Francisco Monteiro started his musical studies as a pupil Helena Costa’s in Oporto, entering later the Music Conservatory where he achieved the Superior Piano Course with honor. He studied analysis and composition with Cândido Lima, Álvaro Salazar (Porto) and Gottfried Scholtz (Vienna – Austria), conducting with Jean-Claude Hartemann and piano interpretation with Marie-Françoise Bucquet (Paris). He is graduated by the Vienna’s Musik University - concert Diplom, class of Noel Flores - by the University of Coimbra – M.A. in Musicology, supervisor Gerard Doderer - and the University of Sheffield – Ph.D. on 20th-century music, supervisors George Nicholson and Peter Hill. His activity as a pianist includes solo and chamber presentations; he’s mainly devoted to the 20th century and to Portuguese music. He appeared as a pianist in "Oficina Musical", "Música Nova", "Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa" and directing the group "Síntese". Francisco Monteiro took part in Festivals in Italy, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Slovania and made recitals in France, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Croacia and the U.K. He recorded several CDs, among them "Exposed on the cliffs of the heart" with solo piano music of Terry Winter Owens "Clotilde Rosa Piano Works" together with Anne Kaasa. Francisco Monteiro is also playing and arranging for a Tango band "La Ideal", with presentations in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Italy. He maintains a regular activity as a composer since 2001 with pieces for different chamber formations. Francisco Monteiro is Professor in the Polytechnic Institute of Porto - Portugal (School of Education). He's a senior researcher in INET - MD,. He coordinated a research project dedicated to the Critical Edition of Jorge Peixinho's Chamber Music, a project funded until 2013 by F.C.T. He's now dedicated to Artistic Research and Music Creation (performance, improvisation, composition, sound, drama and visual objects creation).