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Nuno Dario

Film Scoring / Orchestration – Head of Post Graduate Film Scoring Program

Nuno Dario is one of the most versatile and prolific Portuguese composers working around the world today.

He has been awarded with several international awards including three Global Music Awards, two Lusophone Creativity Awards and the prestigious BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship in Los Angeles. His awards cover genres ranging from classical-contemporary music to music for advertising and cinema.

Nuno Dario’s music has been heard on productions by CBS, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures; on campaigns such as LA’s Finest, NCSI, NCSI Hawai, Mangum PI or Mortal Kombat Ultimate. He has composed for films, web-series and documentaries such as Out of Order, Rose, One Thousand and Eight Hundred Miles from Zarzis or Earth is Home and many commercials for the major brands Delta Café, Multiópticas, Keep Wells, Blue, Luso, and agencies Havas, Ogilvy and Lola Norma Jean amongst many others.

In his wide-scope work, Nuno Dario has worked with filmmakers and producers from around the world such as the likes of Richard de Almeida, Nuno Noivo, Leonel Vieira, Manu Coeman, James Doyle, Anthony Bui, Nuno Baltazar and Augusto Fraga. Amongst Nuno’s ground-breaking concert works are Four Poems in Search of a Music Play for expanded ensemble and X-Millenials for Symphony Orchestra and Electronics.  

Nuno has also composed for theater and dance and contributed to several multimedia projects such as Fenacult II, a commission by Angola’s Ministry of Culture of music and sound design for Angola’s olympics-like opening and closing ceremonies, (involving video-mapping and live performance) in a full stadium, a collaboration with Angola Contemporary Dance Company and choreographer Ana Guerra-Marques.

Nuno Dario studied classical and jazz guitar, piano, graduated in composition at the Lisbon Superior School of Music and specialized in composition for cinema in Los Angeles (UCLA) completing the Film Scoring Program with the highest grade. He holds a PhD in composition from Royal Holloway University of London, fully funded by the FCT (Portuguese State) research grant.

He currently works between Los Angeles and Lisbon – where he resides- and teaches Composition and Orchestration at the National Academy of Advanced Orchestral Studies. Nuno is a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, U.S.A.