Luís Tinoco

(b. 16 July 1969, Lisbon).

Portuguese composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Tinoco studied composition with Christopher Bochmann and António Pinho Vargas at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he earned his BA in 1996. He then studied composition with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music in London and there earned his MMus in 1999, on scholarships from the Centro Nacional de Cultura and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. He studied composition with Nicola LeFanu at the University of York from 2006–10, where he earned his PhD.

Among his honours are the Prémio de Composição Lopes-Graça (1995, for Quarteto de Cordas), First Prize in the competition of the Galliard Ensemble (1999, for Autumn Wind), the Prémio Revelação Ribeiro da Fonte from the Ministério da Cultura (2000, for his recent works), and the Prémio de Composição Cláudio Carneyro (2000, for ...a Terra Fértil). His music has been performed in Australia, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea, the UK, and the USA, including once at the ISCM World Music Days in Ljubljana (2003).

He is also active in other positions. He presented a programme of 20th- and 21st-century music, A Partitura de um Século, for RDP in Lisbon from 2000–03 and has produced the international programme for contemporary music Geografia dos Sons for RDP since 2003. In addition, he has served as artistic director of the Prémio Jovens Músicos of RDP since 2006. He has served as artistic director of the ensemble for contemporary music OrchestrUtopica since 2001.

He has taught analysis and composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa since 1999, where he later served as vice-principal, and taught composition at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo in Porto in 2003–04.

His publisher is the University of York Music Press.





Solonely (dance music, choreography by David Fielding), double bass, live electronics, 2002

Imaginary Dancescapea melodrumming after Cocteau (text by Jean Cocteau), baritone, 5 percussion, 2003

Evil Machines (music-theatre work, text by Terry Jones), 2008

Paint Me (chamber opera, libretto by Stephen Plaice), 2010

Lídia (ballet, choreography by Paulo Ribeiro), 2014


Perpetuum, large orchestra (87 players), 1996

Canto para Timor Leste, 14 strings, 1998

Antípoda, small orchestra (15 players), 1999–2000

Invenção sobre Paisagem, small orchestra (15 players), 2001

Round Time, large orchestra (94 players), 2002

Zapping, 2004

Hovering over, small orchestra (16 players), 2004

Tracing the Memory, 2004–05

Díptico, piano, large orchestra, 2004–05

Ascent, large orchestra (77 players), 2006–07

Cercle Intérieur, large orchestra (around hall), 2012

Horn Concerto, French horn, large orchestra, 2013

Frisland, large orchestra, 2014


Quarteto de Cordas, string quartet, 1995

Verde Secreto, alto saxophone, piano, 1997

Tríptico, violin, piano, 1997

A Way to Silence, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, 1997

Autumn Wind, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1998

Lugares Esquecidos, violin, viola, cello, piano, 1998

Sundance Sequence, flute, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 1999

...a Terra Fértil, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, 1999

Mind the Gap, marimba, 1999–2000

LightDistance, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), French horn, bassoon, 2000

O Curso das Águas, flute, oboe d'amore (+ English horn), clarinet, bassoon, 2001

Ends meet, marimba, string quartet, 2001–02

Short Cuts, 4 saxophones, 2003

Labyrinth, clarinet, ensemble (oboe [+ English horn], bassoon, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass), 2005

The Delirium of My Desirea Consequenza for solo flute, in memoriam Luciano Berio, flute, 2006

Steel Factory, 4 steel drums (all + 2 bongos, 3 sixxens [steel plaques]), 2006


Round Time Poems (text by João Tinoco), male chorus, 1999


Três Poemas do Oriente (text by Camilo Pessanha), soprano, flute (+ alto flute), clarinet, harp, piano, percussion, 2001 (also French version [translated by Christine Pâris-Montech] as Trois Poèmes de l'Orient, 2003)

Qalbî 'arabîos viajantes da noite (texts from 11th-, 12th-century poetry from Arabs in Portugal [translated by Adalberto Alves]), 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, 15 strings, 2002

Fantastic Tales (text by Terry Jones), male speaker, orchestra, 2005–06 (also Portuguese version [translated by Manuela Madureira, Fernando Rebelo] as Contos Fantásticos, 2005–06)

Search Songs (song-cycle, text by Fernando Pessoa), soprano, orchestra, 2006–07

From the Depth of Distance (texts by Fernando Pessoa, Walt Whitman), soprano, orchestra, 2008

Canções do Sonhador Solitário (cantata, text by Almeida Faria), soprano, orchestra, 2011


Diversion, guitar, snare drum, 2 variable players ad libitum, 2006


Autumn Wind. Galliard Ensemble (Meridian: CDE 84429, 2001)

Quarteto de Cordas. Arditti String Quartet (Etcetera Records: KTC 1242, 2001)

Antípoda. Lorraine Vaillancourt/Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Atma Classique: ACD 2328, 2003)

Mind the Gap. Pedro Carneiro, marimba (Deux-Elles Classical Recordings: DXL1071, 2003)

LightDistance; O Curso das Águas; Autumn Wind. Galliard Ensemble (Deux-Elles Classical Recordings: DXL1084, 2003)

...a Terra Fértil. John Wallace/Royal Scottish Academy Brass (Deux-Elles Classical Recordings: DXL1087, 2003)

Short Cuts. Apollo Saxophone Quartet (Quartz: QTZ2012, 2004)

Antípoda; Trois Poèmes de l'Orient; Lugares Esquecidos; Short Cuts; Sundance Sequence; Invenção sobre Paisagem. Eileen Hulse, soprano; Odaline de la Martínez/Lontano (Lorelt: LNT 121, 2005)

Round Time; From the Depth of Distance; Search Songs; Canções do Sonhador Solitário. Raquel Camarinha, Ana Quintans, Yeree Suh, sopranos; David Alan Miller/Orquestra Gulbenkian (Naxos Records: 8.572981, 2013)