Main building of the Superior School for Music and Performing Arts, in Porto.

Born in the city of Porto, Portugal, in April 1995, Miguel Resende Bastos started studying music at 4 years of age. He received Basic education in Piano and studied Flute for 8 years. When he was 16, he started learning Analysis and Composition Techniques from a young and prolific Portuguese composer called Daniel Moreira. It was in these classes that Miguel decided he wanted to become a composer. Three years later, he started his Bachelor studies in Composition at ESMAE|IPP (Superior School for Music and Performing Arts, in Porto) where he studied Composition with Dimitris Andrikopoulos. Here he also studied orchestration, conducting and electronic music with composers such as Daniel Moreira, Carlos Guedes, Carlos Azevedo, and Eugénio Amorim. He also had private lessons in conducting with conductor Artur Pinho Maria. During this period, he had the opportunity to meet and attend seminars, workshops and conferences, with composers such as Cândido Lima, Luca Francesconi, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann, Nicolas Bacri, and Vic Hoyland.

The entrance to the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.

As part of the ERASMUS+ program, Miguel studied for a year at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic, where he learned Composition from Ivo Medek. There he also studied Interactive Electronic Music with Jan Kavan, and Choral and Orchestral Conducting with Gabriel Rovňák. During this period, he met and had seminars with composers such as Frederic Rzewski, Martijn Padding, Kees Tazelaar, and Krzysztof Knittel.

He took part in the 2016-17 edition of the Tenso Young Composers Workshop, led by composers James Wood and Leo Samama. In 2017 his piece “À toa” won 1st prize at the 10th International Composition Competition of Póvoa de Varzim. In 2018 he studied Orchestral Conducting with Jean-Sébastien Béreau.

In 2019, Miguel obtained his Master’s Degree in composition from Codarts – University of the Arts in Rotterdam, where he studied with composers René Uijlenhoet and Robin de Raaff. While living in the Netherlands he also had the opportunity to study with and learn from composers such as Peter-Jan Wagemans, Klaas de Vries, George Benjamin and Trevor Wishart. This year also marked the premiere of his first opera at the festival New Beginnings, at the Maas Theater en Dans, in Rotterdam.

Finally in 2020, the jury composed by composers Adriana Pinto Correia and Januibe Tejera, and conductor Jan Wierzba awarded the Musa prize, promoted by mpmp – patrimonial movement for Portuguese music, to his piece Um Adeus aos Deuses.

Miguel has a special interest in cinema and sings at Coral de Letras da Universidade do Porto, a Portuguese choir led by Maestro José Luís Borges Coelho.