Nuno Côrte-Real was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 1971. He studied guitar, music theory, piano and composition with, among others, Piñero Nagy, Helena Pimentel, Carlos Fernandes and Fernando Eldoro. In 1995 he finished the Superior Composition Course in the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, studying with Christopher Bochmann, António Pinho Vargas, Eurico Carrapatoso, Carlos Caires and António de Sousa Dias. In the fall of 1994 he studied in the Utrecht Conservatory (Holland) with Tom Lambij and Henck Heckel. In 2000 Côrte-Real was awarded in the Competition of Electronic Music “Musica Viva”, in Lisbon, with his 1995 piece Noa-Noa, homenagem a Gauguin, and in Italy, in the Egidio Carella Competition in Val Tidone, with the piece Le vin (1997). He had a scholarship, between 1999 and 2001, by the Centro Nacional de Cultura. In October 2001 he concluded the composition course in the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he studied with Klaas de Vries, Peter Jan Wagemans and Rene Uijlenhoet. He has conducted many of his pieces with ensembles and chamber orchestras from Utrecht and Rotterdam conservatories, and in Portugal with the Darcos Ensemble, his own organisation of a contemporary professional ensemble.