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Dr Pedro Faria Gomes

Dr Pedro Faria Gomes

Lecturer in Composition and Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies (MA in Music)

School of Music

+44 (0)29 2087 0241
0.02, Music Building, 31 Corbett Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EB
Available for postgraduate supervision


Born in Lisbon, I have taught at various music universities and conservatoires in Portugal, Hong Kong and the UK since 1999. Over this period my work as a composer has been regularly commissioned, performed, recorded and broadcast, particularly in these three countries but also in America and all over Europe. Recordings of my music are available on Naxos, Centaur Records, Casa da Música, Numérica, GDA and Compasso. Recognition for my work has included the PRS Sir Arthur Bliss Memorial Award (UK), the Lopes-Graça Prize and the SPA Prémio Autores 2020 (Portugal). I have been based in the UK since 2007 and I hold master's and doctoral degrees from the Royal College of Music.

More details are available on my personal website.


Honours and awards

  • Fundo Cultural Grant, Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (2021)
  • Prémio Autores (Classical Music), Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (2020)
  • Grant, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust (2020)
  • European Network of Opera Academies Grant, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (2015)
  • UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, representing Portugal (2014)
  • Thurston Dart Research Grant, Royal Musical Association (2014)
  • The Intimacy of Creativity festival, Composer Fellow (2011 and 2012)
  • Research Grant, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (2009)
  • Stanley Picker Trust Award (2008)
  • Grant, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (2007)
  • Lopes-Graça Prize in Composition, Câmara Municipal de Tomar (2007)
  • Scholarship, Royal College of Music (2007)
  • Sir Arthur Bliss Memorial Award, Performing Rights Society (2007)

Professional memberships

  • Member, Performing Rights Society (2018-present)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy / Advance HE (2018-present)
  • Member, Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (1996-present)

Academic positions

  • Cardiff University (2015-present)
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2011-12)
  • Instituto Piaget - University Campus of Almada (2004-07)
  • Academia de Música de Santa Cecília (2002-07)
  • Escola Profissional de Música de Almada (2001-02)
  • Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa Conservatoire (1999-2007)


  • ABRSM, Music Theory (2015)
  • Trinity College London, Music Theory (2014)

Committees and reviewing

School of Music Roles

  • Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies (2018-present)
  • Chair of the Undergraduate Extenuating Circumstances Committee (2015-2018)

Member of the Jury in Composition Prizes

  • Eborae Mvsica (2ª Escola de Évora)
  • Cardiff University (Alumni Composition Competition)
  • Rádio e Televisão de Portugal / Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores
  • Hong Kong Composers Guild / Radio Television Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (The Intimacy of Creativity)
  • Câmara Municipal de Leiria




  • Faria Gomes, P. 2018. Tableaux. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2018. Sonata. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2018. Analytical reductions. Presented at: Research Training for Doctoral Students, Royal College of Music, London, UK, 11 January 2018.


  • Faria Gomes, P. 2017. Evening. Pedro Faria Gomes.


  • Faria Gomes, P. 2016. Pinguins. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2016. ELA. Pedro Faria Gomes.




  • Faria Gomes, P. 2013. Approaches to composition. Presented at: Research Training for Doctoral Students, Royal College of Music, London, UK, 23 January 2013.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2013. Tereza's dreams. Pedro Faria Gomes.


  • Faria Gomes, P. 2012. Memória. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2012. Toys and Games. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2012. Dual. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2012. Contraluz. Pedro Faria Gomes.


  • Faria Gomes, P. 2011. Contours. Pedro Faria Gomes.




  • Faria Gomes, P. 2008. Epigrama. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2008. Drive. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. and Costa, L. 2008. Poema. AvA Musical Editions.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2008. Thanatos. Pedro Faria Gomes.







  • Faria Gomes, P. 2002. Nobre Povo. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. 2002. Duas Fantasias. Pedro Faria Gomes.
  • Faria Gomes, P. and Sousa, P. 2002. Rapsódia. Pedro Faria Gomes.






I have taught at music universities and conservatoires since 1999, in the areas of composition and music analysis.

Since my appointment at Cardiff University in 2015, I have taught Composition across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as Elements of Tonal Music, Contrapuntal Practice, Fugue, Research Skills and 20th and 21st Century Music.

I am the Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies (MA) for the School of Music.

As a composer I have worked with many soloists, conductors and ensembles in the UK as well as abroad.

Recent commissions include new works for the Academia de Música de Santa Cecília (Canções do Quadrante, 2015), the Portuguese National Opera/Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (ELA, 2016), the Portuguese National Ballet/Companhia Nacional de Bailado (Pinguins, 2016), the London Symphony Orchestra (Evening, 2017), the Dryads Duo (Sonata, 2018), the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Tableaux, 2018) and Jeremy Huw Williams (2021).

A portrait CD of chamber music was released by Naxos in January 2020. A second portrait CD, with solo piano works performed by Kenneth Hamilton, is currently in preparation to be recorded and released by Prima Facie in 2022. Additional discography is listed below.


  • Pedro Faria Gomes: Chamber Works, Sarah Thurlow (clarinet), Carla Santos (violin), Nancy Johnson (viola), Miguel Fernandes (cello) and Saul Picado (piano) (Naxos: 8.579029, 2020) [includes Memória, Sonata, Thanatos, Escape, Espera, Returning, Elegia and Nachtmusik]

  • À Memória de Anarda, Coro de Câmara Lisboa Cantat/Jorge Alves, cond. (Numérica: NUM 1159, 2008)
  • À Procura de um Pinheiro, Academia de Música de Santa Cecília Chamber Ensemble and Children’s Choir/Ana Paula Rodrigues and António Gonçalves, cond. (AMSC, 2005)
  • Dois Fados, João Vasco (Museu do Fado, 2010)
  • Duas fantasias, António Rosa (clarinet) and António Oliveira (piano) – Projecto XXI (Compasso: IRFC.04.069, 2006)
  • Elegia, Gonçalo Guedes Silva (cello) (GDA, 2012)
  • Four Thai Songs, Tetvocal (Key Records: K000001, 2003)
  • Memória, Wesley Ferreira (clarinet) and Gail Novak (piano) (Centaur Records: CEN 3743, 2019)
  • Nachtmusik, Richard Stoltzman (clarinet) and Mary Wu (piano) (Naxos Digital Services/The Intimacy of Creativity: IOC110501, 2012)
  • Poema, Konstanze von Gutzeit (cello)/Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música/Alexander Shelley, cond. (Casa da Música: CDM011, 2010)
  • Poema, Bruno Borralhinho (cello)/Orquestra Gulbenkian/Pedro Neves, cond. (Naxos: 8.573461, 2016)


I welcome enquiries from those interested in pursuing PhD studies in Composition, or research in related areas.

Current supervision

Francisco Da Silva

Research student

Tie Zhou

Research student

Ana Ferreira

Research student