Tiago Vicente

Tiago Miguel de Carvalho Vicente was born in Lisbon in 1983. He started his musical studies at the age of six having studied with several teachers that helped in his early formative years.

At age 14 he entered the National Conservatory’s Music School where he pursued his guitar studies with Carlos Alberto Ramos Lopes. During this period his work was strongly recognised by the other guitar teachers of the institution.

In 2002 he enrolled at the Piaget Institute in the Guitar Degree, studying with Dejan Ivanovich. In this University he played in several chamber music groups directed by professors Filipe Pinto Ribeiro and Vasco Gouveia, performing with those same groups in a number of halls throughout the country, namely the Palácio Foz and Covento dos Capuchos.

In 2007 he finished his Teaching Degree having realized his Traineeship in that same year in Tomar at the Escola de Musica Canto Firme.

In 2008 he began his Master’s Degree in Guitar Interpretation at the Évora University also with Dejan Ivanovich, which he is currently concluding.

Alongside his academic studies he has performed in concerts, solo recitals, with orchestra and in several chamber music groups in prestigious concert halls.

In July 2009 Tiago Vicente was awarded second prize in the 6th Leiria International Guitar Competition, a competition integrated in the 27th Leiria Music Festival.

He has also participated in many masterclasses in international festivals. He has attended courses with guitarists such as Carlo Marchione, Marco Socias, Costas Cotsiolis, Darko Petrinjak, Joaquín Clerch, Michalis Kontaxakis, Alvaro Pierri, Serafín Arriaza, Hubert Kappel, etc.

He is also presently a guitar teacher at the Cascais Conservatory of Music and at the D.Bosco Musical Centre.

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Allan Petker

Allan Robert Petker is a published composer and arranger with over 250 published works with numerous publishing houses. His conducting books, “Choral Questions and Answers” Vols. I, II, III, IV and V, have become staples in school curriculum and for secondary resource material. His crusade to offer a cure for musical illiteracy culminated in the publication of the ADVANCE learning series. As a composer for hire he has written original scores for live performance and has penned a number of original T.V. commercials which have appeared on the CNBC network. Allan holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from California State University at Northridge in music, specializing in viola (BA), voice and choral conducting (MA).

Allan has been involved in the choral music publishing industry for many years. In 1977 he became the Director of Publications for Fred Bock Music Company and subsidiaries, and is currently the Vice President of Publications. In 1989 he established his own company, Pavane Publishing, and later added John Rich Music Press to his portfolio.

As a conductor, Allan frequently serves as a guest clinician or conductor for publishers, choral societies, church festivals, state honor choirs and colleges. In the summer of 1994 he formed Consort Chorale, an ensemble of 50 auditioned voices from the San Francisco Bay area, which maintains an on-going concert series. In 2004 he became the Conductor and Artistic Director for the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, an 80-voice ensemble that performs a subscription concert season with orchestra. In September of 2015 Allan became the conductor of the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, a 60-voice auditioned choral ensemble based in Torrance. His chorales have toured Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and Argentina and are preparing for a trip to South Africa. Allan is a past President of the National Association of Church Musicians.

Since 1989 Allan has been a clinician in two summer church music conferences at Lake Tahoe, one for church choir singers, “Summer Sing” and another for church choir directors, “Tuning @ Tahoe.”

As an instrumentalist, Allan has done free-lance studio work and occasional concert playing. You may even catch him playing jazz violin and viola at a local pub, one of his favorite things to do.

Allan is married to Kimberly Ayers, and they live in San Pedro, CA and worship at the First Presbyterian Church, where Allan also directs the choir. He has two grown children, Joshua Petker, a rising L.A. (visual) artist, and Elyce Petker, who works in publishing, and a recent addition to the Petker family, the first grandchild, Isabella.

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David Thye

David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, lecturer and clinician.  While inspiring excellence through discipline and musical integrity, Dr. Thye consistently delivers cutting-edge “live” performances with sincerity, focus and enthusiasm.

