António Pinho Vargas

António Pinho Vargas was born in 1951, in Vila Nova de Gaia near Oporto. He graduated in History and has the final degree in Piano by the Oporto Conservatory. With a scholarship from the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, he studied three years with the composer Klaas de Vries at the Rotterdam Conservatory, having majored in Composition in 1990. He was decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic with the commend Order of the Infante D.Henrique, in 1995. He attended composition courses, workshops and seminars in Portugal with Emmanuel Nunes; in the Netherlands with John Cage and Louis Andriessen; in Hungary with Gyorgy Ligeti and in Italy with Franco Donatoni. He begun to play jazz in 1974 with musicians such as Kenny Wheeler, Steve Potts, Paolo Fresu, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen and Adam Rudolph.. In 2008 he returned to his performance activity and edited a solo piano double CD Solo. Since his years in Holland, António Pinho Vargas composes mainly contemporary music, having reached a proeminent place in the Portuguese music scenario. He had his works performed in France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, Brasil, United Kingdom and USA. His body or works includes compositions for ensemble and solo instruments, for orchestra, for choir and orchestra and operas. (text taken from António Pinho Vargas' website)

Available discography

António Pinho Vargas' "Nocturno Diurno", by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlinmisha Rachlevsky, cond. Misha Rachlevsky:

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