Luís Lopes Cardoso began his musical studies in 1993, at the Academia de Amadores de Música, and continued at the Music School of the National Conservatory. He studied Composition with Eurico Carrapatoso. He completed a Degree in Composition at the Lisbon Superior School of Music, where he studied with Luís Tinoco, Christopher Bochmann and António Pinho Vargas. In 2006 he participated in the Composition Seminar at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation under the guidance of Emmanuel Nunes. He attended the Choir Conducting Course of the International Vocal Music Course in Aveiro (2009-2012) and the Choir Conducting Course in Évora (2010), supervised by conductor Paulo Lourenço. In 2014 he completed his Master's Degree in Choir Direction at ESML. He won the ESMAE / Casa da Música Composition Contest in 2003 with the piece Serenata. In 2005 he composed the Trio de Cordas commissioned by OrchestrUtópica. He won the Opera in Creation Competition with Antigone (2006). In 2007, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, conducted by Guillaume Bourgogne, premiered Heptâmetro, as part of the 5th Workshop for Young Composers. He was the Young Composer in Residence at Casa da Música in 2008.