(b. 1965, Lisbon).
Portuguese composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in the Americas and Europe; he is also active as a violist.
Mr. Delgado is the great-grandson of the composer Carlos de Andrade (b. 1884 – d. 1930). He studied piano with Fátima Fraga and chamber music and violin at the Fundação Musical dos Amigos das Crianças in Lisbon from 1978–85. He studied viola with Barbara Friedhoff in France and graduated with distinction. He studied composition privately with Joly Braga Santos from 1981–85. He graduated in composition and violin as an external student of the Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa in 1982. He later studied composition with Jacques Charpentier at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Nice from 1986–89, on a scholarship from the Secretaria de Estado da Cultura of Portugal, where he graduated with distinction.
Among his honours as a composer is the Prémio João de Freitas Branco (1992).
As a violist, he served as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra in London in 1988–89 and of the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon from 1991–95. He also co-founded the Quarteto Lacerda.
Mr. Delgado is also active in other positions. He served as concertmaster and conductor of the Orquestra da Fundação Musical dos Amigos das Crianças and later served as musical assistant to RDP in Lisbon from 1989–91. He has written studies of the composers Carlos de Andrade and Luís de Freitas Branco, as well as the book A Sinfonia em Portugal (2001, Editorial Caminho). He has worked as a music critic for newspapers in Portugal since 1990 and also presented a programme of musical analysis on Antena 2.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
O Doido e a Morte (chamber opera in 1 act, libretto by Raul Brandão), mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harpsichord, 1993 (a concert suite was arranged for flute, marimba)
Versato, string orchestra, 1980
Prelúdio, string orchestra, 1982 (also version for string quartet)
Três Momentos, 1984
Concerto, flute, orchestra, 1988
Evoluções na Paisagem, 1989
Escaramuça, string orchestra, 1994
Concerto, viola, orchestra, 2000
Little Suite, string orchestra, 2001 (also version for string quartet)
Prelúdio, string quartet, 1982 (version of work for string orchestra)
Concerto para Metais, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, 1985
Quarteto, 4 percussion, 1987
Duo, clarinet, viola, 1987
Os Nossos Dias, flute, oboe, bassoon, French horn, 1987
Antagonia, cello, 1990
Quarteto, 4 double basses, 1991
String Quartet, 1991
Burlesca, cello, double bass, 1991–92
The Panic Flirt, flute, 1992
Langará, clarinet, 1992
O Doido e a Morte, flute, marimba, 1995 (concert suite from chamber opera)
Quién me libra..., guitar, 1996
Duo, harpsichord, marimba, 1997
A Varanda do Frangipani, cello, 1999
Easy pieces, ensemble, 2000–01
Little Suite, string quartet, 2001 (version of work for string orchestra)
Cansonâncias, mixed chorus, 2000
Dois Poemas de Camões (text by Luís Vaz de Camões), soprano, piano, 1981
Turbilhão, bass, string quartet, 1987
Poema de Deus e do Diabo, bass, flute, clarinet, harp, violin, cello, 2001
Pequena obsessão compulsiva, 1995
Burlesca. Duo Contracello (Numérica: NUM 1055, 1996)
The Panic Flirt. Luís Meireles, flute (Numérica: NUM 1080, 1998)
Langará. Carlos Casadó, clarinet (Noten: NT 99003, 1999)
String Quartet. Arditti String Quartet (Etcetera Records: KTC 1242, 2001)
Prelúdio (original version); Escaramuça. Vasco Azevedo/Sinfonietta de Lisboa (PortugalSom/Strauss, 2002)
Pequena obsessão compulsiva. Ananda Sukarlan, piano (Cecilia Colien Honegger)
Quién me libra... Marco Socías, guitar (Cecilia Colien Honegger)