Founded in 2009 by the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation (Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal), the vocal ensemble Cupertinos is dedicated almost exclusively to the Portuguese musical heritage of the 16th and 17th centuries, based on a set of world-famous composers, such as Duarte Lobo (c.1565-1646), Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650), Filipe de Magalhães (c.1571-1652), and Pedro de Cristo (c.1550-1618).
Playing an annual average of over fifteen concerts, the Cupertinos have already presented around two hundred and fifty works, including over one hundred modern premieres. With an unprecedented performative approach, several of these unpublished works have been transcribed from the original sources by the members of the Cupertinos themselves under the guidance of the musical director of the group, Luís Toscano, and the musicologist Professor José Abreu (University of Coimbra and ESMAE).
Besides the International Festival of Portuguese Polyphony that they host, the Cupertinos have participated in renowned music festivals, namely: II and VI Ciclo de Requiem de Coimbra, IX Ciclo de Música Sacra da Igreja Românica de São Pedro de Rates, XXII and XXV Cistermúsica – Festival de Música de Alcobaça, Ciclo ‘Espaços da Polifonia’, XVIII Jornadas Polifónicas Internacionales ‘Ciudad de Ávila’, West Coast Early Music Festival and Bolzano Festival Bozen. After their debut in the United Kingdom in February 2020 in the ‘Choral at Cadogan’ series of concerts, future commitments include their performance at the Wigmore Hall in January 2021; in Germany in May 2021 at the ‘Tage Alter Musik’ Festival in Regensburg; and in Estonia in July 2021 at the ‘Haapsalu Early Music Festival’.
Increasingly renowned as true ambassadors of Portuguese Polyphony, this epithet has been greatly enhanced by the recent release of their first album, dedicated to Manuel Cardoso. Released by the prestigious label Hyperion, this CD has had a regular presence in classical radio stations all over Europe and has been acclaimed by the specialized press (BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, Choir & Organ, Chorzeit). This album has achieved its first distinction with its inclusion in the ‘Bestenliste’ of the ‘Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’, and was acclaimed at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2019, where it won an award in the ‘Early Music’ category.