Composer, flute player, conductor and musicologist. His composition teachers were Christopher Bochmann and Constança Capdeville. Viana’s works are included in the repertoire of institutions such as Gulbenkian Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Teatro da Trindade, Mafra International Festival, and others. Among the interpreters of his chamber music are Luís Cunha, Luís Andrade, Teimuraz Janikashvili, Quarteto São Roque, Liviu Scripcaru, Daniel Garlitsky, Natalia Tchitch, Tatiana Samouil, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Adrian Florescu, Gerardo Gramajo, Pavel Gomziakov, Daniel Schvetz, Bertrand Raoulx, Carlo Colombo, Mika Suihkonen, Cecilia Bercovich, Andrea Loetscher… Cesar Viana has recorded for EMI classics, BMG, Philips, RCA, Strauss, Xerais and Bajja records, and has been invited by orchestras such as Radio-Philarmonie Hannover (NDR), RIAS Big Band Berlin, Metropolitana de Lisboa, Filarmonia das Beiras, Clássica da Madeira,Francisco de Lacerda (Azores), etc. As a performer, Viana’s activity ranges from medieval to contemporary music, from the Japanese Shakuhachi flute to the shepherds bagpipes, from baroque to sefardic music… In these and other musical fields, he has collaborated with Nuno Torka Miranda, Mika Suihkonen, Cristiano Holtz, Maria João Pires, Annemieke Cantor, Hugo Naessens, Lev Vinocour, Iddo Bar-shaï, Mariana Gurkova, Mariana Todorova, Tomohiro Hatta, Miguel Jaloto, Carla Caramujo, Maria Luisa de Freitas, among many others. Also with the ensembles Sinfoniab, Birundum, Cobras e Son and Vozes Alfonsinas. All these musical references contribute to a rich and varied musical universe, and have an obvious influence on his compositions.
Cesar Viana was artistic director of the ensembles Sinfoniab and Cobras e Son, of Belgais – the arts center founded by Maria João Pires – and of Sesimbra’s Early Music Festival. He also had directive or coordination responsabilities at Fundacion Caja Duero (Salamanca) and Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. Until very recently he was a member of the board of OPART (National Opera and Ballet of Portugal) and the artistic director of ‘Festival ao Largo’, one of the main classical music festivals in Portugal.
Currently he teaches composition at Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska (Madrid), is music director of Concerto Moderno, a Lisbon based string orchestra, and is a member of ‘Entrebescant’, an early music ensemble based in Madrid.