Saturday, 18 May 1996


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

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


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 Lúcia Moniz, daughter of Carlos Alberto Moniz; this effort came sixth and was arranged and conducted by Osório himself.


1968 London
Country – Portugal
Song title – "Verão"
Rendition – Carlos Mendes 
Lyrics – José Alberto Diogo
Composition – Pedro Osório
Studio arrangement – Thilo Krasmann
(recorded with Thilo's Combo led by Thilo Krasmann)
Live orchestration – Thilo Krasmann 
Conductor – Joaquim Luís Gomes
Score – 11th place (5 votes)

1973 Luxembourg
Country – Portugal
Song title – “Tourada”
Rendition – Fernando Tordo
Lyrics – José Carlos Ary dos Santos
Composition – Fernando Tordo
Studio arrangement – Pedro Osório
Live orchestration – Pedro Osório
Conductor – Jorge Costa Pinto
Score – 10th place (80 votes)

1975 Stockholm
Country – Portugal
Song title – “Madrugada”
Rendition – Duarte Mendes
Lyrics – José Luis Tinoco
Composition – José Luis Tinoco
Studio arrangement – Pedro Osório
Live orchestration – Pedro Osório
Conductor – Pedro Osório
Score – 16th place (16 votes)

1984 Luxembourg
Country – Portugal
Song title – “Silêncio e tanta gente”
Rendition – Maria Guinot
Lyrics – Maria Guinot
Composition – Maria Guinot
Studio arrangement – Pedro Osório
Live orchestration – Pedro Osório
Conductor – Pedro Osório
Score – 11th place (38 votes)

1996 Oslo
Country – Portugal
Song title – “O meu coração não tem cor”
Rendition – Lúcia Moniz
Lyrics – José Fanha
Composition – Pedro Osório
Studio arrangement – Pedro Osório
Live orchestration – Pedro Osório
Conductor – Pedro Osório
Score – 6th place (92 votes)

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