Going beyond jazz, in which improvisation is still bound by some predefined rules, completely improvised music came to be a form of art almost exclusively associated to keyboard players. António Victorino D’Almeida and Luiz Avellar found that there was a strong possibility of recreating that ancient tradition, in an experiment that has proven fascinating for all those who had the opportunity of accompanying them in their truly unique endeavour.
A conductor, pianist and composer, António Victorino D’Almeida needs no introduction. At the age of five, he composed his first musical piece, and at the age of seven, in his first audition, he played works by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as two compositions he wrote himself. He completes, with distinction, his higher studies in Piano at the National Conservatory, in Lisbon and then goes to Vienna, Austria, to study at the Music Academy, where he completes his post-graduate studies with the highest honours awarded by that school: a Unanimous Distinction from the Jury and, consequently, the Special Prize awarded by the Austrian Ministry of Culture. He stayed in Austria for two decades, having been appointed a Cultural Attaché at the Portuguese Embassy in Vienna, a position that awarded him a decoration from the Portuguese State.
His work is very extensive and covers a wide variety of musical genres, from solo music for piano and other instruments, to chamber music, symphonic and choral-symphonic music, “Lied” or opera, as well as a wide variety of compositions for film or stage theatre and fado, making him, undoubtedly, one of the most prolific Portuguese composers.
His music is published by AvA Musical Editions.
On 9 June 2005, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry.
António Vitorino d’Almeida