About

Patricio da Silva


Career Highlights


In 2017, “Schlinkepuetz - eine Monsteroper”, a theater production for children with music  by Patricio da Silva “met the laughing-nerve of the audience with pinpoint precision. Great opera, of course“, said the German critic, Matthias Boll, Nürnberger Nachrichten.

In 2016, Patricio da Silva’s “Music for Violin and Harp”, a commission from the American Harp Society, was selected for the International Harp Conference in Hong Kong, with the Crimson Duo, following the premiered a year before in Atlanta.

Since 2011, Patricio da Silva’s Guitar Concerto has been featured several times on the syndicated radio show Classical Guitar Alive, and each time broadcast on over 250 classical music stations around the world.

In 2009, Patricio da Silva was honored to have his work “Three Pieces for Solo Piano” performed by celebrity pianist 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.

Festivals and concert halls where Patricio da Silva’s music has been performed include among others Tanglewood, Ravinia, The Ojai Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival in the USA, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Stadttheater Fürth, Ruhr Festival, Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, Stadttheater Wels, Fruchthalle in Kaiserlauten (Germany), London Festival of American Music (UK), LACMA (Los Angeles), Auditorio de Galicia (Spain), and Cistermúsica and Culturgest in Portugal.


Awards and Grants


Awards include the Second Biennial International Barto Prize, Gould Family Foundation Composers Award, Ojai Festival Music for Tomorrow, Foundation of Science and Technology, Fundação Luso-Americana, Betty Freeman Foundation, Merril Lynch, American Music Center, American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer.


Commissions and Residencies


Stadttheater Fürth, Ojai Music Festival, American Harp Society, Piano Spheres, Cistermusica Festival, David Gutkin, Joao Camilo dos Santos, Berkeley Symphony, Macdowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Otto Eckstein Foundation, Norton Stevens Foundation, Ford Schumann Foundation.


Performers


Performers of Patricio da Silva's 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, Jens Barnieck, Tzimon Barto, Ryu Cipris, Gloria Cheng, Joana Carneiro, Cesário Costa, William Eddins, Lorenz Gamma, David Gutkin, Paul Haas, Vimbayi Kaziboni, Michael Kudirka, David Loebel, Julia Oesch, Yevgeniy Milavskiy, Brian Pezzone, José Rodilla, Mark Robson, Tara Schwab, Ming Tsu, Laurent Wagner and Ian Whitcomb.


Education


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. Seminars with Helmuth Lachenmann, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Milton Babbitt. Doctoral research at UC Santa Cruz with David Cope and post-doctoral work in Algorithmic Composition, and Music with Artificial Intelligence at Ircam in Paris.