Back in 2006, I wrote a solo clarinet piece for Ruben Jacinto, who was studying at the same music school as me. In December 2019 we gathered at Montijo to record it. Editing is now almost finished and the score is being revised.
A new piece for solo piano has been commissioned by emerging pianist Marta Menezes. The work is to become an encore to Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, celebrating the composer’s 250th birthday.
Alexander Soares is a pianist I admire very much. We met at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama while we were both enrolled on the doctoral programme (DMus). I can never forget his amazing performance of Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles… at the Milton Court Concert Hall. I’m very happy and lucky to be working with him towards a new set of piano etudes which I hope will be an important contribution to the solo piano repertoire. We’ve been testing ideas and I’ve been getting a lot of valuable feedback in terms of piano technique and idiomatic notation.
Below are some pictures of our first working session at LSO St. Luke’s. The London Symphony Orchestra staff has been immensely supportive and deserves a special thanks. This includes the excellent AV team at St. Luke’s which recorded the session.
Vitorino Coragem photographed Cláudia Sampaio, a Portuguese poet. The result is Fada do Lar (home fairy), a new exhibition to take place at O Bom o Mau e o Vilão, a famous and vibrant club in Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré. I worked with Carolina Amaral, who lent her voice, to create an electroacoustic soundtrack (click here to listen). The premiere is on the 28th of September 2017, at 7pm.