Bio

Henrique Portovedo has found its’ place in contemporary music by working with composers such as R. Barret, P. Ferreira Lopes, C. Barlow, C. Roads, P. Ablinger, P. Niblock, M. Edwards, I. Silva, S. Carvalho, L. Carvalho, R. Ribeiro, M. Azguime among many others.
Portovedo has premiered more than 40 works for saxophone dedicated to him. Was soloist with several orchestras and ensembles including L’Orchestre d’Harmonie de la Garde Republican, Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra, Orquestra de Sopros da Universidade de Aveiro, Sond’Art Electric Ensemble, Orquestra de Viento Marcos Redondo, Orquestra de Jovens de Santa Maria da Feira etc. Co-founder of QuadQuartet and Artistic Director of Aveiro SaxFest, he recorded for several labels including Naxos, Universal, PadRecords, R’RootsProductions etc.
Recent collaborations include, Fundação Orquestra Estúdio – European Capital of Culture, Symphony Orquestra of Casa da Musica, Camerata Nov’Arte, Fadomorse, Filarmonia da Beiras, Black Coyote etc. At the moment is member of the ArtClang Ensemble alongside Ricardo Ribeiro, Nuno Aroso, Filipe Quaresma and João Barradas.
As intermedia artist was the creator of SoundofShadows, Don’t Shoot at the Saxophone Player, SoundGrounds and Distorction. Was awarded with Prémio de Mérito da Fundação António Pascoal, Prémio de Mérito Artístico Fundação Eng. António de Almeida, 1st Prize of the International Youth Soloist Contest Purmerend. Received in 2007 and 2008 several Trinity Music Awards in London including The Montague Cleeve Scholarship, The Bratton Scholarship and Trinity College London Scholarship. In 2002 was awarded with Prémio Jovens Criadores by the Portuguese Institute of Arts and Ideas. In 2004 was awarded with the Prize of The National Centre of Culture, Portugal.
Has been artist in residency at ZKM, Karlsruhe, visiting researcher at Edinburgh University and Fulbright visiting researcher at MAT University of Califonia Santa Barbara. Henrique is founding member of the European Saxophone Comité, Tenor Sax Collective, President of the Portuguese Saxophone Association and was the artistic director of the European Saxophone Congress 2017. As researcher in the field of Augmented Performance at CITAR, Portuguese Catholic University, was awarded by FCT, Foundation for Science and Technology, and Fulbright.
Henrique gave concerts and masterclasses at some of the most prestigious festivals and conservatoires as Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Mallorca SaxFest and Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe and more.