Portuguese composer Eurico Carrapatoso (b. 1962) graduated from Universidade in Porto with a degree in History in 1985. That same year, he began his musical studies with Borges Coelho and Fernando Lapa. In 1998 he began his compositional studies with Constança Capdeville.
His final studies were with Jorge Peixinho from 1991–1993 at the Conservatório Nacional, where he graduated with highest honors. Carrapatoso has taught composition at the Escola Superior de Música and Academia de Orquestra (Lisbon). Since 1989 he has taught analysis and techniques of composition at the Consevatório Nacional in Lisbon. His works have been
performed by most major ensembles and orchestras in Portugal, Europe, Brazil, and the United States. He has won several awards, including the Lopes-Gaça Prize (1998), the Francisco Lacerda Prize (1999); in addition, his works have represented Portugal three times at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (Paris, 1998, 1999, 2006). In May 2001 he won the Identidade Nacional Prize and in June 2004 he was decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic with the Commendation of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique, one of the highest honors for a Portuguese citizen.