Gonçalo Gato (1979, Lisbon, Portugal). Master in Composition at the Universidade de Évora (2010. Supervisors: Christopher Bochmann and Carlos Caires). He is now studying for a doctoral degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, UK) under the supervision of Prof. Julian Anderson. He is recipient of a scholarship from Guildhall and a doctoral grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal).
Initially, he studied composition with Eurico Carrapatoso. At the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa he continued his studies with Luís Tinoco, Carlos Caires, João Madureira and Sérgio Azevedo, and graduated in 2008. Gato also holds a degree in Chemistry, which he undertook before devoting himself entirely to music.
He has been teaching music at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH) at the New University of Lisbon, the Academia de Amadores de Música of Lisbon, and the Escola Profissional de Imagem (EPI-ETIC).
Recent pieces include Vacuum Instability (2013), performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra soloists and Guildhall School of Music and Drama alumni at BBC Maida Vale studios, Dégradé (2012), performed by the Chroma Ensemble at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s music hall, and Shapes (2011), performed by the Ligeti quartet at The Forge, Camden, London.