About

Fátima Fonte ComposerA Portuguese composer now living in Porto, I graduated with a MA in Composition from the Conservatorium of Music of Amsterdam, having Richard Ayres as the main teacher. Previously I studied for a BA at ESMAE, Porto.

As part of my interest in vocal music and different musical traditions, I went to India to study North Indian Classical Music with the singer Aparna Gurav.

Afterwards, in the course of the Master of Arts, I researched Portuguese Traditional Vocal Music.

In Amsterdam I have also worked with the Nieuw Ensemble, who played Sul and Lavava y suspirava at the Concertgebouw and at other Dutch concert halls.

Icarus Ensemble played my piece Floating in Italy and in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2012 (UK). A bird in the garden, composed for the Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (Holland), was performed by orkest de erepris in the Gaudeaumus Music Week (2013).

In late years I have been working intensively with stage music in Portugal. One of the main works – the opera buffa Querela dos Grilos – has been presented in numerous Portuguese theatres.

As a Young Composer Associate at Teatro Nacional São Carlos (2017-2018), I participated in several collaborative workshops with musicians, dancers, choreographers and singers. The piece Era uma vez eu-alface, for narrator and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, was premiered at Teatro São Carlos in February.

In July I attended the Opera Creation Workshop, part of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Currently I am part of the workshop Composing for Voices with Luís Tinoco, at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which will result in a piece for singers and Orquestra Gulbenkian to be premiered in July 2019.

In Porto I direct a chamber choir and collaborate with several theatre groups.