Biography (en)

Luís Neto da Costa is a composer, teacher, researcher and conductor.

In 2017 he was one of the resident artists in the Casa da Música, which lead to the commissioning of three works, one was premiered by the Remix Ensemble, conducted by Peter Rundel, and another by Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, conducted by Baldur Brönnimann. He had commissions from institutions such as the Portuguese Association of Composers, Festival DME, Arte no Tempo and Antena 2. His music has been played in several Portuguese concert halls and in Madrid, Valencia, Milan, Bordeaux, Larissa, Monterrey and Rio de Janeiro.

As composer, he has eight prizes and awards: Winner of Category B of International Composition Prize “Pedro de Araújo” 2022; Portuguese winner of “Prémio Ibermúsicas de Composição e Estreia de Obra 2021“; Winner of Category B of International Composition Award – Órgãos do Palácio Nacional de Mafra (2021); 2nd Prize of the 5th Edition of Folefest Composition Competition 2021; Winner of the joint prize at the conference “Flute: Hands on Research 2018“; 2nd Prize of “Concurso de Composição para Orquestra de Sopros Juvenil Município de Lousada”; Honorable Mention of “Prémio de Composição Casa da Música / ESMAE no Dia Mundial da Música 2015”; and Honorable Mention of the 4th Edition of “Concurso de Composição SPA/Antena 2”.

Neto da Costa has collaborated with various musicians such as Frederic Cardoso, Clara Saleiro, Henrique Portovedo and Batista Júnior. These collaborations resulted in two works included in the albums “LUX ET UMBRA”, edited by Artway Records, and “Mixed Dialogues” by Frederic Cardoso and paper presentations, with and without performance, at some international conferences. Through the program Garantir Cultura 2021, Arte no Tempo made a documentary about the collaboration and the recording of a work composed for its resident ensemble, ars ad hoc.

He graduated in Composition at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE), having studied with Dimitris Andrikopolous, Eugénio Amorim, Filipe Vieira, Rui Penha, Daniel Moreira, Carlos Azevedo, among others, and became Master of Music Teaching at the University of Aveiro, oriented by Isabel Soveral and Evgueni Zoudilkine.

He attended masterclasses with with Dimitri Papageorgiou, Franck Bedrossian, Pierluigi Billone, Luis Naón, Clemens Gadenstätter and Nicolas Tzortis in events such as OutHear New Music Week (Greece), IlSUONO Contemporary Music Week (Italy), CROMA Festival (Portugal) and the 3rd Contemporary Music Festival of Évora (Portugal). In this last event, Klangforum Wien played one of his pieces. He also had meetings with Luca Francesconi and Unsuk Chin in seminars and a class with Harrisson Birtwistle when he was in residency at Casa da Música.

Neto da Costa is also passionate about conducting. He conducted several recitals of young composers and recorded a disc with ESMAE Contemporary Music Ensemble. It should be noted the participation in the International Conducting Masterclass ministered by Peter Rundel, where he had the opportunity to conduct Remix Ensemble, as well as the attendance in other masterclasses with Jean-Marc Burfin, Artur Pinho Maria and Pedro Neves.

He currently teaches Analysis and Composition Techniques.

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