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.

Kone Foundation Grantee 2021

Kone Foundation Grantee 2021

I am happy to announce that after being awarded by the Sibelius Academy foundation, with a "Research expenses" grant, and by the Sibelius Academy with a research position for the next 3 years,  I have now been selected as one of the 2021 Kone foundation PhD grantees....

Organizing by designing

Organizing by designing

It is my pleasure to announce that I have been invited by my Sibelius Academy colleagues to collaborate in the organizing of SibA Research Days 2021. After participating as a speaker at the 2020 edition, it is now my duty to help make sure that other colleagues and...

Quarenta Podcast with Javier Sanchez

Quarenta Podcast with Javier Sanchez

Javier Sanchez, is a talented young Bass player living at Helsinki - Finland. He’s a graduate from the Complutense University of Madrid, the Berkley college of music, and more recently the Sibelius Academy -  University of Arts Helsinki In this interview, he tells us...


Helsinki – Finland
Porto – Portugal


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