Luís Tinoco (b. 1969, Lisbon) made his First Degree in composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He was then awarded with scholarships by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Centro Nacional de Cultura to complete a Masters degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, in London. More recently, he completed his PhD Music research at the University of York.
He wrote and presented A Century's Score - a 20th / 21st century music program for the Antena 2 / RTP-Portuguese Radio and Television Broadcast - from 2000 to 2003, and he is the author of The Geography of Sound, for the same radio, since 2004. Also for the RTP he is charge for the artistic direcion of the Young Musicians Prize, promoted by the Antena 2.
Since 1999, Tinoco has lectured Composition at the Escola Superior de Măsica de Lisboa, where he also holds the post of Vice Principal since 2011.
His work has been performed and recorded on CD by the Arditti Quartet (Etï¿½cetera); Gaillard Ensemble (Meridian and Deux-Elles); Le Nouvel Ensemble Morderne (ATMA Classique); John Wallace / Royal Scottish Academy Brass, (Deux-Elles); Apollo Saxophone Quartet, (Quartz); QuadQuartet (Quad); Vintage Quartet (Vintage) and by Pedro Carneiro (Deux-Elles and Etcetera). A CD devoted to his chamber works performed by the Ensemble Lontano, conducted by Odaline de La Martinez (Lorelt Records), was launched in November 2005 at the Purcell Room / South Bank Centre, in London.
Tinoco's chamber and / or orchestral music has been commissioned and / or programmed by orchestras such as the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Algarve Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Turin Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
His stage works include Evil Machines, a music theatre project with libretto and stage direction by the former Monty Python Terry Jones; and Paint Me, a chamber opera with libretto by Stephen Plaice and stage direction by Rui Horta.
Recent projects include the composition of new orchestral works commissioned by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, by the 2012 European Cultural Capital Guimarães, and by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.