Luís C. F. Henriques, musicologist
Luís Henriques was born in the small village of Fajãzinha (Flores Island, Azores), starting his musical studies at the age of eleven at the local wind band. He later studied clarinet at the Conservatório Regional de Angra do Heroísmo (Regional Conservatory of Angra do Heroísmo), Terceira Island, where he developed a musical activity both as clarinetist and chorister (tenor) at the local wind bands, orchestras and choirs, with concerts in the Azorean islands, Portuguese Continent and the U.S.A.
He holds a Degree in Musicology from Évora University, being awarded a Merit Prize as best student of the School of Arts of this university. He studied with João Pedro d’Alvarenga, Filipe Mesquita de Oliveira, Christopher Bochmann, Vanda de Sá and Benoît Gibson among others. He is also a researcher (collaborator) at UnIMeM – Music and Musicology Research Unity – based at the University. He also developed a musical activity as a singer at the University (being one of the founding members of Ensemble Vocal Manuel Mendes) and at Polyphonic Choir Eborae Musica, a choir specialized in polyphony from Évora Cathedral, directed by Pedro Teixeira. At Évora he participated in the International Workshops “Évora Cathedral Music School” with renowned conductors as Peter Philips (The Tallis Scholars), Paul Van Nevel (Huelgas Ensemble), Graham O’Reilly (Ensemble Européen William Byrd), Owen Rees, Armando Possante (Grupo Vocal Olisipo), Pedro Teixeira and Paulo Lourenço.
In 2011, he was awarded a scholarship for the cataloging of the musical archive at Angra do Heroísmo Cathedral. There he also developed a musical activity as director of polyphony and plainchant of the Choir of Angra Cathedral and founded the Ensemble of Angra Cathedral, a group dedicated to the performance of Portuguese polyphony. He directed these groups at the first edition of the Festival “Iberian Music 16th & 17th centuries”, and in later concerts.
He is at the moment attending the master’s degree in Ciências Musicais (musical sciences) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, studying with Adriana Latino, Rui Vieira Nery, Bernadette Nelson, among others and Manuel Pedro Ferreira as thesis advisor.
His research interests focuses on Medieval and Renaissance music, with special attention to sacred repertoires. He’s been working in Portuguese sixteenth- , seventh-, and early nineteenth-century sacred music and also music in the Azores from the settlement of the islands to the twentieth century. These works have been published in national and international journals and other periodicals.