Dr. Thye is the Robert L. Burton chair of graduate conducting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and music director and conductor of the Master Chorale (the principal chorus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra).  In addition to his work with Southwestern, Thye is principal associate conductor with MidAmerica Productions in NYC.  Prior to his present posts, he was director of choral activities at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, the University of Montana in Missoula, and the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

Having received his B.A. degree in music education and voice from the University of Sioux Falls, Thye began his teaching career as a public school choral director. He earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has studied with such noted teachers as Eph Ehly, Weston Noble, Margaret Hillis, Don Moses, Glenn Block, Ron Nelson, Rod Walker and many others.

Under Thye’s baton, various high school, collegiate and professional choral organizations have been selected to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City and other premier concert halls and venues across the nation.  Dr. Thye continues to be active as a conductor of music festivals.  In recognition of his outstanding success, the University of Sioux Falls presented him with its Alumni Pacesetter Award.

With over 35 years of leadership experience in music, Thye has conducted and managed numerous music and drama organizations, from elementary-age to professional-based ensembles—encompassing such varied genres as jazz, symphonic works, musical theatre, opera and oratorio.  At ease with conducting instrumentalists or vocalists, orchestras or choirs, he thrives at combining musical forces in performance and has conducted most of the major choral works in the repertory.

As an advocate for outstanding sacred music, Dr. Thye has been a significant force for musical excellence in the church.  He has been director of music and worshipin several churches with weekly attendance ranging up to 5,000 people. These churches include First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, Kansas, and Grace Community Church in Tempe, Arizona.  Thye presently serves as the worship arts pastor at First Baptist Church in Justin, Texas.

Critics acclaim his “virtuosity as a conductor.”  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram hailed one of his performances stating, “Handel’s Messiah as performed by the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra… was masterful on all fronts.  But, while most performances of this oratorio are judged by the amount of thunder they bring…, the quality of this rendition might have been best revealed by how conductor David R. Thye handled quiet passages.  Because, in addition to the heavens-rattling tonsil-wagging… that makes the work so compelling, there is also pause.  There were several moments when Thye and the huge sound of his 130 singers… were cut off so cleanly that it felt like a vacuum had been created in the hall.  Thye cherished silence for seconds that seemed like days before bringing the voices back with a joyful blast.  The breath-taking precision of these moments spoke to how well the chorus and orchestra were prepared and to Thye’s control over the work.  And Thye’s interpretation was so carefully structured and spacious that it allowed the audience to enjoy details such as the typically overlooked contributions of the ensemble’s double basses… and the inspiring trumpets… in particular.  It was a… Messiah that offered the flash of virtuosity!”  (Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas).

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Peter Tiboris

Peter Tiboris Named “Honorary and Distinguished Citizen” of Syros, Greece, by Mayor Yannis Dekavallas

On July 9, 2012, at the opening of the 2012 Festival of the Aegean, Festival Director Peter Tiboris was publicly honored by Syros’ Mayor Yannis Dekavallas and its Governing Council with the City Award, “Epistimi Tis Politis Tis Syros.” The award was presented to Mr. Tiboris because of the growth and development of the Festival, which he founded in 2005.The award and proclamation were presented prior to the opening night performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Apollo Theater.

Greek American conductor, music director, and producer Peter Tiboris has enjoyed a worldwide career for more than forty years of which the past thirty have been in New York City as founder and artistic director of MidAmerica Productions, which has produced concerts in Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (now called David Geffen Hall), and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; performances series in Vienna, Austria, and Florence, Italy; and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. Maestro Tiboris is also the founder of the Manhattan Philharmonic, Elysium Recordings, and most recently, MidAm International.

Since 1983 in New York City, he has presented more than 1300 concerts worldwide, 1000 in New York, and more than 550 on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, and conducted many of them. He is also Music Director of the Pan-European Philharmonia, in Warsaw, Poland, and Principal Guest Conductor of Collegium Symphonium Veneto in Padua, Italy. He made his European conducting debut on July 1, 1983, in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, with the Moscow Philharmonia as part of the Dubrovnik Festival; and his New York conducting debut on January 7, 1984, with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center.

