This month we welcomed composer André Santos into our growing community of artists!
PARMA will be releasing a full album of André’s various chamber works next year, showcasing his talents as a performer as well as his musical language and compositional style.
After graduating with a degree in economics from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2006, André studied classical guitar at the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa (ESML) with guitarist Piñero Nagy. He then completed his studies in classical guitar at the Conservatorio Superior Manuel Castillo in Seville. In 2011, André then returned to ESML to study composition under composers António Pinho Vargas, Carlos Caires, and professor Luís Tinoco.
As both a composer and a performer, André plays in many different groups in Lisbon. Due to the lack of repertoire for the instruments in these groups, André writes lots of original music and arrangements for them. This dedication led him to become the music director for multiple groups in Lisbon – since then he’s created several projects and arrangements for a variety of artists.
With experience as a Classical and Flamenco guitarist, as well as being a composer and a music director for multiple ensembles, André brings a unique musical language and aesthetic to his compositions. His writing stems from a will to try something new, and is mainly focused on specific musicians.
Check out this video of André performing a piece by composer Thilo Krassman titled, “Sonata ao Chiado Antigo”, and find more music on his website below. Also stay tuned for updates on his upcoming album!