luís antunes pena, composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music, was born in 1973 in Lisbon/Portugal and is living currently in Cologne/Germany. He studied in Portugal at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with António Pinho Vargas and in Germany with Nicolaus A. Huber, Günter Steinke and Dirk Reith at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen and at ICEM (Institut für Computermusik und Medien). He became further important impulses from Emmanuel Nunes in Lisbon during the Gulbenkian courses and from Gérard Grisey at IRCAM.
His compositions result from the intensive work on computer generated structures based on the development of his own computer tools, reflecting his interest in new forms of sound and specially of rhythm.
His music has been played all over Europe and USA. He won composition prizes at the Eastman Computer Music Center 25th Anniversary International Electroacoustic Music Competition (Rochester/USA) at the 11th Summer Seminar from Vienna, at the contests Óscar da Silva and Lopes Graça (Portugal), and his music has been distinguished and selected several festivals such asthe ISCM Festivals in Miami, the World Music Days Stuttgart, the 32e Concours International de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, the International Computer Music Conference, the Festival Internazionale di Musica Elettroacustica del Conservatorio Santa Cecilia di Roma, or the Mantis Festival of the University of Manchester.
He was granted the scholarship of the Foundation for Science and Technology from the Portuguese Ministry for Science and Education, the MozArt 250 scholarship from the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, the ZKM | Karlsruhe, and from the Experimentalstudio Freiburg. He worked at the studios of the ZKM and at the Visby Composers Centre (Sweden).
He has had commissions from different institutions such as the Philharmonie Essen, DeutschlandRadio, Deutscher Musikrat, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Jeneusses Musicales Deutschland, the ZKM | Karlsruhe, the Caloust Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), and the Christoph Delz Stiftung (Basel).
He worked at the Hochschule für Musik Karslruhe teaching Computer Music and Analysis. 2010 he is Composer in Residence at the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne and at the Villa Concordia Bamberg. He was recently appointed to teach Sound Interaction at the Musikhochschule Trossingen.
_check the sumtone website for scores and music
_DEC 2011: looking forward to the new recordings of "...winterlich ruhende Erde..." and a "new piece" for thirty different cymbals with electronics with Francesco Dillon and Nuno Aroso at ZKM | Karlsruhe
_you can find more infos at the old website here.