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João Quinteiro


João Quinteiro was born in Lisbon in 1984. He started his musical studies at the Conservatório Regional de Música de Viseu, where he dedicated himself particularly to the study of classic guitar with Paula Sobral and composition, as a student of Free Hand Composition, under the orientation of Professor José Carlos Sousa, where he sketches his first compositional exercises and studies.
Between 2004 and 2009 he takes the Graduate Degree in Music Teaching (Composition), at the Universidade de Aveiro. Here he studies composition with João Pedro Oliveira, Isabel Soveral and Evgueni Zouldikine. He also studied Electronic Music with Virgílio Melo, Isabel Soveral e João Pedro Oliveira. In the last year of his Graduate Degree he takes an internship as Teacher of Composition Analysis an Techniques at the Conservatório Regional de Música de Viseu. In this last year he also writes his first Thesis Da ideia sensível ao objecto musical – A Intenção Expressiva como veículo de entendimento do processo criativo (From the sensitive idea to the musical object – The Expressive Intention as a way of understanding the creative process), under the orientation of Professor Helena Santana. After finishing his Graduate Degree, he takes a Masters Degree in Philosophy, specializing in Aesthetics, from 2010 to 2013, at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he wrote the Thesis Manifestações do sujeito-multiplicidade e do significado de Inconsciente em Fernando Pessoa na ópera ‘O Sonho’, de Pedro Amaral (Manifestations of the multiple-self and the meaning of Inconscious in Fernando Pessoa in the opera ‘The Dream’, by Pedro Amaral), under the joint orientation of Professor João Pardana Constâncio and Professor Paulo Pereira de Assis. He concluded a Masters Degree in Composition (performance), at the Universidade de Aveiro, with a Thesis about the usage of language in music by Helmut Lachenmann, specifically in the piece GOT LOST, under the orientation of Professor Helena Santana.
He attended several Workshops and Seminars with Composer Emmanuel Nunes, both in Fundação Gulbenkian and at the Casa da Música in Oporto. Other than the Seminars with Emmanuel Nunes, he also participated in Workshops and conferences by the Composers Brian Farneyhough, Edson Zampronha, Staffan Mossenmark, Flô Menezes, Helmut Lachenmann, among others. In the field of Philosophy and Aesthetics he also attended several conferences by Dtra. Scarlet Marton, Dtr. João Constâncio, Dtra. Maria Filomena Molder, Dtra. Maria Fornari, Dtr. João Nabais and Dtr. Giuliano Campioni.
As a young composer he had his first piece premiered in 2007, in one of the Fundação Gulbenkian’s Workshops for Young Composers, under the orientation of Composer Emmanuel Nunes. Here his Piece with Graphic Title III was selected and interpreted in concert by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Conducted by Guillaume Bourgogne, with whom the second part of the Workshop took place. The following year, invited by Composer Chagas Rosa, he premiered in the Festivais de Outono his piece Oidche Shamhna, for three percussion sets. Still in 2008 he wrote for the Saxophone player Jorge Silva the piece Kathib’s Heart, for Baritone Saxophone and two percussionists. This piece was premiered in the last recital of the Saxophone Graduate Degree of the mentioned player. In 2009, invited by the Conductor Pedro Figueiredo, he writes for the Ensemble 20/21 the piece reflexos sobre a pele (reflections on skin) for small Ensemble and vibraphone, harp and celesta trio, premiered in 2010 in Fundação Gulbenkian. In 2011 he writes Energeia, for mixed Ensemble premiered by the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, also Conducted by Pedro Figueiredo.