Hugo Ribeiro(N. 7 August, 1925 - M. 3 December, 2016)
Hugo Alves Fernandes Ribeiro was born on August 7, 1925, in Vila Real de Santo António.
His professional career at Valentim de Carvalho began in 1945, first in the music section and later in the recording section. This bond, professional and affective, with the company and its representatives, would continue until the end of his life. Even after his last recording, in the 90's, he continued to be a regular presence in the publisher's studios, in Paço de Arcos.
Hugo Ribeiro's journey is not only not dissociable from the history of music recording in Portugal, but is often confused with itself. Throughout his career he managed to earn the respect and admiration of the editors and artists he worked with. He was a pioneer in technique and methodology, and with the support of Rui Valentim de Carvalho, he became one of the most illustrious and useful Portuguese sound engineers, an essential reference for a whole generation of technicians and sound engineers.
His musical and human sensibility, combined with an incomparable technical competence, allowed him to capture, sublimate, and perpetuate unique moments of performative inspiration. Of the hundreds of national and international artists that he recorded, in the most varied formats, the most acclaimed discographic records of great references of Fado and Portuguese guitar stand out, namely: Amália and Celeste Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Lucília do Carmo, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Carlos Ramos, Tristão da Silva, Hermínia Silva, Beatriz da Conceição, Fernanda Maria, Max, Fernando Farinha, Vicente da Câmara, Carlos do Carmo, Maria da Fé, Carlos Paredes, among many others.
He died on December 3, 2016, at the age of 91.
Museu do Fado - interview held on May 18, 2006
Jornal Público - interview by Gonçalo Frota, August 24, 2014