Symphony Orchestra, and the Campos do Jordão Festival Orchestra, receiving guidance from Marin Alsop, Fabio Mechetti, Neil Thomson, John Neschling, and Giancarlo Guerrero. At the Peabody Conservatory, he also studied with conductors Joseph Young, Edward Polochick, David Zinman, Nicholas Hersh, Jack Everly, Cliff Colnot, Jun Märkl, Hannu Lintu, and Nicholas McGegan.
In his native country, Hilo served as pianist of the Experimental Philharmonic Orchestra of Amazonas, Amazonas Choir, and Children’s / Youth Choirs of the Cláudio Santoro Lyceum of Arts and Crafts for several seasons. He collaborated as pianist during four seasons of the Amazonas Opera Festival, at three productions of the Vesperais Líricas Project (pocket operas), and he appears with Giovanny Conte as part of the Duo Conte & Carriel, dedicated to performing Brazilian music for violin and piano.
The youngest member to be elected to the Amazonian Academy of Music most recently, Hilo Carriel holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in music from the School of Arts and Tourism, State University of Amazonas, Brazil.