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Luís Tinoco [Lisbon, 1969] graduated at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. Later, in the UK, he completed a composition MMus at the Royal Academy of Music, in London, and a PhD Music research at the University of York. In March 2016 he was awarded an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music).
Since 2000 he has worked as a freelance author and producer of new music radio programs for the Antena 2 / RTP. For this same radio, Tinoco is the artistic director of the Young Musicians Prize and Festival.
He also lectures at the Escola Superior de Musica in Lisbon.
Tinoco's catalogue includes vocal and stage works such as “Search Songs” (2007) – for soprano and orchestra, setting texts by Alexander Search; “From the Depth of Distance” (2008) – for soprano and orchestra, setting texts by Walt Whitman and Álvaro de Campos; “Evil Machines” (2008), a music theatre project with libretto and stage direction by the Monty Python Terry Jones; “Paint Me” (2010), a chamber opera with libretto by Stephen Plaice and stage direction by Rui Horta; “Wanderings of a Solitary Dreamer” (2011), a cantata with text by Almeida Faria; and “Lídia” (2014) a ballet with choreography by Paulo Ribeiro.
Orchestral works include “Cercle Intérieur” (2012), premièred by the Radio France Philharmonic at the Cité de La Musique; “Horn Concerto” (2013), dedicated to Abel Pereira and premièred at the 45th International Horn Symposium (Memphis, EUA); “Frisland” (2014) – premièred by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at the Benaroya Hall; “Incipit” (2015) premièred by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in June 2015 (Rio de Janeiro); “The Blue Voice of the Water“, a work co-commissioned by the Orquestra Gulbenkian and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (2015), "Cello Concerto", premièred by Filipe Quaresma and the Portuguese Symphony; and "Entre Silêncios - Clarinet Concerto", premièred by Horácio Ferreira and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
From 2016-2018 Luís Tinoco was the Composer-in-Residence at the São Carlos Theatre - Portuguese National Opera House. In 2017 was Resident Composer at Casa da Música (Porto).
Tinoco’s music is available on commercial CDs recorded with the Orquestra Gulbenkian (Naxos 8.572981, 2013) and the Ensemble Lontano (Lorelt 121, 2005). In 2018 the record label Odradek released a new CD with world premiere recordings of orchestral music by Tinoco, with interpretations by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Casa da Música Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and cellist Filipe Quaresma as soloist. More recently, also on Odradek, Tinoco has recently released "Archipelago" - a new album fully devoted to his percussion works, performed by the Drumming GP.
Since 2016 Tinoco is Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) and in 2019 was awarded the DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble 2019 Prize for Composers. The prize included the commission of a piece for the ensemble and Luis has chosen to write a work for clarinet, violin and piano entitled ‘Aleppo’
His music is published in the UK by the University of York Music Press.