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Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta is a composer of contemporary music. He is also architect and urban planner, photographer and writer. He won the Destaque Prize in 1977 by the Brazilian ABM Institution; the APCA Prize in 1986 by the Art Critics Association of Sao Paulo; and the Lac Maggiore Prize in 1994 by the Regional Government of Lombardia, the International Association of Art Critics, the Unesco and the Council of Europe, in Locarno, Switzerland. In 1993 the Unesco, in Paris, selected his works as one of the most representative intermedia researchers of the world. He is member of the SACD - Societè des Autheurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques in Paris. He is an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in Washington DC. He is also member and advisor for the AIVAC - Association Internationale pour la Video dans les Arts et la Culture, in Locarno and Lausanne; and founding member of the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry - ISIS Symmetry, with main offices in Budapest. On music, he studied with Hans Joachim Koellreutter (pupil of Paul Hindemith, Marcel Moyse), Conrado Silva (Karlheinz Stockhausen), Demetrio Lima and Holger Czukai (Karlheinz Stockhausen) among others. As Architect he studied with Eduardo Kneese de Mello (Alvar Aalto, Walter Gropius) and Eduardo Corona, among others. He took part in various workshops and master classes with Kenzo Tange, Oscar Niemeyer, Yona Friedman, Peter Cook (Archigram) and Charles Moore among others. He collaborated with John Cage, for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, from 1986 until his disappearance in 1992. He remains commissioned composer for Merce Cunningham, in New York, since then. His musical compositions have been played by important musicians like David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, Maurizio Barbetti, John Tilbury, Martha Mooke, John DS Adams, Christian Wolff, Michael Pugliese and the Manhattan Quartet among others. His compositions had been performed in several theatres all over the world, like the City Center Theatre and The Kitchen in New York, the La Villette Theatre in Paris, the Shinjuku Bunka Center in Tokyo or the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art among many others. He is Editorial Director of the art and culture magazine RISK Arte Oggi, in Milan, Italy, since 1992. He is member of the jury of the BES Fellowship - Experimental Intermedia Foundation of New York, Luso American Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - since 1995. In the early 80s Emanuel Pimenta coined the concept "virtual architecture", later largely used. In the end of the 70s, he had begun the development of a new graphical musical notation inside virtual environments, using computer graphics. Mr. Pimenta has been invited, as professor and lecturer, by several institutions, like the Universities of New York, Lisbon, Lausanne, Tsukuba, Sao Paulo, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Monte Verita Foundation in Switzerland and the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel among others. His works are included in the Universalis Encyclopaedia (Britannica), in the Sloninsky Baker's Music Dictionary (Berkeley), in the Chronology of the Classical Western Music by Charles Hall as well as in the All Music Guide - The Expert's Guide to the Best Cds. He has his works, cd-roms, audio cds, various books and papers published in England, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy and Spain. Articles on his works have been constantly published in different newspapers and magazines, like the New York Times, Le Monde, Le Parisien, O Estado de Sao Paulo and O Globo among others. He develops his compositions of contemporary music using Virtual Reality and Cyberspace technologies. His works have been exhibited and integrate the collections of several institutions of the world, like the Whitney Museum of New York, the Computer Art Museum of Seattle, the ARS AEVI Contemporary Art Museum, the MART - Contemporary Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento, the Durini Art Collection, the Bibliotèque Nationale de Paris and the Biennial of Sao Paulo among others. Acting as Director of the Holotopia Contemporary Music Festical, in Naples, he also has been curator for several institutions like the Biennial Foundation of Sao Paulo, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Experimenta Design Foundation and the Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon among others. EXTERNAL LINKS Emanuel Pimenta