Fernando C. Lapa was born in Vila Real, Portugal, in 1950. He studied music at the Porto Music Conservatoire, where he graduated from the Superior Composition Course in the class of Cândido Lima. In the last three decades he has created around 300 works, encompassing almost every music genre: concertos, symphonic and choral-symphonic repertoire, operas, chamber music, works for solo instrument, as well as music for film and theatre. Lapa’s works have been performed at hundreds of concerts, both in Portugal and abroad (Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Norway, Finland, Macedonia, Slovenia, Egypt, India, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and the USA). Various pieces have been recorded and broadcast by the RTP, Antena 2, as well as other national and foreign TV and radio stations. Lapa has given lectures in different schools. Since many years the composer has been connected with the world of choral music, and he has been conducting the Minho University Academic Choir for sixteen years.