António Pinho Vargas

António Pinho Vargas (born Vila Nova de Gaia, August 15, 1951) is a Portuguese composer and pianist specializing in jazz and contemporary music. He has also written books, essays, and articles on music.

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Having obtained a degree in history at the University of Porto, he studied music at the Rotterdam Conservatory from 1987 to 1990 and graduated with a degree in Musical Composition. In 1991, he began teaching musical composition at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon. His first jazz album was Outros Lugares (1983). He also wrote soundtracks for Portuguese films and theatrical plays.

Since his return from the Netherlands he has mainly been a classical composer, having written operas, orchestral and ensemble pieces, and works recorded by the Arditti Quartet, Galliard Ensemble, Royal Scottish Academy Brass, and the Northern Sinfonia.


for Violoncello and Large Ensemble alto fl, ob, cl, bcl, fg, tp, cor, tbn, 3 perc., pf, Cello Solo, 6 vln, 2 vla, 2 vlc, 2 cb; Duration: 27′ Commissioned by: Casa da Música / Porto 2001 First Performance: Anssi Karttunen (violoncello) and Remix Ensemble, dir: Frank Ollu, Porto, 2005 | critic |

  • MACHINES FICTIVES (pour Pierrot le fou) (2003) (withdrawn for rev.)

for Ensemble fl; ob; cl; bcl, fg; 2 perc; pf; vl I; vl II; vla; vlc; cb; Duration: 12 ‘ Commissioned by: Fundação Oriente First Performance: OchestrUtópica, dir. Yu- Feng, Lisboa, 2003


for 12 instruments fl; ob; cl, cor; fg;; pf; perc; vln I ; vl II; vla; vlc; cb Duration: 10′ Commissioned by: Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian First Performance: Ensemble Nuova Sincronia, dir. Renato Rivolta, Lisboa and Milano, 1997 | record |


for 10 instruments fl, cl1, cl/clb, fg/cfg, tp, cr, tbn, pf, vln, vlc, Duration: 17′ Commissioned by: Professional School of Music – Almada First Performance: Soloists from Orq. Sinfónica Portuguesa, Lisboa | record |

  • ESTUDO/FIGURA (1990)

for 10 instruments fl; cl; c.i.clb; vib/mar; cel/pf vln I vla; vlc; cb Duration: 12′ Commissioned by: First Performance: Performance: Ensemble RC, dir. Arie Van Beck, Amsterdam


for Opus Ensemble (withdrawn) ob/c.i.,vla, cb, pf. Duration: 12′ Commissioned by: RTP First Performance: Soloists from Rotterdam’s Conservatorium, Amsterdam (withdrawn for rev.)

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