Nuno da Rocha studied Composition with Vasco Mendonça, Carlos Marecos, Luís Tinoco, Carlos Caires and António Pinho Vargas.
During the summer of 2009, he participated in the ‘19th internationale sommerakademie09’ in Austria, where he worked with the composer Nigel Osborne, the conductor Michael Wendeberg and the widely recognized contemporary musical group ‘klangforum wien’.
In February 2010, he took part of the ‘16th young composers meeting’ in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) with the ‘de ereprijs’ orchestra. This meeting was directed by Louis Andriessen, Richard Ayres, Martijn Padding, Jan van de Putte, Micheal Smetanin and Helena Tulve.
By commission of Antena 2/RTP, he wrote ”Quatro Últimas Canções, quatro personagens a partir do romance de Vasco Graça Moura” as the mandatory piece for the contest ‘Prémio Jovens Músicos 2012′ in the category of Vocal performance.
He won the 3rd prize of the Antena2/RTP Composition Contest 2012 with the piece “O que será do rio without John Cage?” for baroque orchestra.
He was one of the selected composers to the TENSO Young Composers Workshop 2014 – Mechelen (Belgium). Afterward, he was one of the three finalists of the TENSO Young Composers Award in Copenhagen (Denmark).
He was selected to the ENOA Workshop “Composing for Voice” with Magnus Lindberg and Barbara Hannigan where he premieres his work “I could not think of thee as piecèd rot” for Soprano and Orchestra.
In June-July 2015, he took part in the ENOA Workshop “Opera Creation – Reflection” with Fabio Vacchi (Aix-en-Provence, France). Later (September 15), he joined into another ENOA Workshop with Martin Crimp (Ghent, Belgium).
In October 2015, he premieres his last score for orchestra. “RESTART“, a commission by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, Portugal). This work was inserted in the opening concert of the new Gulbenkian season 15-16.
Nuno da Rocha was the Young Composer in Residence 2015 at Casa da Música (Porto, Portugal). As a result, he premieres three new works in the season.
In July 2016, he was one of the composers in residence “Song and Creation Residency” – Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France).
In November 2016, his first album was released – “Mesmo que faça frio” – works for children choir.
Nuno da Rocha is one of the nominated composers for the TOTEM residency (Théâtre Opéra Texte et Écriture musicale) 2017-18, La Chartreuse – Festival d’Avignon (France).