Portuguese Composer

Among Portuguese composers, Patricio da Silva is noted for his eclectic and personal musical style.
His works have been performed at the major European and American concert halls and contemporary classical music festivals, including, Tanglewood Music Festival (summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), the Ravinia Music Festival (summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, the Ojai Music Festival in California, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, in Germany.


International Barto Prize


Tzimon Barto, pianist ”[…] In a career that has spanned two decades and thirty countries, while I have programmed many contemporary pieces in solo recitals, I never known an audience to respond so enthusiastically to a “new-born” work, as I did this past summer while touring with Mr. da Silva’s “Three Movements for Solo Piano […]” by Tzimon Barto

In a career that has spanned two decades and thirty countries, while I have programmed many contemporary pieces in solo recitals, I never known an audience to respond so enthusiastically to a “new-born” work, as I did this past summer while touring with Mr. da Silva’s Three Movements for Solo Piano
Tzimon Barto, pianist

Winner of the International Tzimon Barto Piano Composition Prize, Patricio da Silva's compositions went on tour with American celebrity classical pianist, Tzimon Barto, receiving rave reviews from German and Austrian music critics. Pianist Tzimon Barto has described Patricio da Silva's classical piano music as:

”[…] In a career that has spanned two decades and thirty countries, while I have programmed many contemporary pieces in solo recitals, I never known an audience to respond so enthusiastically to a “new-born” work, as I did this past summer while touring with Mr. da Silva’s “Three Movements for Solo Piano […]” by Tzimon Barto

The premiere of his Clarinet Quintet at the London Festival of American in 2009, brought again the recognition of the European press, namely from the editor of Musical Opinion, England's oldest music publication. While the youngest ticket on the program, the Clarinet Quintet by Patricio da Silva, programmed against the Ivy-league establishment of Princeton, Harvard and MIT, had the critics and audience alike, welcoming and celebrating the differences between the music of Patricio da Silva and the East-Coast academics.
"Patricio da Silvas Clarinet Quintet was quite another matter: here is a genuine creative voice, his work being full of interest and beguiling invention" "The frequent pattern-like rhythmic interests were fascinating. The writing for clarinet was excellent, and the composer was present to acknowledge the prolonged applause.[...] Only Patricio da Silva's piece demonstrated the stylistic consistency of a composer who has something to say, certain of his own direction." in Musical Opinion 

"Patricio da Silvas Clarinet Quintet was quite another matter: here is a genuine creative voice, his work being full of interest and beguiling invention.
The frequent pattern-like rhythmic interests were fascinating.
The writing for clarinet was excellent,
and the composer was present to acknowledge the prolonged applause.
Only Patricio da Silva's piece
demonstrated the stylistic consistency
of a composer who has something to say,
certain of his own direction."

in 
Musical Opinion


Since 2010, his Guitar Concerto has been featured multiple times with the syndicated radio show "Classical Guitar Alive", with Tony Morris, totaling over a thousand broadcasts by over three hundred classical music radio stations, from the USA and Canada, Europe to The Philippines.

Education


As a young man, Patricio da Silva had two parallel music worlds. From age 7, he learned classical piano and introduced to Iberian, German, French, Italian, and Russian repertoires. In addition, from age 10 through his early teens, he also played the flute in a community band. While the conservatory provided structured knowledge, the exposure of making music in a community band, side by side with local farm workers and glass artisans, gave da Silva a privileged, first-hand understanding of the social functions of music, with a repertoire ranging from classics' highlights to Sousa Marches, from passodobles (also, pasodobles) for the traditional Portuguese Bullfights to Processional and Religious Music.


Members of Banda Filarmónica da Maiorga
Patrício da Silva (flute, lower-right)

His music studies first started in his hometown in Alcobaca, Portugal, at the age of 7. He first enrolled at a conservatory at the age of 13 in Figueira da Foz studying piano with Beatriz Cardozo, herself a former pupil of Vianna da Motta, one of Franz Liszt's last disciples, and a virtuoso of international reputation, composer, conductor, and pedagogue.

