Welcome to Nuno AROSO's class

A percussionist dedicated to contemporary music, Nuno Aroso was born in Porto in 1978.


Recognized as one of the most creative and active percussionists of his generation,  Nuno Aroso solo activity has taken on a fundamental role in his artistic life. Strongly focused on the research of new techniques, renewed instrumental resources and scenic aspects inherent to percussion performance, Nuño Aroso has actively collaborated with numerous artists and composers from the most varied aesthetic fields and parts of the world, resulting in the growth of personal, idiosyncratic repertoire and contributing simultaneously to the development of the percussion literature.


More then 100 world premieres were held by Nuno Aroso, who first recorded a great deal of this repertoire. Peter Klatzow, Peter Ablinger, Oscar Bianchi, João Pedro Oliveira,  Amanda Cole, Kumiko Omura, Luís Antunes Pena, Matthew Burnter, Martin Bauer, are some of the many composers who wrote for Nuño.

He performs, teaches, and is jury member alongside the most prominent artists, conductors, and composers of our days, in Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Brazil, China, Thailand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Sweden, Greece, England.


Particularly motivated by the enrichment and renewal of the concept of the concert as an whole experience, Nuno Aroso frequently forms artistic relationships with other disciplines: Dance, Cinema, Theatre, Literature. The commitment with chamber work, improvisation, and experimentalism leads Nuño to collaborate with many different ensembles and personalities all over the world.  At the moment he is part of the german based project Ruido Vermelho trio (Luís Antunes Pena - Elect, Francesco Dillon-Cello).


Having completed the percussion course at the Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho, Nuno Aroso pursued his studies at the Escola Superior de Música do Porto and at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg, obtaining a Soloist Diploma in Marimba and Vibraphone. In Paris, with Jean Pierre Drouet, he approached the repertoire of the contemporary musical theatre for percussion. In 2001, he was awarded with the Academic Merit Prize of the António de Almeida Foundation and in 2008 he was given a Creators Prize by The National Centre for Culture for the project Technicolor, a solo project and a cd in collaboration with a group of relevant  composers, about the universe of cinema.


The projects for the coming season include the release of two solo cd recordings, as well as numerous world premieres and appearances on important national and international stages.


Nuno Aroso heads the Percussion Department at Minho University in Portugal.


Nuno Aroso is an Adams artist, and plays his signature series by Elite Mallets.






The Percussion Master Class is one of the master classes within the World Percussion Movement "Summer Academy" 2014, which combines individual and group lectures. The programme of the master class can be partly chosen by participants, soloist repertoire and also music for ensembles or orchestral excerpts, which are part of each audition. There is a huge emphasis on the technique, sound and interpretation. Participants and professor discuss various traditions and styles of playing marimba and set-up.

ITALY LOCATION: Palazzo Marchesale - P.zza Garibaldi - 70029 Santeramo in Colle (BA, Italia)


Date: 22th – 23th July / maximum 14 active participants


PRACTICE: daily from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm




PORTUGAL LOCATION: Academia Musica Espinho - Rua 34, nº 884 - 4500-318 Espinho, Portugal


Date: 27th July – 03th August / maximum 14 active participants



PRACTICE: daily from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm



Email: academia@musica-esp.ptdpame@musica-esp.pt


Tel.: (+351) 227 341 145 / 227 340 469

Tlm.: (+351) 919 851 217

Fax: (+351) 22 731 19 32

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