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Carlos Marques

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Carlos Marques


Carlos Martins Marques (b. 1973, Aveiro, Portugal) is a Portuguese composer, techer, conductor and trumpeter.

A native of Venezuela, Carlos Martins Marques began his music studies in the military band of Fermentelos. He studied clarinet and cello at the Aveiro Conservatory of Music, and earned a certificate in clarinet at the Univeraity of Aveiro. He later earned a Master’s degree in psychology, specializing in the psychology of music.

At the age of 10 he began studying the trumpet at the Conservatório de Aveiro. After that, he studied composition, musical theory and history at the Army Music School. At the Portuguese Army Big Band, where he was a trumpet player for nine years, he developed his skill to arrange and compose. He studied conducting with Robert Houlihan, Vasco Pearce de Azevedo, António Vassalo Lourenço and Alex Schillings. After finishing his graduation in musical theory at the Universidade de Aveiro, he now is teaching musical theory and ear training and conducting the orchestra at Conservatório da Jobra.

As a composer he wrote around 100 works for concert band and chamber music. Some of his works have been chosen as compulsory works in various competitions in Europe. The composition The Transit of Venus was included by the Western International Band Clinic (USA) in the top 100 of the 2008 magazine Bandworld. He is frequently invited to write for some of the most famous musicians in Portugal (Sérgio Carolino, Adélio Carneiro, etc.), and he is also a sought-after guest conductor, in and out of Portugal.

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