João Pedro Oliveira (1959) studied organ performance, composition and architecture in Lisbon. He completed a PhD in Music at the University of New York at Stony Brook. His music includes one chamber opera, several orchestral compositions, a Requiem, 3 string quartets, chamber music, solo instrumental music, electroacoustic music and experimental video. He has received over 50 international prizes and awards for his works, including three Prizes at Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, the prestigious Magisterium Prize in the same competition, the Giga-Hertz Special Award, etc.. He is the Corwin Endowed Chair of Composition at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He published several articles in journals, and has written a book about analysis and 20th century music theory.