Biography


António Pinho Vargas was born in Vila Nova de Gaia in 1951. Composer, musician and essayist. Graduated in History from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto. Piano degree from the Porto Conservatory (1987) and Masters in Composition from the Rotterdam Conservatory (1990). Professor of composition at Lisbon School of Music since 1991 and Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra since 2006, where he finished his PhD in Sociology of Culture (2010) with the dissertation "On Music and Power".


Commander of the Infante D. Henrique Order awarded by the President of the Portuguese Republic (1995). Municipal Medal of Cultural Merit of Vila Nova de Gaia (1998) and the Medal of Honour by SPA (2015). Winner of the José Afonso Prize for the album Solo II (2012), 11th University of Coimbra Award (2012) and the SPA Autores Prize for his work Magnificat for Choir and Orchestra (2014).


António Pinho Vargas recorded 10 jazz albums as composer, pianist and band leader including Solo (2008), Solo II (2009), and Improvisações (2011). The Naxos label released Requiem & Judas (2014) and re-released Os Dias Levantados and Verses and Nocturnes (2015). Warner Music has also re-released Monodiain 2015 and the CD Magnificat - De Profundis in 2017.


He has composed four operas, three oratorios, 12 orchestral pieces, 8 ensemble pieces, 20 chamber works, 9 pieces for soloists and five film scores. His most recent works include Requiem (2012), Magnificat (2013), De Profundis (2014), Violin Concert (2015) and Viola Concert (2016).


Author of the books Sobre Música: ensaios, textos e entrevistas (Afrontamento, 2002) and Cinco Conferências sobre a História da Música do Século XX (Culturgest, 2008) and Música e Poder: para uma sociologia da ausência da música portuguesa no contexto europeu (Almedina, 2011).



Texto de Afonso Miranda sobre a Sinfonia (subjetiva) e o elogio.

"Este é o meu elogio ao António" por Afonso Miranda

Sinfonia (subjetiva) / Six Portraits of Pain | texto de Pedro Boléo, Público sábado 30-3

A estreia de uma nova sinfonia de António Pinho Vargas e a revisitação da obra Six Portraits of Pain acompanhada de um filme de Teresa Villaverde foram recebidos com entusiasmo pelo público que se deslocou ao Centro Cultural de Belém no passado domin

Memorial estreia dia 15 DEZ, Culturgest

Memorial para Orquestra Sinfónica, estreia no de celebração dos 20 anos do Prémio Nobel de José Saramago. 

Orchestra

OUVERTURES AND CLOSURES (2012)

2012

Orquestra Sinfónica

Oratorio

Ensemble

SIX PORTRAITS OF PAIN

2005

Chamber Music

Solo

Music for films