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Biography

Patrício da Silva received formal musical training at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa where he studied piano and composition (B.M. in piano) followed by composition studies in the USA at CalArts (MFA), and the University of California (Ph.D). His composition teachers include António Pinho Vargas, Mel Powel, Stephen L. Mosko, Morton Subotnick, William Kraft, David Cope, Curtis Roads, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison and Sydney Hodkinson. Following his graduate studies, Mr. da Silva engaged in post-doctoral work in algorithmic composition at Ircam (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique) in Paris and during the following year in the U.K.

His awards include the Second Biennial International Barto Prize, the Gould Family Foundation Composers Award, Ojai Festival Music for Tomorrow, Foundation of Science and Technology, Fundação Luso-Americana, Betty Freeman Foundation, American Music Center, Composers Forum, and Meet the Composer. Mr. da Silva has received the Otto Eckstein fellowship at Tanglewood, Norton Stevens fellowship at MacDowell Colony, and the Susan and Ford Schumann fellowship at Aspen Music Festival and a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In 2009, Mr. da Silva was honored to have his work “Three Pieces for Solo Piano” performed by Tzimon Barto during the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, in a benefit concert with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach for the acquisition of the manuscript of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations by the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. In 2011, his guitar concerto was featured on over 250 classical music stations around the world. Other festivals and concert halls where Mr. da Silva’s compositions have been performed include Tanglewood, Ravinia, The Ojai Music Festival, Aspen, Ruhr Festival, Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, Stadttheater Wels, London Festival of American Music, LACMA, Auditorio de Galicia, Yamaha’s YASI in NY, SCRIME in Bordeaux, LASO, and Cistermúsica.

Performers of his works include The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (Composer in Residence 2008-10), California Ear-Unit, Lontano, Lyris Quartet, The Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The Moscow Piano Quartet, New Fromm Players, Orquestra do Algarve, Shakespeare & Co., What's Next? Ensemble, Stefan Asbury, Tzimon Barto, Ryu Cipris, Gloria Cheng, Joana Carneiro, Cesário Costa, William Eddins, Lorenz Gamma, David Gutkin, Paul Haas, Vimbayi Kaziboni, Michael Kudirka, David Loebel, Brian Pezzone, José Rodilla, Mark Robson, Tara Schwab, Ming Tsu, Laurent Wagner and Ian Whitcomb.

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