Fernando Correia Martins

Born: November 23rd, 1936, Aveiro (Portugal)
Died: March 28th, 2009, Lisbon (Portugal)
Nationality: Portuguese

Originally a violinist whose professional career in music started in 1958, Fernando Correia Martins became one of Portugal’s most prolific theatre composers from the early 1970s onwards, with over fifty revues and musicals to his credit. His operetta ‘Invasão’ was staged at the Trindade Theatre. As a composer, arranger, and conductor, Correia Martins worked on many RTP television programmes, including the ‘Sábado à noite’ show. He was the musical director of the RTP Orchestra from 1990 until it was disbanded in 1994. In the record studios, more than 500 records with his arrangements were recorded by artists such as Simone de Oliveira, Carlos do Carmo, Marina Mota, Nucha, Dora, and Deolinda Rodrígues. In 2008, Correia Martins again started writing music for theatrical performances. One day before he died, he received the Máscaras do Teatro Prize for lifetime achievement.

Between 1975 and 1993, Fernando Correia Martins composed, arranged, and conducted many entries in the Portuguese Eurovision heats; in 1990, he was the musical director of the show. He was involved in two Portuguese entries in the international final: in 1979, he wrote the orchestration to ‘Sobe, sobe balão sobe’ (singer: Manuela Bravo), which was conducted by Thilo Krassman. Twelve years later, in 1991, he conducted the orchestra in Rome for a world star-to-be, Dulce Pontes, who represented her country with ‘Lusitana paixão’.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Fernando Correia Martins will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1991: Lusitana paixão