Eurico Carrapatoso - ZêzereArts Festival Composer in Residence 2017

Eurico Carrapatoso - ZêzereArts Festival Composer in Residence 2017It was a great honour to have the distinguished Portuguese composer, Eurico Carrapatoso, as the first Composer in Residence for the 2017 ZêzereArts Festival. The presence of a Composer in Residence will play an important part in our determination to promote and disseminate the work of living composers.

Apart from the opportunity to perform his music - namely the Pequeno poemário de Pessoa and Três Peças Sacrasmembers of the 2017 ZêzereArts Chamber Choir also participated in a workshop with the composer.

The composer in residence was also involved in the repertoire selection for the Festival. Thus, Carrapatoso chose for his works to be performed alongside Arnold Schönberg's Schein uns, du liebe Sonne, which he describes as an exciting manifestation of Schönberg's love for the eternal music of his predecessors. The composer also selected Herbert Howell's Requiem, "a precious and influential work".

Eurico Carrapatoso

The award-winning Portuguese composer Eurico Carrapatoso studied composition under Fernando Lapa, Cândido Lima, Constança Capdeville and Jorge Peixinho. He also holds a degree in History from the University of Porto.

Eurico Carrapatoso is frequently commissioned to write for various instrumental and vocal groupings, including works written for the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Casa da Musica in Porto and the Orquestra Nacional do Porto.

A teacher of composition at Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon, Portugal, his works have been performed worldwide. He has thrice represented Portugal at the International Rostrum for Composers. He was awarded the Cantonigròs Prize (Barcelona), the Lopes-Graça Prize (Tomar) and the Francisco de Lacerda Prize, and in 2004 was decorated by the Portuguese president with the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator.