Nuno Malo showed a keen interest in film making from an extremely early age, and this led him to study Composition early in life, with Evgueni Zoudilkine, with the idea of pursuing a career in films. He learned to play the piano and the guitar and when he finished high school he did a Bachelor and Master’s degree both in Composition (At the London College of Music), whilst at the same time learning to play Jazz and Popular music from his father, an accomplished jazz guitar player. Whilst in college in London Nuno caught the attention of Mark Stephenson, the renowned conductor of the London Musici orchestra, who commissioned Nuno to compose an Elegy for Cello and Orchestra. Stephenson conducted the piece with the National Orchestra of Porto, in Portugal, and the success of the piece led to a string of commissions for the concert hall.
After completing a Post Grad in Music for Film and TV At USC, Nuno captured the attention of several directors In Portugal. His dramatic use of music in films led him to become one of the most sought after film composers in Portugal. Since then he has scored several films including Filme Da Treta, which was #1 at the box office that year and broke a record of first weekend attendance for a Portuguese film, and also a commercial staring Pierce Brosnan, which was the first commercial in Portugal to feature a full symphonic orchestra. The Commercial received several international prizes. In parallel to his film career Nuno also composed a few popular songs including Desencontros which hit the top 40 chart in Portugal.
After a string of feature films in Portugal Nuno, who was at the time 26 years old, scored his first American film, The Celestine Prophecy, based on the #1 times bestseller. The film called for a large orchestral and choral score, which got considerable attention from several film critics. A suite from the film score got performances in the concert hall by The National Orchestra of Porto, and The Portuguese National Symphony orchestra. Nuno has scored 10 feature films, several short films, 5 high profile commercials, and has also released 3 instrumental solo CD albums: Cloud and Water, Star-Crossing, and Morning Star. Star-Crossing was nominated for a Golden Melody Award (the Equivalent to a Grammy in Taiwan).
In addition to his film credits, Nuno has been awarded with many prestigious international awards and accolades including a BMI Film Music Award/Scholarship (At USC), Los Angeles USA, The Malcolm Arnold Prize, London UK, The Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal, London UK, The Henry Purcell Composition Prize, London UK and the Camões Song Competition, Portugal.
Nuno currently lives in Los Angeles, with his pianist wife, Ivana.