Manuel Lima is a pianist performer-composer. Themes in his work often include creating irony around the notion of high culture, destabilizing the traditional concert setting, with intimate stories with confessional elements, and multimedia created for site-specific performances. Lima attended and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2016 where he was also a lecturer. Compositionally, his diverse catalog includes works for dance, theater, cinema (and live cinema), television, sound installation, and orchestra. Manuel has been awarded the Vitae Foundation grant, three grants by the São Paulo State Culture Secretary, and was commissioned by the City of West Hollywood, CA to create an endurance performance entitled ''The Cube''. Lima has performed his solo work in Antwerp,Berlin, Brussels, Melbourne, London, Los Angeles, Tel-Aviv, Stuttgart and São Paulo.