Portuguese conductor, composer, and clarinetist, Luís Carvalho is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Having performed numerous concerts and recitals around the World, often premieres his own pieces and others by leading Portuguese and foreign contemporary composers, some of which have been specifically dedicated to him.
Carvalho studied clarinet and composition in Porto (with Antonio Saiote and Fernando Lapa, respectively), where he was awarded the «Prize for the best student of the year» (1994), and orchestra conducting in Milan, S. Petersburg and Madrid, with Jorma Panula and Jesus López-Cóbos. He also studied contemporary music conducting with Arturo Tamayo, and attended workshops and lectures by renowned composers such as Luis de Pablo (Spain) and Magnus Lindberg (Finland). A prizewinner at several competitions, the following stand out: (2001) «Estoril Interpretation Competition»; (2009) «4th International Póvoa de Varzim Composition Competition» for his orchestral work Metamorphoses… hommage à M. C. Escher; (2012) nominated for the Authors Prize of the Portuguese Authors Society (SPA), for another orchestral work, Nise Lacrimosa; (2013) «Audiência» regional newspaper awards him the Prestige Trophy for his career devoted to music; (2017) «1st Francisco Martins Composition Competition» of the Orquestra Clássica do Centro for Mosaico. Carvalho also holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Aveiro (Portugal).
As a conductor, Carvalho appears with most of the Portuguese leading orchestras, namely the Portuguese Symphony, the Porto National, the Lisbon Metropolitan, the Algarve Orchestra, the Madeira Classical, the Center Classical (Coimbra), the Espinho Classical, the Beiras Philharmonic (Aveiro), the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, the Póvoa de Varzim Symphony, the Aveiro University Symphony, the ESART Symphony, the EPMVC Symphony, the Porto Conservatory of Music Symphony, the Portuguese Philharmonic, the ESML Wind Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphonic Band, and abroad appears with various groups from Russia, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Finland. He is the founder and artistic/music director of Camerata Nov’Arte (Porto), an ensemble which proposes alternative programming, including interdisciplinary projects with theatre. In 2013 it underwent a very well-received tour to Brazil (ES – Espírito Santo).
Carvalho’s musical partnerships include such renowned soloists as Pedro Burmester and João Bettencourt da Câmara (piano), José Pereira and Tamila Kharambura (violin), Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, Alexandre Delgado and Pedro Meireles (viola), Marco Pereira (cello), Radovan Vlatkovic and Paulo Guerreiro (horn), Alain Damiens, Justo Sanz, Josep Fuster and Arno Piters (clarinet), Pedro Carneiro (percussion), Henrique Portovedo (saxophone), Rui Lopes (bassoon), and Elsa Saque, Carlos Guilherme, Mário Alves, Raquel Camarinha, Dora Rodrigues, Sara Braga Simões, Maria Luís Freitas, Cristiana Oliveira and Ana Paula Russo (voice), having furthermore participated in the international festivals of Estoril, Alcobaça (Cistermúsica), Póvoa de Varzim, Espinho, Algarve, Paços de Brandão, Guimarães, Autumn Festival (Aveiro), CCB Music Days (Lisbon), RDP/Antena 2 Young Musicians Festival, and abroad at the Macao Festival, the Domingos Martins Winter Festival (Brazil), the ClarinetFest–Madrid (Espanha) and Musique en Guyenne (Monflanquin/França).
Carvalho’s repertoire is vast and eclectic, spanning from the baroque to contemporaneity, and includes several World premieres. On the scenic/operatic field, his experience includes the premiere of Portuguese operas Tale of the Foundation of the City of Coimbra, by Manuel de Faria (Coimbra-2004), and Repetition of the End of the World – Royal Opera (Porto-2019), this a collaborative opera between four composers from Porto (Telmo Marques, Eugénio Amorim, Carlos Azevedo e Dimitris Andrikopoulos). Furthermore, he led representations of La voix humaine (Poulenc), Il secreto de Susanna (Wolf-Ferrari), Pierrot Lunaire (Schoenberg) and Histoire du Soldat (Stravinsky).
A recognized composer, Carvalho’s works received performances in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Venezuela and Brazil. His catalogue, mainly published by AvA-editions (Portugal) and Molenaar (Holland), includes works for orchestra, band, chamber music, solos and many arrangements, orchestrations and revisions, most of which derive from commissions by various important institutions, groups and soloists. Within the scope of his doctoral research, Carvalho conceived a «reinvention of the draft for large ensemble» for Gustav Mahler’s last and unfinished Symphony No.10 in F# major, which he himself premiered, conducting Camerata Nov’Arte in June/2014.
A faculty teacher at the Aveiro University (Portugal), Carvalho is featured in nearly two dozen CD’s, either as a clarinetist, conductor or composer and in labels such as NUMÉRICA, CASA DA MÚSICA, AFINAUDIO PUBLIC-ART, and MOLENAAR.