Cláudio Franco de Sá Santoro
(Manaus, 23 November 1919–Brasília, 27 March 1989) was an
internationally renowned Brazilian composer and violinist.
of Manaus, the capital
of Amazonas, Claudio Santoro started to study violin and piano as a
child. His efforts made the Government of Amazonas send him to study in Rio de Janeiro, 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
composer that influenced Santoro. He also studied in Paris with
co-founded and played in the Brazilian Symphony
. His prolific output was mostly instrumental and
includes nine symphonies, three piano
and seven string
Santoro died in Brasília in March
1989 while conducting the rehearsal of a concert scheduled to
commemorate the 14 July bicentennial of the
birthday would have been in November.
received a prize from the Lili
Boulanger Foundation, in Boston.
Amongst the judges were the composers Igor Stravinski
and Aaron Copland