Carlos Marecos

Carlos Marecos


Carlos Marecos (b. 1963, Lisbon) graduated in Composition, in 1999, at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he studied with Eurico Carrapatoso, António Pinho Vargas and Christopher Bochmann.
He completed a PhD in Music, in 2011, at the University of Aveiro, with the composers João Pedro Oliveira and Christopher Bochmann, with a scholarship from the Foundation for Science and Technology.

He won the composition prize “Prémio Lopes-Graça in 1999 and again in 2000.

He directs the chamber ensemble “Ensemble Portátil”, which is dedicated to contemporary repertoire and modern settings of Portuguese folk music.
He also directs the ClusterLAB ensemble, with which he develops a research work based on practice, fostering a lab environment, with reading sessions of works still in the writing stage,
and that aims to deepen the collaborative work between composers, musicians and maestros, culminating with the presentation of the works in concert.

Marecos has received commissions from numerous important cultural entities including Culturgest, the Gulbenkian Foundation Centre for Modern Art (ACART), the World Exposition – Lisbon 1998, OrchestrUtopica, the Estoril International Music Festival, and Cistermúsica – Alcobaça Music Festival.

In the areas of theatre and dance, he has worked with the stage directors João Brites, Raul Atalaia, Luís Miguel Cintra, as well as the choreographers Madalena Victorino and Vera Mantero.
Since 2002, Marecos has been developing staged works regularly with a team of artists including the soprano Margarida Marecos, the stage director Paulo Lages, the actor Guilherme Filipe, the set designer Acácio de Carvalho, and the costume designer Manuela Bronze.
Outside Portugal, his music has been performed in Spain, France, England, Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Colombia and the United States.

He is a professor and researcher at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon since 2006, being since 2013 the head of the Composition department and since 2014 the head of Music Technologies course. He also teaches composition and analysis at University of Évora.