Jorge Costa Pinto

Born: 1932, Campo de Ourique, Lisbon (Portugal)
Nationality: Portuguese

From his childhood onwards, Jorge Costa Pinto was a percussionist in various bands, including the Orquestra Baía and the Orquestra Bolero. Later onwards, he worked as a percussionist, pianist, and accordionist for various cabarets in Lisbon. Aged 26, he joined the Ray Martino orchestra (second half 1950s). In the 1960s, Pinto studied composing, arranging, conducting, harmony, percussion, sound recording, electroplating and did several other courses, not only in Portugal, but also at the Berklee School of Music (Boston Mass.) and in London. As an arranger, he made studio recordings with many popular Portuguese singers, including Simone de Oliveira, António Calvário, Florbela Quieroz, and Carlos do Carmo. He founded a record company of his own, Tecla. Pinto also wrote the music to several motion pictures. After the Carnation Revolution he was employed at the music department of national broadcaster RTP. In the 1970s, he founded a jazz big band, with which he still tours Portugal today.

Jorge Costa Pinto was the musical director of three editions of the Festival RTP da Canção, in 1966, 1970, and 1971, conducting all entries. In ’66 and ’71 he joined the winning artists, Madalena Iglesias and Tonicha, to the Eurovision finals in Luxembourg and Dublin respectively and conducted the orchestra for them; Iglesias’ song ‘Ele e ela’ was also orchestrated by him. In 1970, Portugal did not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1973, Pinto conducted both Fernando Tordo entries in the Portuguese preselection, amongst which the winning ‘Tourada’, a song arranged by Pedro Osório; Pinto accompanied Tordo to Luxembourg as his conductor in the Eurovision final. In the 1984 Portuguese Eurovision heats, he was one of the jurors.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Jorge Costa Pinto will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1966: Ele e ela
1971: Menina (do alto da serra)
1973: Tourada