MUSIC CURRENT 2024: João Pedro Oliveira Electronic Composition Workshop

3 April 2024 15:00

Contemporary Music Centre

Photo by Debra Herrick

Multi award-winning Portuguese composer João Pedro Oliveira delivers a workshop in electronic composition as part of Music Current 2024.

In this workshop participants will analyse different models of composition and interaction between instruments and electronics. The concept of musical gesture will be used as the link between the instruments and the electronic sounds. Examples will be taken from several works of the composer.

This workshop is suitable for musicians, composers and concert-goers, or anyone with an interest in electronic music and how it is composed, or how technology can be integrated into composition and performance.

My work will not break with the past or confront it... It only tries to communicate something very personal that may not even be communicable. It is my interior energy that compels me to write music. And even being aware of all my imperfections and hesitations as a human being, I try to create something that may have a little glimpse of beauty.

João Pedro Oliveira

Composer João Pedro Oliveira holds the Corwin Endowed Chair in Composition for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He studied organ performance, composition and architecture in Lisbon. He completed a PhD in Music at the University of New York at Stony Brook. His music includes opera, orchestral compositions, chamber music, electroacoustic music and experimental video.

He has received over 70 international prizes and awards for his works, including three Prizes at Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, the prestigious Magisterium Prize and Giga-Hertz Special Award, 1st Prize in Metamorphoses competition, 1st Prize in Yamaha-Visiones Sonoras Competition, 1st Prize in Musica Nova competition. He taught at Aveiro University (Portugal) and Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). His publications include several articles in journals and a book on 20th century music theory.


Workshops are 2 hours. €5 admission. Booking available via Eventbrite here.

Music Current workshops are supported by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. Composer participants resident on the island of Ireland, travelling from outside Dublin, may apply to CMC for a bursary to cover the cost of travel, subsistence and workshop entry fee (up to a maximum amount of €80) by contacting festival staff when attending workshop events, or by contacting


Contemporary Music Centre

19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar
Dublin 8

Venue Contact Info

01 6731922