A soloist with regular recital and concerto appearances, a keen chamber musician and orchestral player, André Gaio Pereira is a Portuguese violinist residing in London.
André was nominated Young Musician of the Year in Portugal in 2017 and consequently performed Shostakovich Violin Concerto in A minor with Gulbenkian Orchestra live for national television and radio. He has also appeared with Metropolitana Orchestra and Algarve Orchestra and this season will make his debut with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra amongst other major orchestras in Portugal.
The highest graduand at the Royal Academy of Music 2015/16, André obtained 1st in Young Artists Competition in Portugal in 2017 and 2nd prize and Bach Prize at Vasco Barbosa Competition in 2016. He has attended masterclasses with Igor Oistrakh, Maxim Vengerov, Zakhar Bron, Anna Chumachenko and Gyorgy Pauk, and took part in the prestigious Kronberg Masterclasses (2011) and the IMS Prussia Cove (2016).
As a chamber musician André has appeared at the Wigmore Hall and the Cadogan Hall as the 1st violinist of the Tagus Quartet and in collaborations with the Nash Ensemble and the Doric Quartet. He was also invited for festivals such as Harmos, Mendelssohn on Mull, Oxford Lieder Festival, Marvão International Music Festival and Festa da Música.
André is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Levon Chilingirian. At the Academy he has led the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov and Edward Gardner. He also appears with the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.
He is generously supported in his studies by the ABRSM, Help Musicians UK, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.