Ricardo Matosinhos was born in 1982.
He studied horn with professor Ivan Kučera at the Esproarte (1994-2000), Mirandela, Portugal and with professor Bohdan Šebestík at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts in Oporto, Portugal. Ricardo was graduated from ESMAE in 2004, where he received the prize of student of the school year 2003/2004. In the same school year he was awarded the prize Eng. António de Almeida for his outstanding academic background.
Curiosity about he possibilities of the horn in jazz led him to take lessons with the saxophonist Mário Santos. This experience would play a major role in his style of composition.
In 2012 Ricardo presented his master dissertation entitled “Annotated Bibliography of Horn Etudes published Between 1950-2011” at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, whose results can be found at: hornetudes.com.
In 1998 he won a scholarship by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, that he kept until his graduation.
In 2007 Ricardo won the second prize for French Horn, superior level, in the competition "Prémio Jovens Músicos”, which took place in Portugal.
He attended several Masterclasses and Workshops with the horn players: Ab Koster, Arkady Shilkloper, Barry Tuckwell, Bedrich Tylšar, Bruno Schneider, David Jonson, Francis Orval, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Hermann Baumann, Ivan Kučera, Jan Schroeder, Javier Bonet, Jindřich Petráš, Jiří Havlík, Laurent Rossi, Michael Höltzel, Michele Stebelton, Paulo Guerreiro, Pip Eastop, Stefan Dohr, Thomas Müller, Vladimíra Klánská, Zdeněk Divoký among others.
Ricardo played as guest with orchestras such as: Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, Musicare Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra do Norte, Remix Orchestra, Remix Ensemble and Orquestra Nacional do Porto.
He taught several masterclasses and workshops all over Portugal and also in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia and EUA.
He wrote several teaching materials for horn but also some music works for other instruments.
His music works were recognized with a First prize at the 3rd Composition Competition for Works for Flute of the Academia de Flauta de Verão, Portugal, a First Prize and an honourable mention in the AFLAUP Flute Choir Composition Contest, another honourable mention in the 2014 International Horn Society Composition Contest and again an honourable mention in the 2nd Children Choir Composition Contest organized by APEM.
In 2004 he created the trompista.com, a Portuguese horn related website.
Ricardo is currently teaching at the Academia de Música de Costa Cabral and attending the PhD program in Music and Musicology at the University of Évora.
He is a member of the International Horn Society, the Portuguese Society of Authors and the GDA.