Director of Choral Studies at the Lisbon’s Superior School of Music, Portugal
Born in Lisbon in 1969, Dr. Paulo Lourenço is one of the leading choral conductors in his country. He is the Head of the Choral Music Department at the Lisbon’s Superior School of Music where he conducts the Chamber Choir, teaches choral literature, conducting and vocal technique. Dr. Lourenço was the youngest Conductor of the Portuguese Youth Choir/Jeunesse Musicale (1990-1995) and the artistic director of the Ricercare Choir (1995-2002) and Regina Coeli Choir (2007-2009).
More recently, he sat on the panel of adjudicators for the 1st and 2nd Winter Choral Festival held in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
In 1994, he founded the acclaimed Portuguese "a cappella" group TETVOCAL (11 CD's recorded including EMI, RCA/Victor, BMG and others) from which he was awarded with several prizes including Radio and TV. A CCM alumni in Choral Conducting, Dr. Lourenço has been a guest conductor and clinician in several European countries and in the USA. He dedicates a substantial part of his work in performing contemporary music including more than 80 premieres of Portuguese composers in the last 15 years and the Portuguese premiere of Arvo Pärt's Passio with the Hilliard Ensemble (Lisbon 1998).
Dr. Lourenço’s future engagments include concert tours in Israel conducting the Israeli New Vocal Ensemble and guest choirmaster at the Gulbenkian Choir prepraring Honneger’s “Jeanne d’Arc” to be conducted by Simone Young.
Dr. Lourenço was awarded the 1st Prize at "Certamen Internacional de Villancicos de Navidad" Madrid-Spain 1999 2nd Prize at "Certamen Internacional de Corales Polifónicas Ciudad de Sevilla" Spain 1998 both with the Ricercare Choir. He is also the President of the Vocalizze-Music Association and founder and Artistic Director of Vocalizze Festival and International Guitar Festival of Lisbon.