Paolo Vettori was born in the north of Italy, close to Austria, in a region where both Italian and
German are spoken, which is perhaps why he still likes to learn new languages and experience
different cultures. In primary school, instead of drawing, he learned to read and play music, starting
with the recorder. At nine years of age he began studying piano and organ, and before he turned 10
he was accompanying masses on his own, which he continued to do for over 15 years.
His academic activities focused on his main interests (mathematics and technology), and he
completed a bachelor degree and a PhD in Electronic Engineering. He came back to music when he
was 24, when he happened to join a choir. It was his first experience of choral singing and he hasn’t
He moved to Portugal in 2001 and since 2002 he has been lecturing Mathematics at the University
of Aveiro, researching linear dynamical systems, algebraic coding theory, and
some applications of mathematics to art.
In his free time, he studied piano and voice at the Conservatório de Música in Aveiro and performed
with various ensembles, choirs, and orchestras. He participated in the recording of Duarte Lobo’s
polychoral works with the Vocal Ensemble under Vasco Negreiros.
Paolo has also participated in musical activities while conducting research activities abroad. He was
selected to perform in a series of concerts with works by Scarlatti and Gesualdo in Normandy with a
choir from Paris, and Brahms Requiem with a Dutch choir.
Since 2013, he has been singing with Voz Nua, with whom he has recorded three albums, under the
direction of Aoife Hiney. Paolo has been collaborating with the ZêzereArts Festival and Záve since