Rui Penha

updated 1.5.2014 by rrs




Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha was born in Porto, in 1981. He received his first musical education at an early age and graduated in music composition in 2006. He studied under João Pedro Oliveira, Sara Carvalho, Emmanuel Nunes, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann and Louis Andriessen, among many others.

His music has been played in several venues and festivals around Europe, by excellent musicians such as Nuno Aroso, Pedro Carneiro, Arditti Quartet, Remix Ensemble's soloists or the Orquestra Gulbenkian.

Rui has a deep interest on music technology, both in software programming and the development of new interfaces for musical expression. He was a founder and curator of Digitópia, a cooperation between a collaboration between Casa da Música, INESC Porto, ESMAE and UCP. He teaches in several portuguese universities and he is currently finishing his PhD in Composition. "[1]

1. "Biography,", accessed January 5, 2014,

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