Gonçalo Cruz

Researcher | Designer | Musician | Educator | Maker


Music composer and guest musician on live and recorded performances


Maker of bagpipes & Woodwinds


Doctoral Researcher in Music
The Redesign of Bagpipes

My workshops & Seminars

Over the last years, Gonçalo has worked with several educational institutions carrying out pedagogical, cultural & motivational seminars and workshops.
If you’re looking for a guest speaker or would like to hear more about his seminars, please send an email.



Lessons and workshops

Learn how to play Bagpipes, 
Flutes & Whistles 
or join in with your music instrument and learn folk repertoire from Iberia

Project & Design

Tools that help you think.

Be it the remodeling of your own apartment, producing your new record album, drafting your scientific paper or designing your live performance.
In Design process, it’s all about getting something accomplished.



Learn to be. . .

From Music to the Visual Arts, from Meditation to Martial arts, its all about transcending technique.
Thinking > Knowing > Being

by design…


I’ve been connected to the arts since as far back as I can remember. I’ve never imagined myself doing anything other than creating “stuff”. How Music composition became an intrinsic part of “it all”, is something that took me a while to make sense of… However, since childhood having travel from Drawing to Painting, to Architecture, and ending up Making the very same musical instruments I play and compose with, has been an amazing ride. The more time passes the more everything seems to fall into place…

Latest News

Gonçalo writes for several media outlets, including the youtube channel GaitaMakerTV, or the Finndit.org initiative.
He also publishes articles and papers, that you can read here.

My Guest lecture at MDW

My Guest lecture at MDW

I recently had the privilege of shedding light on the rich, yet often overlooked, history of bagpipes in the Baltic Sea region. This journey took place in the heart of Vienna, at an event event organised by the Institute for Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology in...

2nd Edition of the Bagpipe Network Meeting

2nd Edition of the Bagpipe Network Meeting

We have successfully organised the 2nd Edition of the Bagpipe Network Meeting, at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. Thank you for the wonderful support of my research Supervisor Kristiina Ilmonen (prof. Folk Music) and to MuTri Doctoral school Head, Saijaleena Rantanen....


Helsinki – Finland


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