Luís Tinoco House composer

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. 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 direction of the Young Musicians Prize, promoted by the Antena 2.

Since 1999, Tinoco has lectured Composition at the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, where he also hold the post of Vice Principal from 2011 to 2015.

Tinoco's music has been performed and recorded on CD by the Arditti Quartet (Etïcetera); 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. More recently, he released another CD on Naxos, with four orchestral works recorded by the Orquestra Gulbenkian conducted by David Alan Miller.

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, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Turin Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Seattle symphony Orchestra, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, among other. His stage works include Evil Machines, a music theatre project with libretto and stage direction by the former Monty Python Terry Jones; Paint Me, a chamber opera with libretto by Stephen Plaice and stage direction by Rui Horta; and the ballet Lidia for the Companhia Nacional de Bailado, with choreography by Paulo Ribeiro.

Recent projects include the composition of new orchestral works commissioned by the Orquestra Gulbenkian and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

Photo credit: ©João Vasco