(Franco), (Maria) Clotilde (Belo de Carvalho) born in Queluz, at
11th May of 1930.
I have started my Piano studies at age of ten having finished Superior Course by the age of nineteen, in the class of Ivone Santos. I have also started my Harp studies at the age of twelve, which I have finished at eighteen, in the class of Cecília Borba at the "Conservatório Nacional" in Lisbon.
Having decided to dedicate myself to this instrument I held several scholarships; "Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian" and the Dutch Government. I studied with Phia Berghout in Amsterdam, Jacqueline Borot in Paris and Dr. Hans Zingel in Koln.
I was harp soloist in "Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto" and the "Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional" in Lisbon having also regularly collaborated with "Orquestra Gulbenkian" and "Orquestra do Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos".
Meanwhile by 1970 GMCL (Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa) was formed. I was one of the founders together with the composer Jorge Peixinho and other musicians. This group performed in Portugal, Europe and Brazil, participating in the most important Contemporary Music Festivals.
As I was present at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for three years and the vast experience as an instrumentalist as well the colaboration in a collective work developed by Jorge Peixinho in the GMCL arose me the interest of the composition, result of stimulus and assimilated experiences.
In 1976 my work "Encontro" for flute and string quartet was noted in the "Tribune Internationale de Compositeurs" in Paris. I won the first National Contest of Composition of the "Oficina Musical do Porto" with my work "Variantes" for flute solo, "Alternâncias" for flute and Piano represented Portugal in ISMC Festival in Athens - 1979.
Simultaneously to the Harp teaching in "Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional" at Lisbon I mainly dedicated myself to the Composition having more than seventy works composed and performed for solo, Chamber Music, Symphonic Orchestra, an Opera and a Cantata.
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