Paulo Bastos was born in Vila Pouca de Aguiar. He started studying music with Hélia Soveral at the Escola de Música do Porto. Later he finished his BA in Composition at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo, where he was awarded the “Prize for the Best Student”. Then he finished his MMus in Theory and Musical Analysis at the University of Aveiro. He worked with several composers and groups as The Strasbourg Percussions, Sharon Kanach, Filipe Pires, Dieter Schnebel, Cândido Lima, Stefano Scodanibbio, Álvaro Salazar, Gerhard Stäbler, Jorge Peixinho, Nicolaus A. Huber, Virgílio Melo and Ken Valitsky.
Much of his production focuses on chamber music and children’s music, despite the significant number of orchestral works, solo instrument and electronics. Some premieres, recordings, as well as dedications of his music, have been especially written for and commissioned by groups and reputable quality musicians.
He teaches Analysis, Composition and Electronic Music at the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga since 1996.