Ricardo Matosinhos

Hornist, Composer, Educator

Early Education

Ricardo Matosinhos was born in 1982. He studied horn with professor Ivan Kučera at the Esproarte (1994-2000), Mirandela, Portugal and with professor Bohdan Šebestík at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts in Oporto, Portugal. Ricardo graduated from ESMAE in 2004, where he received the prize of Student of the School Year 2003/2004. The same year he was awarded the prize Eng. António de Almeida for his outstanding academic background.

Curiosity about the possibilities of the horn in jazz led him to take lessons with the saxophonist Mário Santos. This experience would play a major role in his style of composition.

Advanced Education

In 2012 Ricardo presented his master dissertation entitled “Annotated Bibliography of Horn Etudes published Between 1950-2011” at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa whose results can be found at: www.hornetudes.com. 
He presented his DMA thesis in 2021 “Definition and analysis of the idiomatic elements found on selected works composed by horn players” at the University of Évora.
In 1998 he won a scholarship by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, that he kept until his graduation.

Further Horn Studies

Ricardo won the second prize for French Horn, superior level, in 2007 in the competition “Prémio Jovens Músicos”, which took place in Portugal.
He attended several Masterclasses and Workshops with the horn players: Ab Koster, Arkady Shilkloper, Barry Tuckwell, Bedrich Tylšar, Bruno Schneider, David Jonson, Francis Orval, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Hermann Baumann, Ivan Kučera, Jan Schroeder, Javier Bonet, Jindřich Petráš, Jiří Havlík, Laurent Rossi, Michael Höltzel, Michele Stebelton, Paulo Guerreiro, Pip Eastop, Stefan Dohr, Thomas Müller, Vladimíra Klánská, Zdeněk Divoký among others.


Ricardo played as guest with orchestras such as: Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, Musicare Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra do Norte, Remix Orchestra, Remix Ensemble and Orquestra Nacional do Porto.


Ricardo Matosinhos has taught several masterclasses and workshops all over Portugal and also in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia and EUA.
Ricardo wrote several teaching materials for horn but also some works for other instruments.

Compositional Prizes

His music works were recognized with a First prize at the 3rd Composition Competition for Works for Flute of the Academia de Flauta de Verão, Portugal, a First Prize and an honourable mention in the AFLAUP Flute Choir Composition Contest, another honourable mention in the 2014 International Horn Society Composition Contest and again an honourable mention in the 2nd Children Choir Composition Contest organized by APEM.

In 2004 he created the trompista.com, a Portuguese horn related website.
Ricardo is currently teaching at the Academia de Música de Costa Cabral in Oporto.
He is a member of the International Horn Society, the Portuguese Society of Authors and the GDA.