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Since 1999, Tinoco has lectured in Composition at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he also held the post of Vice Principal from 2011 to 2015. He was Associate Artist at the Casa da Música for the 2017 season and he has also been Composer in Residence at the San Carlos Theatre National Opera House since the 2016/2017 season.
As part of this residence, he has been involved in the witting of new works in collaboration with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and, also, in the coordination of a program with young associated composers. This scheme includes a series of workshops for young composers, offering them the opportunity to write for orchestra, dance and stage / vocal works.
Tinoco's music has been performed and recorded on CD by the Arditti Quartet (Et’cetera); Gaillard 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).
Monographic recordings include a CD devoted to his chamber works performed by the Ensemble Lontano, conducted by Odaline de La Martinez (Lorelt Records), released in November 2005 at the Purcell Room / South Bank Centre, in London. Another CD on Naxos, with orchestral and vocal works recorded by the Orquestra Gulbenkian, Yeree Suh (soprano), Ana Quintans (soprano), Raquel Camarinha (soprano), and conducted by David Alan Miller. A new orchestral CD was recently launched on Odradek records, featuring four works recorded by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and the Casa da Música Porto Symphony, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, Pedro Neves, Ludovic Morlot and Martin André respectively.
Tinoco's music has been commissioned and/or programmed by orchestras such as the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Turin Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, OSESP / São Paulo Symphony and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, among others.
His stage works include Evil Machines, a music theatre project with libretto and stage direction by the former Monty Python Terry Jones; Paint Me, a chamber opera with libretto by Stephen Plaice and stage direction by Rui Horta; and the ballet Lidia for the Companhia Nacional de Bailado, with choreography by Paulo Ribeiro.
In 2016 Luís Tinoco was appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).