(b. May 1959, Lisbon).
Portuguese composer of mostly chamber, choral and vocal works that have been performed in Europe; he is also active as a conductor and musicologist.
Mr. Ferreira studied at Princeton University, where he earned his MFA and PhD with a thesis on Gregorian chant at Cluny.
As a conductor, he founded the chorus Vozes Alfonsinas in Lisbon in 1995 and has served as its conductor since 1995, with which he has recorded three CDs of music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
As a musicologist, he has written extensively on music from the Middle Ages, including the books The Sound of Martín Codax (1986), Cancioneiro da Biblioteca Publia Hortensia de Elvas (1989), Porto 714: Um Manuscrito precioso (2001), and Cantus coronatus (2005, Edition Reichenberger). He also edited and contributed to the book Dez Compositores portugueses (2007, Publicações Dom Quixote), about 20th-century music from Portugal.
Mr. Ferreira is also active in other positions. He has worked as a music critic, music journalist and organiser since 1978.
He has taught as an associate professor at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Duettino, flute/oboe/clarinet/violin, clarinet/viola, 1988
Saudade: In memoriam Duarte Lino Pimentel, recorder/flute/oboe, 1999
Prelúdio de Outono, recorder, 1999
String Song, violin, viola, cello, 2000–01
De profundis, 2 male choruses, 1994, revised 2002–
Canção Profana de Natal, mixed chorus, 1995–96
Três Cânticos Baptismais, mixed chorus, 1991–97
The Mother of God, 4 mixed voices, 1998
Dois Hinos a Madre Teresa de Saldanha, female chorus, 1999
Faz de conta, children's chorus, 2000
Delirium, 6 mixed voices, 2000–01
Mini-Magnificat, soprano, alto, 2005
3x2 Sonetos, 2 sopranos, 1998–
Trois Chansons de Rilke, soprano, piano, 1989
Blues, mezzo-soprano, piano, 1994–95, revised 2002–
Plum, mezzo-soprano, piano, 1997–98, revised 2002–
Three Poems from 'A Woman Young and Old', soprano, piano, 1998–99, revised 2002–
Canto de sereia (vocalise), alto, flute, oboe/clarinet, harp, violin, viola, cello, 2006
An Irish Airman, tenor, piano, 1998–
Timor Llorosa, 1999
Le Gymnaste (cycle for beginners), piano, 2000–05
Trois Chansons de Rilke. Ana Ferraz, soprano; Gabriela Canavilhas, piano (MoviePlay: 3-11050, 1997)