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Marlos Nobre (born February 18, 1939 in Recife, Pernambuco)‪ is a Brazilian composer. He has received commissions from numerous institutions, including the Ministry of Culture in Spain, the Free University of Music of São Paulo, the Neuchâtel Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland, The Apollon Foundation in Bremen, Germany and the Maracaibo Music Festival in Venezuela. He has also sat on the juries of numerous international music competitions, including the Cità di Alessandria Prize and the The Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition.‪

Nobre studied piano and music theory at the Conservatory of Music of Pernambuco from 1948 to 1959, and compositionwith H. J. Koellreutter and Camargo Guarnieri. When he received a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation, he pursued advanced studies at the Latin American Center in Buenos Aires, alongside Ginastera, Messiaen, Malipiero, Copland and Dallapiccola. He worked also with Alexander Goehr and Gunther Schuller at the Berkshire Music Center inTanglewood in 1969, where he met Leonard Bernstein. The same year he studied electronic music at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York.

Career highlights :

He was composer-in-residence at the Brahms-Haus in Baden-Baden invited by the Brahms Society, Germany from 1980-81. He held the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1985-86.

Nobre has been a Visiting Professor at Yale, the Universities of Indiana, Arizona and Oklahoma and the Juilliard School.

He was Music Director of the Radio MEC and the National Symphony Orchestra from 1971 to 1976 First Director of the National Institute of Music at FUNARTE from 1976 to 1979.

President of the Brazilian Academy of Music.

He was also President of the International Music Council of UNESCO.

He was Guest Composer at the University of Georgia and Texas Christian University. In 2000, he received the highest academic awards from the Texas Christian University the « Cecil and Ida Green Honors Professor » and from the Indiana University the « Thomas Hart Benton Medallion ».

Recent years :

Nobre is active as a pianist and conductor, having performed and conducted with several orchestras: Suisse Romande Orchestra, Geneve; Collegium Academicum, Switzerland; Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra at Teatro Colón; SODRE Orchestra of Montevideo, Uruguay; the National Orchestras of Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru (National Symphony Orchestra of Peru), Guatemala and all Brazilian Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London; Philharmonic of Nice, France.

He is currently the President of the National Music Committee of IMC/UNESCO; the Director of Contemporary Music Programs at Radio MEC-FM of Brazil; the President of « Jeunesses Musicales » of Brazil and the President of the Musica Nova Editions of Brazil.


Nobre won a number of composers’ competitions, including :

  • Music and Musicians of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (1960),
  • Broadcasting Music Inc. Award, New York, USA (1961),
  • The Brazilian Song Contest, Rio de Janeiro (1962),
  • Ernesto Nazareth National Competition, Brazilian Academy of Music, Rio de Janeiro (1963),
  • National Composers Contest, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1963),
  • Torcuato Di Tella Award, Buenos Aires (1963),
  • City of Santos Contest, São Paulo (1966),
  • The UNESCO Prize, Paris (1974),
  • The I TRIMALCA/UNESCO Prize, Colombia (1979),
  • VI Premio Iberoamerican de la Música « Tomás Luís de Victoria » (2005).

He has received the following decorations :

  • Cultural Merit Gold Medal of Pernambuco (1978),
  • Great Official of the Order of Merit of Brasília (1988),
  • Official of the Order of Rio Branco of the Itamaraty, Brazil (1989),
  • Official of the Order of Arts and Letters of France (1994),
  • Gold Medal of Merit of the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation of Pernambuco (1999).

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