He has conducted in 24 countries, among them Mexico; Russia, in St. Petersburg and Moscow at Column Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Shostakovich Hall; Great Britain, in London at the Barbican and Royal Festival Hall; Austria, at Vienna’s Konzerthaus; Poland, in 11 different cities including Warsaw; Czech Republic, in Prague’s Rudolfinium and Smetana Hall with Virtuosi di Praga and the North Czech Philharmonic; Italy, at Teatro di Roma, Teatro Filarmonica di Verona, Regio di Parma, and 20 other locations; Portugal; Turkey; and Egypt, at Cairo’s National Opera House. Among the distinguished orchestras he has conducted are the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Oxford’s Philomusica, Niedersächsische Orchester Hannover, the Prague and Brno philharmonics, National Opera Orchestra of Cairo, American Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Société Philharmonique de Montréal, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le-Zion, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Orchestra di Siciliana di Palermo. In March 2016, he made his Asian conducting debut with the Macau Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus in Macau, China. Maestro Tiboris has conducted nearly every major choral work as well as countless symphonic works, selected operas, and ballet.

On his Carnegie Hall series, he has showcased hundreds of guest conductors and thousands of visiting ensembles who have come from throughout the world. As a conductor on his series, he has presented hundreds of works with numerous and significant world and American premieres, including works by Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven/Mahler, Taneyev, Cherubini, and Theodorakis. The concerts have been hailed by The New York TimesNew York Daily NewsNew York Post, and The New Yorker.

He is also responsible for the founding and development of Elysium Recordings which has released 30 recordings of which he can be heard on 10 of those. Most recordings in the Elysium catalog are premiere and first-time commercial releases.

He created the International Festival of the Aegean on the idyllic island of Syros, in the Aegean, Cyclades, Greece in 2005. Each July he presents performances of opera, oratorios, concerti, symphonic works, Greek folk music, jazz, theater, and ballet – all on an international scale. 2018 marks the 14th Festival of the Aegean. The central venue of the festival is the historic Apollo Theater, also known as “la piccola Scala” because it is a 400-seat replica of Milan’s world-renowned Teatro alla Scala. The theater was built by resident Italians in 1864.

In 2013, he founded MidAm International, Inc. as a producer of concerts in Europe. Since then, MidAm International has presented concerts in Paris, Vienna, Florence, and Syros, with concerts slated in 2019 for Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Lisbon, Porto, Florence, Verona, Venice, Prague, Berlin, and Syros.

Peter Tiboris studied music at the University of Wisconsin and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois, but he credits his move to New York City 30 years ago as the most important event in his musical and professional life.

He is married to soprano Eilana Lappalainen, and they reside in Germany, Greece, and the U.S.

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Rui Baeta

Rui Baeta, born in Faro, studied music and singing at the Conservatório Regional do Algarve with Ana Esther, at the Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa with Filomena Amaro, at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with Luis Madureira, at the Academie Francis Poulenc (France) with François LeRoux, at the Mozarteum Akademie (Austria) with Richard Miller and Chamber Music at the Fondation Hindemith (Switzerland).

At the age of 18 he started studying History of Arts at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and was admitted to the Gulbenkian Choir where, as a choir singer and soloist for about 10 years, he contacts with the best conductors and orchestras of our time, performing concerts in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, England, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, India, Macau and Japan.

In 1999 he won the 1st Prize of the RTP Young Musicians Contest in Chamber Music Category – Higher Education – with pianist Paul Pacheco, and was a finalist in the Festival and International Singing Contest Channel Mezzo (2008).

