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Tomás Henriques was born in Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal in 1963. He studied trombone, piano and composition at the Conservatory of Music at Lisbon from 1977 until 1987 when he obtained his diploma in Composition. At the Conservatory o,f Lisbon he studied with composers Constança Capdeville and Jorge Peixinho. His continued interest in new technologies applied to music led him to Paris where he studied at G.R.M. (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) with Philipe Mion in 1988. He later went to the United States where he got a Masters and a Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo in New York. His main professors in Buffalo were Charles Wuorinen and L.Hiller. The pieces Sibila I (1990) for piano and live electronics and Sudeste (1992) for 5 percussionists are two important works from this period which exhibit a language rooted in serial procedures. His compositions have been commissioned by institutions such as the Gulbenkian Foundation, Unknown Winds (2004) for piano quintet, Frames (1997) for 14 soloists, the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Circle (2000) for solo flute, the Jorge Peixinho Electronic Music Studio, Trois Rêves (2002) for tape music, the Musica Viva Electronic Music Festival, Turning Points (2003) for string quartet and electronics, etc. He has presented papers on computer music subjects at the Third Practice Electronic Music Festival in Richmond-Virginia, USA, in 2004 and 2002, at the SEAMUS (Society of Electroacoustic Music of the United States) in Denton-Texas, USA in 2000 and at the ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) in San Jose-California, USA in 1992. He maintains a busy schedule as a lecturer on both electronic music and contemporary music and as a researcher he has developed music software for sound spatialization and for new MIDI interface controllers. His compositions have been played in Music Festivals such as the North American New Music Festival, the June in Buffalo Contemporary Music Festival, the Musica Viva Festival, the Festival Synthèse, the Logos Festival, the Art Series Now festival, etc, and in several concerts in USA, England, France, Hungary, Italy and Spain. His music has been recorded by the Numerica and MisoRecords labels. Presently he is a Professor of Composition and Theory at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the New University at Lisbon. At this university he also belongs to CESEM (Center for Studies in Aesthetics and Sociology of Music), a research group where he is developing a project on virtual room acoustics and also research on sensor technologies applied to music performance.