São Paulo-born musician Roberto Tibiriçá developed his art under the tutorship of Guiomar Novaes, Magda Tagliaferro, Dinorah de Carvalho, Nelson Freire and Gilberto Tinetti. He studied under Eleazar de Carvalho, with whom he had the opportunity to work for 18 years after winning the OSESP Young Conductors Competition two years in a row.
He held the position of assistant conductor at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Lisbon) and in 1994 he was appointed Artistic Director and Master Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. Between 2000 and 2004 he was Artistic Director and Master Conductor of the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, and between 2005 and 2011 he was Artistic Director of the Heliópolis Symphony Orchestra of Instituto Baccarelli (São Paulo). In 2010 he took over as Master Conductor of the Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra, up to 2013. He also served as Master Conductor and Artistic Director of the Campinas Symphony Orchestra and the São Bernardo do Campo Philharmonic, both in São Paulo, and the SODRE Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo (Uruguay).
He was elected “Musician of the Year 1995 -f Rio de Janeiro” by the specialized critics, and was awarded the Estácio de Sá Prize by the Rio de Janeiro State Government for his work with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. He took part twice (2001 and 2004) in the Martha Argerich Festival, in Buenos Aires, at the artist’s invitation. For some years now he is being invited to conduct concerts with the Simón Bolivar Orchestra at the Villa-Lobos Festival in Venezuela.
In 2010 and 2011, he won the XIII and XIV Carlos Gomes Prize for Best Symphonic Conductor, for his work with the Minas Gerais and the Heliópolis symphony orchestras. In 2011 he was awarded the Order of Ipiranga (the highest honorary title granted by the State of São Paulo), the President Juscelino Kubitschek Grand Medal (from the Minas Gerais State Government), and the APCA Award (from the São Paulo Association of Art Critics) as Best Conductor (for his work with the Heliópolis Symphony Orchestra and the Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra). He occupies seat no. 5 at the Brazilian Academy of Music and since May 11, 2003 he has been an Honorary Member of the National Academy of Music, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2020, at the height of the Covid pandemic, he debuted “Cartas Portuguesas”, a one-act opera by the Brazilian composer João Guilherme Ripper, and recorded the “Choros for Clarinet, Piano, Viola and Cello” and the piece “Flor de Tremembé”, by Camargo Guarnieri, for NAXOS lable.