As a soloist singer, he performed several recitals and concerts in Portugal and abroad, with the pianists João Paulo Santos, Jeff Cohen, Paul Pacheco, João Vasco, José Manuel Brandão and Ruben Alves, performing classical songs (lieder and melodies) by composers Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, Fauré, Ravel, Duparc, Poulenc, Falla, Lorca, Tomás Borba, Ruy Coelho, Lopes-Graça, Pinho Vargas and Alexandre Delgado. By invitation of orchestras such as Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Nacional do Porto, Cascais e Oeiras, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra das Beiras, Camerata de Lyon, Ensemble D’Arcos, Sinfónica Portuguesa and Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, he presents a vast and stylistically eclectic repertoire in opera and oratorio, among which stand out:
The Magic Flute, Papageno, W. A. Mozart;
La Bohéme, Marcelo, G. Puccini;
I Pagliacci, Silvio, Leoncavallo;
Madama Butterfly, Mr. Sharpless, G. Puccini;
Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Schlemil, J. Offenbach;
Salome, R. Strauss;
Hänsel und Gretel, Vater, Humperdinck;
Fille du Regiment, Hortensius, G. Donizetti;
A Floresta, Sábio Máximo, Eurico Carrapatoso;
El Retablo de Maese Pedro, Don Quixote, M. Falla;
Venus And Adonis, Adonis, J. Blow;
The Three Sisters That Are Not Sisters, Sylvestre, Ned Rorem;
Der Kaiser Von Atlantis, Der Kaiser, Viktor Ullman;
As Variedades de Proteu, Rei Ponto, António Teixeira (released on CD);
O Corvo, Luís Soldado (released on CD);
Cantata Mundi, Rodrigo Leão, Rui Baeta and Ana Margarida Encarnação;
Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, de G. Mahler;
La Risurrezione di Cristo, de L. Perosi;
Triumphs Lied, de Brahms;
Carmina Burana, de Karl Orff;
Reset, Vasco Mendonça;
Ein Deutsches Requiem, Brahms;
Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini;
Requiem, Fauré;
Requiem, Bontempo;
Johannes PassionWeinachts Oratorium de J.S. Bach;
Missa Grande de Marcos de Portugal  (released on CD).

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Eilana Lappalainen

Finnish-Canadian Eilana Lappalainen returns to Carnegie Hall singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Ms. Lappalainen has performed title roles to critical acclaim in the world’s premier opera venues, including Teatro alla Scala, Opera di Roma, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Montréal, Teatro Verdi Trieste, New Israeli Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Polish National Opera, Bergen Opera in Norway, Staatstheater Essen, Prague State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the Bellas Artes in Mexico, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Portland Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Hamilton, Opera Ottawa, Marin Opera, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera San Jose, and in such cities as Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Morioka, Fukuoka, Macau, Peralada, Belluno, Firenze, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Köln, Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, Dessau, Halle, Mannheim, Bremen, Würzburg, Bielefeld, Taluca, Istanbul, Olomouc, Bucharest, Kielce, Katowice, Warsaw, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Bern, and Winterthur.

Her repertoire includes leading roles in Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, Arabella, Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Tiefland, Fidelio, Peter Grimes, Wozzeck, Der Freischütz, Die Fledermaus, Die lustige Witwe, Jenůfa, Giovanna d’Arco, Un ballo in maschera, I masnadieri, La Traviata, Il trovatore, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Medea, Andrea Chénier, Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Suor Angelica, Il tabarro, La fanciulla del West, Turandot, and Tosca. At Carnegie Hall she has sung Verdi’s, Mozart’s, Rutter’s, and Fauré’s Requiems; Mascagni’s Zanetto (an opera gala); Poulenc’s and Vivaldi’s Glorias; the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn; Dvořák’s Te Deum; Haydn’s Mass in Time of War; and a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall. She sang the world premiere of Terre Johnson’s Song of the Captive in Florence. Ms. Lappalainen has sung concerts in California, Florida, Arizona, Belluno, Italy (Calabria), Germany, Finland, Greece, China, Japan, and Mexico. Her recording of Zanetto with Jennifer Larmore was released in 2008, and her solo Mahler CD was released in 2013, both by Elysium  Recordings. Her new CD, “Dramatic Divas,” is in preparation. In past summers she sang the role of Nedda in Pagliacci and the title role of Madama Butterfly in Greece. Upcoming performances in 2019 include her title role debut in Ariadne auf Naxos (Festival of the Aegean, Syros), and concerts Paris, Vienna and Lisbon.

