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Rita Torres


Rita Torres

Research Fellow

Rita Torres joined CESEM as a Research Fellow in Autumn 2017. After a short period at CESEM’s branch at the University of Évora, she has been based at the centre’s headquarters in Lisbon since 2018. She was previously affiliated with the Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) of the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP); and was a guest researcher at the Institute of Musicology and Music Informatics (IMWI) of the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany.

Torres holds a PhD in Science and Technology of the Arts from the UCP, as well as degrees in Chemical Engineering, Guitar, Musicology/Music Informatics and Composition. Her work as a researcher and as a composer has been presented worldwide in events such as international festivals and conferences. Her research interests are currently centred on guitar multiphonics and on her own creative processes.

In 2021, Torres initiated CESEM’s Regular Research Symposium, reinstated GIMC’s informal discussion meetings and has been organising both.


Torres, R. (2020). Si amanece, nos vamos for solo guitar: Using multiphonics in a new way. Revista Vórtex, 8(3). http://vortex.unespar.edu.br/torres_v8_n3.pdf

Torres, R. (2020). “The presence of a mysterious black silhouette: From a print to a new form of usage of guitar multiphonics”. Leonardo Music Journal, 30, 73-78. https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/lmj_a_01083

Torres, R., & Ferreira-Lopes, P. (2018). “The sound world of guitar multiphonics”. In Doğantan-Dack, M., & Dack, J. (Eds.), Music and sonic art: Theories and practices, pp. 78-94. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. http://ritatorres.eu/05-MuSA-Chapter5-Torres-Lopes.pdf

Scholarship Reference: UIDB/00693/2020
Research Group:

Contemporary Music