Meanwhile, with his fellow band members, he went on to perform as a member of this community band all over Portugal, many of the gigs included the typical religious processions of catholic cultures, parades and concerts in outdoor venues, traditional concert halls, and bullfight arenas on the national TV station RTP. The young da Silva also took part in the Band's first international tour to Monaco and the south of France and took part of 1st Centenary celebratory season.

Back at the conservatory, a piano audition at the end of his first year attracts the attention of Gilberta Paiva, a notable Portuguese music pedagogue. Two years later, at the age of 15, Patricio da Silva becomes her full-time student and assistant for the next three years, until college age. He describes her as:
 "An astonishing intelligence, fearless visionary, resolute administrator, teacher of genius, able to spot and steer talent like no other. The ammount of jobs and careers she personally created and enabled through music is like no other case I've ever heard of, anywhere. Literally, thousands of people in Portugal, even today, got their education and their careers thanks to her. It was this woman's vision and work that changed the course of music education in Portugal, founding, organizing, and running private and semi-private conservatories and music academies all across the country. And it didn't matter where she was working, for each new school she replicated success stories. She was the living example of the power of the individual, how intelligent entrepeneurship puts to shame the bloated efforts of socialized, federalized, subsidized, state-sponsored arts bullshit. If she wanted something done, she would not stop until she had it as she wanted it, no waiting, no permission asking. When she spoke, everybody heard it. A tough cookie, she accumulated quite a set of admirers, as well as a decent collection of unfriendly relations in high-places. Once one would become a close student, she would give you a line-up of warnings: because you are my student, here are the doors that won't be friendly and she would go on telling, story by story, what had happened. I got to learn the history of XXth century Portuguese classical music delivered through daily narratives of different characters, institutional intrigue, political influence, personal vendettas, and family clans, all on a first-person basis. A lesson with her was always the entire afternoon. In my last year with her, she'd already retired from all administration and official duties. I lived at her home, I would attend to school affairs at the conservatory in the morning, and then a lesson everyday starting after lunch til she would pronnounce my brain dead for the day. Repertoire choices and exercises were prescribed with the riggor of medicine for ignorance. She had had the mechanics of her Bechstein piano rigged, and made heavier to muscle up the fingers, build endurance and push you to work smarter, not harder with the mechanics the piano. Performing classical music was for her, first and foremost, an art of communication, and she wanted you to play the instrument like an actor is aware of diction. "If I'm seating in the last row of chairs in the concert hall, I still need to hear cristal-clear every single note of what you're playing", she used to say.  Her biggest investments in life were human investments. Throughout her career she mentored, sponsored, and groomed the education of many individuals through music. Her students successes were her own successes. The only return on investment she asked for was for people to improve, do well, and get to work.

With Gilberta Paiva, at the age of 17 Patricio da Silva won first prize in the National Piano Competition Maria Campina, graduated from high-school at the National Conservatory School of Music in Lisbon and was admitted to the Lisbon College of Music that same year in the class of Jorge Moyano at the Lisbon College of Music, ranking 2nd place in piano, and 1st place in both Music Analysis and Composition. He graduated in 1994 in piano performance officially enrolling that same year in composition courses with Antonio Pinho Vargas.


Piano Recital by Patrício da Silva, Santarém, 1988
Patrício da Silva, piano recital, Santarém, 1988

20 Years in America


Patricio da Silva immigrated to the USA in January of 2006. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with the founding fathers of the school: Mel Powell, Morton Subotnick, and Stephen Lucky Mosko. He attended the Darmstadt Music Courses in 1998, and in 2002 the Stockhausen courses, both in Germany. In 2003, he is awarded the doctoral degree in composition by the University of California, studying composition with William Kraft and electronic music with Curtis Roads at UC Santa Barbara, and concurrently, algorithmic composition with David Cope at UC Santa Cruz. He credits both Lucky Mosko and David Cope as "the best composition teachers one could ask for".

In 2003, da Silva moved back to Europe to proceed his work on algorithmic composition and music with Artificial Intelligence, first with a post-doc at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), in Paris, France, and a year later, on the Devon coast in the UK, with the support of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, returning to California in 2005.

