Brazilian composer, conductor and violinist Cláudio Franco de Sá Santoro was born in Manaus on 23 November 1919. He studied in Rio de Janeiro at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.
His output includes seven string quartets, three piano concertos and fourteen symphonies.
He died in Brasilia on 27 March 1989 while rehearsing for a concert to commemorate the bicentennial of the French Revolution.
CD Spotlight. Challenging in the Extreme - Symphonies by Brazilian composer Claudio Santoro, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... passionately and intensely executed by Neil Thomson and his Brazilian ensemble, the Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra.'
Ensemble. Liquid Velvet - Paul Wiffen listens to the new soprano-piano duo TangOpera
Record Box. Innocent Mischief - Eduardo Monteiro plays piano music from Brazil, reviewed by Bill Newman