Luís Tinoco (b. 1969, Lisbon) read his First Degree in Composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He was then awarded 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 gained his PhD in Music Research at the University of York.
He has been writing and presenting new music programmes for radio since 2000, including 'A Century's Score' for Antena 2/RTP (Portuguese Radio and TV), from 2000 to 2003, and 'The Geography of Sound', since 2004. He also oversees the artistic direction, for the RTP, of the Young Musicians Prize and Festival, which is promoted by Antena 2.
Since 1999, he has lectured in Composition at the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa, where he also held the post of Vice Principal from 2011 to 2015. In 2016 Luís Tinoco was appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).
Other appointments include Associate Composer at the Casa da Música for the 2017 season, Composer in Residence at the S.Carlos Theatre/National Opera House since the 2016/2017 season, and he is currently Guest Composer with the Portuguese Symphonic Band.
Tinoco's music has been performed and recorded on CD by the Arditti Quartet (Etïcetera); Gaillard Ensemble (Meridian and Deux-Elles); Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (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 released in November 2005 at the Purcell Room / South Bank Centre, in London. In 2012, he released another CD on Naxos, with orchestral works recorded by the Orquestra Gulbenkian conducted by David Alan Miller. A new orchestral CD was launched in 2018 (Odradek) with four works recorded by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and the Casa da Música Porto Symphony, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, Pedro Neves, Ludovic Morlot and Martin André respectively.
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, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Turin Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony (OSESP) and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, among others. 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 a Cello Concerto, dedicated to Filipe Quaresma and Cassini, for orchestra - both commissioned by the OPART, São Carlos Theatre, Lisbon, as part of its Composer in Residence scheme.
Other projects in progress include the première of a Clarinet Concerto and a new work for the DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble, during the 2019 season.
2019 will also see the release of a new CD on Odradek, with Tinoco’s percussion works performed by the Drumming Percussion Group, marking both the ensemble’s 20th and the composer’s 50th anniversaries.
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