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Maria Inês Pires


Maria Inês Pires

Ph.D Student
Maria Inês Pires is a PhD student of Historical Musical Studies at NOVA University of Lisbon. She finished her bachelor’s degree in Saxophone and her master’s degree in Music Pedagogy in ESART (Castelo Branco). She studied at the Pôle d’Enseignement Supérieur Musique et Danse de Bordeaux, in the saxophone and contemporary chamber music class of Marie-Bernadette Charrier. In 2014, she won the Best Performer Award in the CRCB Internal Competition, she reached the 2nd Prize in the Cabral National Clarinet and Saxophone Competition and she was a finalist in the Vitor Santos International Saxophone Competition. She participated in the 17th and 18th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg and Zagreb. In 2017 and 2019, she premiered pieces by young Portuguese composers at the Monaco Electroacoustique Festival. She attended masterclasses with Jean-Marie Londeix, Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Lars Mlekusch, Christophe Grèzes, Jean-Michel Goury, Marcus Weiss, Andrés Gomis, among others. Since 2019, she has been part of the DME Festival production team, supported by DGARTES.
Pires, M. I. (2020). O ensino da música erudita ocidental contemporânea: o estudo de dois casos. Castelo Branco: Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas de Castelo Branco do Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco
Post-Doc/PhD/Master Thesis
Title Ph.D.: Instrumental groups dedicated to the contemporary erudite repertoire in Portugal at the beginning of the 21st century: Drumming, Synthesis, Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble, Performa Ensemble and Ensemble DME

Isabel Pires


In Portugal, a country characterized by an openness to various musical languages ​​and aesthetics, we found the foundation of musical groups dedicated to the contemporary erudite repertoire by composers, associations, performers, among others.
With a view to a representative investigation of the national panorama, we studied the case of 5 groups based in different regions of the country: Drumming (Porto), Stese (Guarda), Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble (Lisbon), Performa Ensemble (Aveiro) and Ensemble DME (Seia).
Combining the documentary analysis of concert programs, activity reports, reviews, news, among other existing documentation, with the results obtained from semi-structured interviews with the members of the groups, institutions that host them, and artistic directors, we will make known the history of these groupings, the history of musical composition and its actors from the beginning of the 21st century to the present, and we will contribute to the deepening of the knowledge of the recent contemporary music scene and its documentation.

Research Group:

Contemporary Music