Ricardo Matosinhos was born in 1982. He studied horn with professor Ivan Kučera at the Esproarte (1994-2000), Mirandela, Portugal and with professor Bohdan Šebestík at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts in Oporto, Portugal. Ricardo was graduated from ESMAE in 2004, where he received the prize of student of the school year 2003/2004. In the same school year he was awarded the prize Eng.º António de Almeida for his outstanding academic background. Curiosity about he possibilities of the horn in jazz led him to take lessons with the saxophonist Mário Santos. This experience would play a major role in his style of composition. In 2007 Ricardo won the second prize for French Horn, superior level, in the competition "Prémio Jovens Músicos”. He attended several Masterclasses and Workshops with the horn players: Ab Koster, Arkady Shilkloper, Barry Tuckwell, Bedrich Tylšar, Bruno Schneider, David Jonson, Francis Orval, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Hermann Baumann, Ivan Kučera, Jan Schroeder, Javier Bonet, Jindřich Petráš, Jiří Havlík, Laurent Rossi, Michael Höltzel, Michele Stebelton, Paulo Guerreiro, Pip Eastop, Stefan Dohr, Thomas Müller, Vladimíra Klánská, Zdeněk Divoký among others. Ricardo played as guest with orchestras such as Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, Musicare Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra do Norte, Remix Orchestra, Remix Ensemble and Orquestra Nacional do Porto. He taught several masterclasses and workshops all over Portugal and also in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia and EUA. His music works were recognized with a First prize at the 3rd Composition Competition for Works for Flute of the Academia de Flauta de Verão, Portugal, a First Prize and an honourable mention in the AFLAUP Flute Choir Composition Contest, another honourable mention in the 2014 International Horn Society Composition Contest and again an honourable mention in the 2nd Children Choir Composition Contest organized by APEM.