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Ricardo Ribeiro was born in 1971 in Aveiro. He had his music education (saxophone and voice) at the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory in the same city. In 1996 he obtained the Composition Degree in Composition at the Lisbon Superior School of Music where he was student of António Pinho Vargas and Christopher Bochmann. In 1998 he concluded the postgraduate studies in Composition (Corsi Internazionali Biennali de Alto Perfezionamento) with Franco Donatoni in Italy. Between 1998 and 2002 Ricardo Ribeiro lived in Paris where, under the direction of Emmanuel Nunes, he continued his work in composition and research. Since then, and after having studied with Franco Donatoni and Tristan Murail, Emmanuel became a determining influence in his creative path as composer. In parallel to the already referred education, he also attended different courses and composition seminars directed by composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury, Jonathan Harvey, Salvatore Sciarrino and Brian Ferneyhough, among others. In 2003 at the University of Nice Sofia Antipolis he received the Master’s Degree in Esthétique et Pratique des Arts, under the direction of Antione Bonnet and with the thesis Invention et développement mélodique dans l’oeuvre Einspielung I (1979) d’Emmanuel Nunes. Presently at the Rennes 2 University he is preparing with the same tutor his Doctoral thesis under the subject, Dimensions complémentaires constitutives du temps. In order to follow his academic path the composer received various scholarships, that is at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (from 1997 to 2001) and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (from 2002 to 2006). Ricardo Ribeiro’s works have been presented around the world, having been commissioned by different European institutions in France, Italy, Denmark and Portugal, among others. During seven years, between 2002 and 2009, Ricardo Ribeiro practically stopped composing, in order to find new ways of writing and approaching music. This also led him to the decision to withdraw many works from his catalogue. This period was a time of transition from the complexity and density towards simplicity and space, which nowadays define his music, in accordance with the motto: “to express the maximum with the minimum”. From the works composed before 2002, following the composer’s decision, many were withdrawn from the catalogue even though they had their public performances. Nowadays in composition Ricardo Ribeiro uses spectral techniques, giving a lot of attention to the search of new qualities in music. He uses elements such as repetitions and “articulation of the material”, in this sense becoming close to composers such as Beat Furer or Pierluigi Billone. In this new phase one should emphasize various chamber music pieces and for solo instruments with or without electronics, that is, Intensités for clarinet and live electronics, written still in 2001, revised in 2006 and rehabilitated in 2009, recorded by Nuno Pinto on the Miso Records CD, Portuguese Music for Clarinet and Electronics; Ostinati (2010) for cello and live electronics, recorded by Filipe Quaresma on the CD, Portuguese Music for Solo Cello; In Nuce (2011) for saxophone and live electronics; In Limine (2011) for five instruments and live electronics as well as Asper (2016) for five instruments, both works commissioned by the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble.