Biographical Notes

Isabel Soveral (1961, Porto) is a Portuguese composer of contemporary music.


She graduated from the National Conservatory of Lisbon, where she studied with Jorge Peixinho and Joly Braga Santos.


In 1988 she joined the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she studied with Daria Semegen and Būlent Arel, having completed her Masters (1991) and PhD (1994) in Composition at that university.


She was a Fellow of  Fundação Gulbenkian, Fundação Luso-American and Fulbright Program.


She is part of an important group of Portuguese composers that appeared in the 80's of the last century.


Life and Work


Her music has been performed in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Hong Kong, Macao, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and the United States of America.


She has several works in cd by the publishers Portugalsom and Strauss, EMI Classics, New Music, Capella, Deux-Elles, Numérica, ISCM-WMD and IPCB.

As well as scores published by  Musicoteca, Fermata, Cecilia Honegger, IPCB and MIC.


She is Professor of Composition, Theory and Musical Analysis in the Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro since 1995.


She is a member of INET-MD as coordinator of the Theory and Technology of Music (CTTM) group.


She is the director of the CIME (Center for Research in Electroacoustic Music of UA) since 2014, having created the EAW (Electroacoustic Winds) platform.


She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Portuguese Music Research Center (CIMP). since 2008

Of her catalog we can highlight:

Quarteto (1984), Premièred in Contemporary Music Encounters Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
Fragmentos (1985), Premièred at the Festival - Contemporary Music Days of Vigo and International Festival of Contemporary Music FOCUS, New York.
Contornos (1987), awarded in the Contest "Exposisom" JMP and "The 1998 ISCM-ACL World Music Days", Hong Kong.
Un soir ... j'ai la Beauté assis sur mes genoux - Et je l'ai amère trouvée (1998) for chamber ensemble, commissioned by Culturgest, Premièred at the tribute concert to Bertolt Brecht entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins” .
Inscriptions sur une Peinture (1998) for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the National Theatre S. Carlos, Premièred by Klangforum group in November 1998 at the Festival “Wien Modern” Austria.
Heart III (2014), for guitar and bass flute.

Anamorphoses cycle - 1993-2017:

Anamorphoses III (1995), for violin and electronics, Premièred by José Machado in Contemporary Music Encounters of Lisbon, 1995; played by David Alberman Tage für Neue at the festival Musik, Zürich (1999);

Anamorphoses VII (2002) for chamber orchestra, commissioned by Casa da Música, Premièred at the Rivoli Theatre in December 2003 by the Remix Ensemble under the direction of Frank Ollu;

Anamorphoses VIII (2014), commissioned by DGArtes DuoContracello.

Anamorphoses IX, for cello and orchestra, commissioned by Casa da Música and Câmara de Matosinhos.

Cycle Memoires d'Automne - 1999-2003:

Memoires d'Automne  I, for marimba solo, Premièred at the concert / monographic interview in the cycle "Portuguese Composers", National Theatre S. Carlos, 2000.

Cycle Le Navigateur du Soleil Incandescent - 2005-2014:

première lettre (2005), viola and piano, commissioned by Póvoa do Varzim International Festival;
deuzième lettre (2006), counter-tenor, chorus and orchestra, commissioned FC Gulbenkian;
Paradeisoi (2007), orchestra, commissioned by FC Gulbenkian.
quatrième letree (2010), ensemble, commissioned by Miso Music

Shakespeare cycle - 2007-2014:

Since Brass nor stone ... (2007), soprano and electronics;
Kingdom of the Shore (2012), voice, video and electronics. commissioned by Festivais de Outono.
Keep Invention in a Noted Weed (2014), commissioned by GMCL, Premiered at Casa da Música by GMCL