Luís Tinoco made his First Degree in composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He was then awarded with scholarships by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Centro Nacional de Cultura to complete a Masters degree in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, in London. Presently, he's doing a PhD Music research at the University of York, with Prof. Nicola LeFanu.
He wrote and presented A Century’s Score - a 20th / 21st century music program for the Antena 2 / RTP-Portuguese Radio and Television Broadcast - from 2000 to 2003 -, and he is the author of The Geography of Sound, for the same radio, since 2004. Also for the RTP he is in charge for the artistic direcion of the Young Musicians Prize, promoted by the Antena 2.
Since 1999, Tinoco has lectured Composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.
His work has been performed and recorded on CD by the Arditti Quartet (Et’cetera); Galliard Ensemble (Meridian and Deux-Elles); Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (ATMA Classique); John Wallace / Royal Scottish Academy Brass, (Deux-Elles); Apollo Saxophone Quartet, (Quartz); QuadQuartet (Quad); Vintage Quartet (Vintage) and by Pedro Carneiro (Deux-Elles and Et’cetera). A CD devoted to his chamber works performed by the Ensemble Lontano, conducted by Odaline de La Martinez (Lorelt Records), was launched in November 2005 at the Purcell Room / South Bank Centre, in London.
Tinoco’s chamber and / or orchestral music has been commissioned and / or programmed by orchestras such as the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Oporto National Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Algarve Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Turin Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
He has also written stage works such as "Evil Machines", a music theatre project with libretto and stage direction by the former Monty Python Terry Jones, with costumes designed by Vin Burnham and choreography by Paulo Ribeiro; and, more recently,
he wrote "Paint Me", a chamber opera with libretto by Stephen Plaice, music direction by Joana Carneiro and stage direction by Rui Horta (Culturgest, Lisbon - December 2010).
Future projects include the composition of new orchestral works commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra, NY, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música.
Tinoco's music is published by the University of York Music Press, in the UK.