Claudio Santoro

Claudio Santoro

Claudio Santoro

Claudio Santoro (23 November, 1919 – 27 March, 1989) was a Brazilian composer, conductor, violinist and teacher. Santoro studied composition with Hans Joachim Koellreutter, a student of Paul Hindemith. Through his studies with Koellreutter, he was introduced to serial compositional techniques, which, according to Santoro, were the most significant individual influence on the works he produced between 1939-1947. His impressions of a steel manufacturer (1943), an orchestral composition, won a competition sponsored by the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and his first string quartet won the Chamber Music Guild Award in Washington, DC. From 1950 to 1960, Santoro focused on national themes for his compositions. The period after 1960 represents a return to serialism and the beginning of electroacoustic writing. In 1962 Santoro became Director of Music Department at the University of Brasília, a position he held until 1964, when political changes in government resulted in resignations at the University. Following his departure from Brasilia, Santoro went to Germany, where he conducted research in Heidelberg on electronic music and experiments on random sketches combining painting and random sound. Santoro returned to Brazil in 1978 as a composition professor at the University of Brasília. He founded the National Theatre Symphony Orchestra and worked tirelessly to establish a national theatre centre. The final symphony of Santoro #14, first performed eight months after his death, is one of his best works.

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