Portuguese clarinetist, conductor and composer, Luís Carvalho is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Having performed numerous concerts and recitals around the World, often premieres his own pieces and others by leading Portuguese and foreign contemporary composers, some of which have been specifically dedicated to him.
Mr. Carvalho studied clarinet and composition in Porto (with Antonio Saiote and Fernando Lapa, respectively), where he was awarded the «Prize for the best student of the year» (1994), and orchestra conducting in Milan, S. Petersburg and Madrid, with Jorma Panula and Jesus López-Cóbos. He also studied contemporary music conducting with Arturo Tamayo, and attended workshops and lectures by renowned composers such as Luis de Pablo (Spain) and Magnus Lindberg (Finland). A prizewinner at the «4th International Póvoa de Varzim Composition Competition» (2009) for his orchestral workMetamorphoses... hommage à M. C. Escher, more recently (2012) Mr. Carvalho has also been nominated for the Authors Prize of the Portuguese Authors Society (SPA), for another of his orchestral works – Nise Lacrimosa. In 2013 «Audiência» regional newspaper awards him the Prestige Trophy for his career devoted to music.
Mr. Carvalho appears regularly with most of the Portuguese leading orchestras, namely the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Porto National Orchestra, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Algarve Orchestra, the Madeira Classical Orchestra, the Beiras Philharmonic, the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, the Póvoa de Varzim Symphony Orchestra, the Aveiro University Symphony Orchestra, the ESART Symphony Orchestra, the EPMVC Symphony Orchestra, the Espinho Classical Orchestra, and abroad appears with orchestras in Russia, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Finland. He is founder and artistic/music director of Camerata Nov’Arte (Porto), a group that proposes alternative programs, including a well-received tour to Brazil (2013). Mr. Carvalho appears moreover alongside such renowned soloists as Radovan Vlatkovic (horn), Pedro Burmester (piano), Alain Damiens, Justo Sanz, Josep Fuster and Arno Piters (clarinet), Pedro Carneiro (percussion), Henrique Portovedo (saxofone), Rui Lopes (bassoon), José Pereira (violin), Marco Pereira (cello), and Elsa Saque, Carlos Guilherme, Mário Alves, Isabel Alcobia, Raquel Camarinha, Dora Rodrigues, Sara Braga Simões and Ana Paula Russo (voice), having furthermore participated at the international festivals of Espinho, Aveiro, Póvoa de Varzim, Estoril, CCB Music Days (Lisbon) and RDP/Antena 2 Young Musicians Festival.
Mr. Carvalho’s repertoire is vast and eclectic, spanning from the baroque to modernity, and includes several premieres. On the scenic/operatic field his experience includes the premiere of Portuguese opera Tale of the Foundation of the City of Coimbra, by Manuel de Faria, La voix humaine by Poulenc, Il secreto de Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari, Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg and How to make orange color by Portuguese composer Pedro Faria Gomes.
Also a recognized composer, Mr. Carvalho’s works have been receiving performances in Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Venezuela and Brazil. Mainly published by AvA-musical editions, his catalogue includes Metamorphoses... hommage to M. C. Escher and Nise Lacrimosa (commissioned by Alcobaça International Music Festival-2011), both for orchestra, Fantastic Variations for symphonic band (commissioned by the Portuguese Symphony Band – on CD by label AFINAUDIO), Dodekathlon for solo tuba and low brass ensemble (commissioned by renowned tubist Sérgio Carolino and The Wild Bones Gang),Sax-suite for saxophone quartet (on CD by label NUMÉRICA), Hornphony for horn quartet (on CD by label AFINAUDIO) as well as Hornpipe (solo horn),Chirimia (solo oboe) and Alboque (solo clarinet). As a result of his doctorate investigation Mr. Carvalho conceived a new «reinvention of the draft for large ensemble» for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.10 in F# major, which he himself premiered, alongside Camerata Nov’Arte in June/2014.
A faculty teacher at the Aveiro University (Portugal), Mr. Carvalho is featured in nearly two dozen CD’s, either as a clarinetist, conductor or composer, and in labels such as NUMÉRICA, CASA DA MÚSICA, AFINAUDIO and PUBLIC-ART.
Repertoire (as conductor)
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto nr. 3; Suite in B-minor (flute and orchestra)
Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 49, 99, 103, 104
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 25, 29, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 & 41;
Piano Concertos nr. 9 (Jeunehomme), 17 (K.453) & 24 (K.491);
“Cosi fan tutte”, “Die Zauberflute”, “Le nozze di Figaro” overtures;
“Sinfonia Concertante” for winds (K.297b); Concertos for clarinet (K622), horn (K.417 & K.447), bassoon (K.191), violin (No.3, K.216),
“Eine kleine Nachtmusik”;
Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 (D.417), 5 (D.485), 6 (D.589) & Unfinished (No.8 D.759);
Mass No.5 D. 678
Beethoven: Symphonies nrs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8;
3rd & 5th Piano Concertos;
overtures “Coriolanus”, “Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus” & “Egmont”.
Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4;
“Die Hebriden”; “Fair Melusine”; “Ruy Blas”;
Overture for winds op.24;
“Midsummer night’s dream” overture & excerpts,
Schumann: Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 4; Concerto Piano Op. 54