updated 1 February 2021

Michelle Agnes Magalhaes

Brazilian composer born 20 October 1979 in Campo Grande.

Michelle Agnes Magalhaes first studied composition in 1994 with Hans-Joachim Koellreutter in Brazil. In 2002, she earned a Bachelor’s in composition from the University of Campinas, and in 2010 a PhD in musicology from the University of São Paulo. Also active as a pianist, she regularly performs as an improviser. Starting in 2012, she undertook further study of composition with Salvatore Sciarrino, Stefano Gervasoni, and Chaya Czernowin.

Her works have been performed by ensembles such as Abstraï, Percorso, Arsenale, Accroche Note, Promenade Sauvage, ECCE, Bahia Blanca Soloists, Quarteto Prometeo, Flame Ensemble, TaG Neue Musik, 20° dans le noir, Talea, Itinéraire, and Multilatérale. She has been commissioned by Radio France (Lorca Fragments), the Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra (After Spring), Venice Biennale (Crime(s)), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (Herbarium), SESC in Brazil (The grand Can(y)on), and the Siemens Foundation (Orange).

Since 2003, she has been awarded a number of grants and residencies, including from the Bourges International Institute of Electroacoustic Music, the Giorgio Cini Foundation (Venice), Harvard University Summer Composition Institute, the Walpurgis Muziektheater Company (Antwerp), the Camargo Foundation, Villa Sträulli (Switzerland), the French Institute in Morocco, and, in 2017-18, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Magalhaes’ music explores the boundaries between gestures and syntax, improvisation and composition. Since 2014, she has collaborated on several occasions with IRCAM, first for research on gestures in musical performance and the connection between composed and improvised music, and, more recently, with an artistic research residency, during which she examined the workings of the musical mind.

She currently lives and works in Paris.

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2018


Site personnel de la compositrice.

  • Solo (excluding voice)
  • Chamber music
  • Instrumental ensemble music
  • Concertant music
    • After Spring for six percussionists and orchestra (2016), 15 mn
  • Vocal music and instrument(s)
    • Minimal Songs for voice and piano (2012), 9 mn
    • Rio for tenor and four instruments (2013), 6 mn
    • Primavera for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2015), 7 mn
    • Nina de los peines for children's choir, flute, clarinet, viola, cello and harp (2017), 2 mn
  • A cappella vocal music
    • elec Ser Voz for four voices and electronics (2012), 12 mn
  • Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments

Liens Internet

(liens vérifiés en janvier 2021).