In 1998 attended the IRCAM’s Summer Academy with Gérard Grisey. He won the First Prize and Second Prize in the “Óscar da Silva” and “Lopes-Graça” composition contest. In 1997 his piece “Rumos, Caminhos, Direcções” for 17 instruments was premiered and in 1999 “Trajectórias” for 12 instruments was presented in “Centro Cultural de Belém” (Lisbon) and repeated in München by the ensemble “piano possibile”.
He was one of the creators of the international contemporary music festival “Jornadas Nova Música-Aveiro” (1997–2001).
In 1999 he moved to Germany so to continue his studies of composition with Nicolaus A. Huber and Dirk Reith at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen, benefiting of a scholarship from the “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia”.