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Cláudio de Pina


Cláudio de Pina

PhD. Student

Sound artist and composer. Titular organist of the historical organ at Parish of Ajuda. Researcher in Contemporary Music Research Group/CESEM. Holds a diploma of Advanced Studies in Musical Arts regarding organ and electroacoustic music and a Master in Musical Arts, with the distinction of the Dean’s Honour Roll 2018/19. Currently a PhD candidate and FCT research fellow in the field of contemporary organ and electroacoustic music (ESML/FCSH). Studied in Gregorian Institute of Lisbon, Hot Jazz Club and Physics Engineering in Lisbon University (FCUL). Had further studies with Adrian Moore, Åke Parmerud, Annette Vande Gorne, César Viana, Eurico Carrapatoso, Gilles Gobeil, Hans Tutschku, Jaime Reis and Trevor Wishart. His scientific output mainly concerns; musical analysis, musical composition, electroacoustic music, acoustics, sound synthesis, organ and musical performing and soundscape. His artistic work has been selected and premiered worldwide in events like; Arte no Tempo, Binaural Nodar, Festival DME, Festival Zeppelin, Iklectic, MUSLAB, MA/IN, Lisboa Incomum and L’Espace du Son. His acousmatic works have been published in the following collections, MA/IN 2019 and Métamorphoses 2020. Self released two albums, regarding organ music with electronics, Asteroeides, and acousmatic music, Palimpsestus. Will release a critical edition of vanguard organ work of the 60’s in historical Portuguese organ, funded by Fundação GDA.


Cláudio PINA “Extended techniques on the pipe organ”, NCMM 2018 – Nova Contemporary Music Meeting (in press), 2020
Cláudio PINA, “Convolution and convoluted acoustic spaces”, Tracking the creative process in music, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Lisboa, 2019
Cláudio PINA “Ligeti’s Harmonies”, I Encontro International de estudantes em Música e Musicologia, Universidade de Évora, Évora, 2019
Cláudio PINA, “O órgão histórico da Paroquial da Ajuda”, EINEM 2020 – II Encontro Internacional de Investigação de Estudantes de Música e Musicologia, Universidade de Évora, Portugal, 2020

Post-Doc/PhD/Master Thesis
Title Ph.D. Thesis: A expansão sonora no órgão histórico e práticas interpretativas de música contemporânea | PhD, Sound expansion in the historical organ and performance practices in contemporary music.
Scholarship Reference: 2021.07298.BD

This research studies the possibilities of interpreting contemporary repertoire on an 18th century Portuguese organ. The repertoire is considered to be one that, for its interpretation on a historical instrument, implies the use of innovative interpretative practices that go beyond the usual sound limits. Contemporary performance practices, such as those found in the organ works of György Ligeti, will be investigated in order to be adapted. In this investigation performance practices that expand sonority will have to be adapted specifically on this instrument. These practices, although not originally conceived for the Portuguese organ, are favoured by the direct interaction of the performer with the mechanics of the instrument. This research will show the potential of the historical organ to perform contemporary music with its own methodology. It is intended to contribute to the innovation in the field of contemporary interpretative practice on the Portuguese organ, increasing the interest and diversity of culture, heritage and the repertoire of the instrument.

Research Group:

Contemporary Music