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Cláudio Franco de Sá Santoro (Manausmarker, 23 November 1919Brasíliamarker, 27 March 1989) was an internationally renowned Brazilianmarker composer and violinist.


Early life

A native of Manausmarker, the capital of Amazonasmarker, Claudio Santoro started to study violin and piano as a child. His efforts made the Government of Amazonasmarker send him to study in Rio de Janeiromarker, at the Musical Conservatory of Rio de Janeiro.


At the age of 18, he was already a teacher of the violin course at the conservatory. He was a pupil of Hans-Joachim Koellreutter, composer that influenced Santoro. He also studied in Parismarker with Nadia Boulanger. He co-founded and played in the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. His prolific output was mostly instrumental and includes nine symphonies, three piano concertos and seven string quartets.

Claudio Santoro died in Brasíliamarker in March 1989 while conducting the rehearsal of a concert scheduled to commemorate the 14 July bicentennial of the French Revolution. His 70th birthday would have been in November.


He received a prize from the Lili Boulanger Foundation, in Bostonmarker. Amongst the judges were the composers Igor Stravinski and Aaron Copland.


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