Carlos Henrique Pereira is a composer, piano and acoustic guitar player from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Although he studied classical music and jazz, Carlos is primarily a self-taught composer. In 1983 he was the youngest composer ever, at the time, to have a work selected for a Biennial of Brazilian Contemporary Music in Rio de Janeiro, where his music was played alongside some of the greatest Brazilian modern composers.
In 1987 he released his first LP. The album, with eight original compositions, was later reissued in CD format by the British label Timeless Records and released in Europe and Japan.
In 1989 he moved to the United States where he studied jazz, harmony, and improvisation. He established himself as a musical producer and headed his own recording studio in New York. He participated as a musician and/or producer on more than 200 projects during his 15 years in New York with artists of diverse nationalities.
In 2003, while living in New York, Carlos released his second CD of original music titled "Água e Terra". During these years he also wrote and recorded a large catalog of music that has been heard on American and Brazilian television and radio and has been used in film and by numerous dance companies.
He performed in various shows in venues such as the Knitting Factory, Merkin Hall, Satalla, Carnegie Hall and others. In 2005 he relocated to his hometown in Brazil, Juiz de Fora.
In 2009 Carlos was awarded a grant that lead to the release of his third album in 2011. He named it after his home state since the music was inspired by the time he spent there. The album received high praises from critics and fans in Brazil, and was nominated for the 24th Brazilian Music Awards (Brazil’s equivalent to the Grammy’s).
Carlos relocated to Northern California in 2012 and has since performed at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival in June of 2013 and BrazilFest, a Brazilian Music Festival at the Cornelia Street Café, in New York City in January of 2014. He is one of the awardees of the 2016 Musical Program of the SFFCM, San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.