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With a career spanning over twenty years between composition and conducting, Nuno Côrte-Real (b. 1971), is a “composer with creative freedom, challenging all current stylistic labels (...) in full production and in full consecration, always with an ability to involve us emotionally, very healthy and very pure, in its own way” (Rui Vieira Nery).
In 2018 and 2019, Nuno won, consecutively, the prize for Best Work of Classical Music by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores with the song cycle “Agora Muda Tudo” and the opera “Canção do Bandido”, respectively.
Nuno Côrte-Real has conducted the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, Ciudad Granada Orchestra, Royal Filharmonía de Galicia, Extremadura Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, among others, in addition to numerous projects with Ensemble Darcos.
He is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Darcos, a chamber music group dedicated to the interpretation of his music and the great European repertoire, and the artistic director of Temporada Darcos. He was awarded a scholarship by the Centro Nacional de Cultura, and, in 2003, he was awarded the Silver Medal of Merit by the city of Torres Vedras.
Nuno Côrte-Real is a leading figure in the universe of Portuguese contemporary music. A characteristic aspect of his production resides in his taste for stylistic symbiosis, the use of elements from other musical traditions, such as popular music, jazz or even pop music. One can say that the composer seeks to remove contemporary music from its closed niche and revitalize it by approaching other sound universes. His discographic catalog includes several works of a hybrid or symbiotic character that are nourished by other traditions. “Cante” (Odradek, 2019), based on popular Portuguese songs, the song cycle “Now everything changes” (“Agora Muda Tudo”) (Odradek, 2019), written for the famous jazz singer Maria João, "Time Stands Still” (Artway Records, 2020), an interesting recreation of John Dowland’s songs, and Tremor (Ars Produktion, 2021), which can be inscribed in the same creative line.