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Hugo Queirós


Brian Ferneyhough
Time and Motion Study

The densely worked and complex textures prevailing throughout much of this composition are, in a large part, a direct reflection of its dual point of origin. The title is intended to suggest both a desire to integrate the concept of efficiency as applied to the relationship between the performer, notation and realisation more explicitly into the fabric of the material and its organisation than is perhaps customary.

Hugo Queirós is a Portuguese clarinetist whose eclectic path has been dedicated primarily to the bass clarinet, contemporary music and improvisation. After his initial clarinet studies with Nuno Pinto (Oporto – Portugal) and bass clarinet with Ernesto Molinari (Bern – Switzerland), Hugo took part in the International Ensemble Modern Academy 2015/16 (Frankfurt – Germany). During his studies in Bern he was a recipient of a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Among the competitions in which he has participated, he has been awarded the Eduard Tschumi Music Prize, 1st Prize in the 1st International Bass Clarinet Competition “Julián Menéndez” (Àvila – Spain 2012) and the 1st Prize in the Bass Clarinet Category at the 10th International Clarinet Competition “Città di Carlino” (Italy – 2012). He has also performed in festivals and academies such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Freiburg Ensemble Akademie, ManiFest – Paris (IRCAM), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Impuls Academy, Klangspuren Schwaz, Wittener Tag für Neue Kammermusik, European Clarinet Festival and ClarinetFest. Beside his solo performances,

Hugo has performed with ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble, Ensemble Proton, Collegium Novum Zürich, Vertigo Ensemble, Grupo Música Nova, and has worked with conductors and composers such as Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Matthias Pintscher, Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail, Pablo Heras-Casado, François-Xavier Roth, David Robertson, Johannes Kalitzke, Hans Tutschku, among others. Currently he is splitting his time between Portugal and Switzerland. In 2018 he released his solo album “Time and Motion” at Orland Records with solo compositions by Ferneyhough, Jarrell, Staud, Donatoni and Cendo. In his free time, Hugo likes to drive motorized vehicles, take photos and read Internet articles and reviews about products he can’t afford. 

Hugo Queirós is a D’Addario Woodwind artist.
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