Awards and Honors


Patricio da Silva's awards include the International Barto Prize, Music for Tomorrow Prize, composer in residence with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for two consecutive seasons, orchestral music selected by the American Composers Forum for new American orchestral music repertoire. Commissions and investments in new works and support for live concerts and recordings include, among others, Merryl Lynch, the Ojai Music Festival, American Harp Society, Gould Foundation, Betty Freeman Foundation, Otto Eckstein Foundation, Ford Schumann Foundation, Norton Stevens Foundation. Patricio da Silva multimedia work includes projects for Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Apple, Golden Era Productions, SCI Studios.

Gilberta Paiva: A Pedagoga Mais Influente Na Música Portuguesa do Sec. XX

Gilberta Custódia da Costa Gouveia Xavier de Paiva, Natural de Elvas,  terminou o curso superior de Piano ­ na classe do professor Marcus Garin ­ com classificação máxima.  Foi solista em dois concertos com a Orquestra da Emissora Nacional, dirigidos por Pedro de Freitas Branco, executando o primeiro Concerto para Piano de Tchaikovsky num concerto transmitido pela Emissora Nacional.

Gilberta Paiva, notable Portuguese pianist teacher pedagogue
Prof. Gilberta Paiva, arguably the single most notable Portuguese music pedagogue in the XXth Century,
whose work and vision as piano teacher, and later founder and director of many music schools and conservatories across the country had a tremendous impact on the lives of today's most prominent Portuguese classical musicians (Emissora Nacional, Portuguese National Radio).


Casa aos 22 anos, deixa Lisboa, e passa a residir em Santa Maria da Feira com o marido, um jovem veterinário recém colocado na província. Frustrada com a vida burguesa de dona de casa a que se via resumida, transformou a sala de jantar em saula de aula e dava aulas de música aos mais novos da comunidade, e ensinava os pais dos miúdos, na maioria, agricultores analfabetos, a ler e escrever. 

Em 1955 fundou a Academia de Música de Santa Maria, "a primeira escola de ensino oficial fora dos grandes centros como Lisboa, Porto e Coimbra", e da qual foi diretora até 1964 ­ disse nesta quinta­feira a sua neta, Ana Carvalho, à agência Lusa.

Em 1960, fundou o Conservatório Regional de Aveiro, que dirigiu por um ano. Em 1964, funda a Academia de Música de Santa Cecília, em Lisboa, "a primeira escola de ensino integrado em Portugal, da qual foi diretora durante cinco anos". Em 1972, ingressou, como professora de piano, no Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa, do qual se aposentou em 1985. Entre os seus alunos deste período destacam-se os pianistas António Rosado, Eurico Rosado e Mafalda Pernão (mais tarde, ela própria directora do Conservatório Nacional de Música de Lisboa).

De 1986 a 1989 dirigiu e reorganizou o Conservatório de Santarém, onde aos 16 anos se destaca o seu aluno, o compositor Patricio da Silva, vencendo o concurso nacional de piano Maria Campina em 1988. Já no ano de 1996, a Câmara de Santa Maria da Feira distinguiu­-a com a Medalha de Mérito Municipal. Em 2000, a autarquia feirense colaborou com a Academia de Música, numa homenagem que lhe foi prestada, e incluiu o seu nome na toponímia local.

Em outubro de 2005, recebeu o grau de comendador da Ordem de Instrução Pública, do Presidente da República da altura, Jorge Sampaio.

Gilberta Paiva morreu aos 97 anos, em 2013. "Por seu desejo, encontra­-se sepultada no cemitério de Leça da Palmeira, no jazigo da família Sá Carvalho", finalizou ainda a neta.

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Photo with Los Angeles Composers at the Hear Now Festival 2011, Venice Beach, CA
Photo with Los Angeles Composers at the Hear Now Festival 2011, Venice Beach, CA

Concert Flyer for the Hear Now Festival 2011 with Los Angeles composers, Venice Beach, CA
Concert Flyer for the Hear Now Festival 2011 with Los Angeles composers, Venice Beach, CA

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