Wynton is a doctoral student in Contemporary History enrolled at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities with a background in music composition. His thesis focuses on how trap music can be interpreted as a reflection of a youth culture and temporal experience shaped by neoliberalism, the forces of the 2008 economic crash and the resultant years of recession and crisis. He has studied with, played for and performed with some of the greatest names in jazz including: Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal, Bebo Valdes, Ellis Marsalis, Marc Cary, T.S. Monk, Victor Goines, Wess Anderson and Todd Williams. His principal piano teacher from age 8 to 17 was world-class, critically acclaimed pianist, Aysegul Emine Durakoglu. In 2003, Wynton traveled to Santiago de Cuba for a weeklong piano education residency with a professor from the music conservatory. In 2004 he traveled around Europe with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, learning valuable musical lessons as he heard the Orchestra perform each night. In 2010 Wynton was accepted into the New York Youth Symphony composition program Making Score where he was among several students selected to compose for the American Composer’s Orchestra. Wynton completed his Bachelor's degree at the Boston Conservatory in 2014. Upon graduation he received the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award. He completed a Master in Music in composition at the Royal College of Music in July of 2016.

Personal identification

Full name
Wynton Kelly Stone Guess

Citation names

  • Guess, Wynton

Author identifiers

Ciência ID


Mobile phone
  • 915652996 (Personal)

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts
  • Humanities - History and Archaeology - History


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English (Mother tongue)
Portuguese Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
Degree Classification
2019/09 - 2023
História (Doutoramento)
Major in História Contemporânea
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
"Making Up Trap, A History of Trap Music, Youth Culture and the 2008 crisis" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2014/09 - 2016/07
Master of Music (Master)
Major in composition
The Royal College of Music, United Kingdom
"A Discussion of Song in the Work of Stephen Foster and Charles Ives in the Making of an American Music" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2010/09 - 2014/05
Bachelor in Music (Bachelor)
Major in Composition
The Boston Conservatory, United States


  1. Guess, Wynton. THE BEST KANYE REVIEW: LIFE OF PABLO HYPE OR HIT. 2016. https://raprehab.com/kanye-west-review-life-of-pablo-hype-or-hit/.
  2. Guess, Wynton. The New Faith of Kendrick Lamar: Dramatic Unity in GOOD KID, M.A.A.D. CITY. 2016. https://www.popmatters.com/the-new-faith-of-kendrick-lamar-dramatic-unity-in-good-kid-m-a-a-d-city-2495454626.html.

Artistic / Performance

Audio recording
  1. Guess, Wynton; Wynton Kelly Stone Guess (Producer). 2016. "Sinking Through Midnight: A Monodrama". In Sinking Through Midnight: A Monodrama.
Musical composition
  1. Guess, Wynton. J-Walking. Kelly Stone, 2020.
  2. Guess, Wynton. Noir In Blue. 2017.
  3. Guess, Wynton. Nayvadius. 2016.
  4. Guess, Wynton. If You Were Here. 2015.
Sound design
  1. Dolores, Wynton Kelly Stone Guess (Writer / Producer). 2020. Raquelaria.

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2018/04/25 - Current Classical Music Fest Vale de Cambra (2018/04/25 - 2018/04/29)
Festival (Other)
Câmara Municipal de Vale de Cambra , Portugal


2014 Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award
The Boston Conservatory, United States
2014 BPYO Young Composer’s Initiative
Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, United States
2008 Wynton Kelly Jazz Foundation Award of Excellence
Wynton Kelly Jazz Foundation, United States