Winner of more than 30 international prizes, Francisco Luís is one of the most acclaimed Portuguese guitarists of his generation.
Francisco Luís was born in Caldas da Rainha on July 22nd, 1998. He started his studies at the age of 10 at the Conservatory of Caldas da Rainha with Professor Luís Roldão. After studying for 5 years in his hometown, he took the entrance examinations to the Music School of the National Conservatory in Lisbon, where he was admitted and began studies with Eurico Pereira. In addition to his focus in solo guitar, Francisco had chamber music classes with Júlio Guerreiro and Paulo Amorim, and studied basso continuo with Helena Raposo. In terms of music theory, Francisco learned analysis and compositional techniques with the composers Daniel Schvetz and Eurico Carrapatoso.
In 2015 he played the emblematic Concierto de Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo with the symphonic orchestra from the National Conservatory of Lisbon, in the Cinema/ Theater Sao Jorge.
After finishing his studies in Lisbon, Francisco Luís was accepted at the Maastricht Conservatorium, where he began his bachelor’s degree with Carlo Marchione and technical classes with Roman Krejici. After finishing his studies in Maastricht with distinction (10/10), Francisco then moved to Den Haag, where he completed his master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory, with Professor Zoran Dukic.
Francisco has performed in more than 10 different countries, including some renowned halls of Europe, such as Musikverein (Wien), Casa da Música (Porto), Palácio da Ajuda (Lisbon), Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Heerlen), and more.
Francisco Luis has won awards at many international competitions, including 15 first prizes. Among these, Francisco received 1st prize at the Harmonia Cordis International Guitar Festival, 1st prize in Int. Guitar Festival of Guimaraes (Cat. F), 1st prize in Baltic Int. Guitar Festival, , 1st prize in Florida Guitar Foundation, 2nd prize in Uppsalla International Guitar Festival, and many others.
In 202o, Francisco became a member of EuroStrings, the first Portuguese guitarist to be a part of this program. During this project, Francisco has toured around Europe, where he performed solo concerts, gave masterclasses and played in several musical activities, attending some of the most important festivals of the classical guitar community.
Francisco has also received masterclasses from many great artists of the classical guitar, such as: Judicael Perroy, Zoran Dukic, Fabio Zanon, Roberto Aussel, Paolo Pegoraro, Aniello Desiderio, Marcin Dylla, Roland Dyens, Michalis Kontaxakis, Dejan Ivanovich, David Martínez, Eduardo Inestal, among others.
Photo by Tessa Wiegerinck