Tadeja Vulc, Daniel Hensel, Luis Antunes Pena and the Young Sound Forum of Central Europe - © Kai Bienert

Luís Antunes Pena

Composer

Luís Antunes Pena, composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music, was born in 1973 in Lisbon, Portugal. He studied composition at the Superior Music School of Lisbon and attended the composition seminars of Emmanuel Nunes at the Gulbenkian Foundation so as various summer courses in Paris, Darmstadt, Berlin and Brescia (Italy). Particularly important was the course with Gérard Grisey in IRCAM in 1998. He went to Germany in 1999 to study composition with Nicolaus A. Huber at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen. At the same time he studied electronic music at the ICEM with Dirk Reith and later with Günter Steinke. In 2004 he concluded the composition studies with distinction and wrote his dissertation on the relations between the electroacustic and instrumental thinking in Helmut Lachenmann’s Music.

His music has been played in Portugal, Germany, Holland, Sweden and USA. He won composition prizes at the ECMC 25th Anniversary International Electroacoustic Music Competition, at the 11th Summer Seminar from Vienna, at the contests Óscar da Silva and Lopes Graça, and his music has been distinguished and selected for the ISCM Festivals in Miami, the World Music Days Stuttgart, and at the 32e Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges and the ICMC 2006.

He was granted the Rotary Club Scholarship, and between 2000 and 2004 the scholarship of the Foundation for Science and Technology from the Portuguese Ministry for Science and Education. 2005/06 he was awarded the “MozArt 250” scholarship from the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland and the ZKM | Karlsruhe.

He has received commissions from different institutions such as the Deutscher Musikrat, the Theater im Depot, the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland and the ZKM | Karlsruhe.

Work selection: Vermalung II – Donny G. (2006) for 8-Channel Elekcronics; Anatomia de um Poema Sonoro (2003-2004) for Soprano, Speaker, Saxophone, Percussion, Piano and Live-Electronic, following Texts from Jorge de Sena and Kurt Schwitters; Vermalung I – Westernmusik (2005), for 4-Channel Electronics; Sonorous Landscapes I and II (2005) for Electronics, Kippfigur (2004) for Saxophone Quartet; Klangspiegel (2001-2002) for Quartertone-Trumpet, Tam-tam, and Tape; „...Winterlich ruhende Erde...“ (2000) for Violoncello; Trajectories (1999) for 12 Instruments.