In addition to her international singing career, she is principal artistic director of opera productions and festival manager of the Festival of the Aegean; general and artistic director of the Greek Opera Studio and Berlin Opera Studio; artistic administrator, director of the vocal division at MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International; as well as stage directing for opera studios and also teaching private voice in Berlin.

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Marta Menezes

A regular soloist in Europe and in the United States, Marta Menezes is recognized as a skilled pianist with a broad range of interests and styles. In 2013, she received 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition Nice – Côte D’Azur “Simone Delbert-Février” and won the Beethoven Competition at the Royal College of Music in London. Marta has received several additional awards in international competitions in Portugal, Spain and France.

She has presented recitals as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, in the United States and in Cape Vert. Highlights of recent seasons include her performances at the Chopin Society of Connecticut (USA), at the Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal), at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church (UK) and at the opening concert of the international festival “Lisbon Music Fest”. In 2017, Marta presented a solo tour in six different cities in China, that ended with two sold out concerts in Beijing.

As a soloist, she performed with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orchestre Régional de Cannes, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Symphony Orchestra from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Camerata MusArt, Camerata Amicis, and Student Orchestra at the Jacobs School of Music, under conductors such as Nicolas Simon, Pedro Neves, Nikolay Lalov, Vasco Azevedo, Gareguin Aratiounian, Carlos Silva, and Louis Lohraseb.

Marta is an active performer of Portuguese music. She has premiered several works of Portuguese composers and developed projects dedicated to the dissemination of Portuguese music abroad.

Marta was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor and Distinction – “Medalha de Prata de Valor e Distinção”- by the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, in acknowledgement of her artistic accomplishments, in 2014.

In 2015 she released her first CD with works by Beethoven and the Portuguese composer Lopes-Graça that was awarded the prize Global Music Awards (USA) – Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement, in the categories “Classical Piano” and “Emerging Artist”.

She holds a Bachelor degree from Lisbon Superior School of Music, under Miguel Henriques, and a Master of Music from the same institution, under the tutelage of Miguel Henriques and Jorge Moyano, having completed the course with the highest grade. She completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction, under Dmitri Alexeev, having previously studied with Andrew Ball.

Marta is in the last year of her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under Arnaldo Cohen. She is currently based in Europe, teaching, performing and working on the final document of her degree entitled “Works for Piano and Orchestra by Portuguese Composers”.

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Filipe Quaresma

Filipe Quaresma (1980), is “… one of the most interesting Portuguese musicians of today” (Jornal Público) and has a “…. precise and superbly articulated way of playing, full of passion and quite contemplative …” (The Strad Magazine).
Conciliate his intense solo career and chamber music with the activity of cello teacher at ESMAE – IPP, the place of first cello in the Baroque Orchestra Casa da Música (CdM) and Darcos Ensemble, the Remix Ensemble CdM, the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble and the Orchester Révolutionnaire et Romantique with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
He has performed in very important venues such as Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Foundation, CCB, New York Carnegie Hall, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Zürich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, ​​working with the most prestigious Portuguese and foreign musicians.
He studied at EPABI (Covilhã, Portugal) with Rogério Peixinho, at the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK) with David Strange and Mats Lidström, and at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Firenze, Italy) with Natalia Gutman. Throughout his career he has had the honor of working with the most prestigious cellists, either academically or professionally: Eliaz Arizcuren, Márcio Carneiro, Colin Carr, Frans Helmerson, Anssi Karttunen, Paulo Gaio Lima, Maria de Macedo, Zara Nelsova, Luís Sá Person, Jian Wang, among others.
He has won several prizes and scholarships of national and international prestige, including the ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) award in 2010.
His discography is extensive, always with the best critics, highlighting “Sonatas for cello and piano” (2017) with pianist António Rosado and the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Luís Tinoco (ODRADEK 2018), recorded live on his debut at CCB in 2017.
Filipe Quaresma plays with a violoncello by Christian Bayon and a baroque cello by António Capela.

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Mariano García

“Mature concertmaster, deep and sensitive. An artist in fullness.”
“Mariano García is endowed with that characteristic personality that distinguishes the best instrumentalists”. – Justo Romero
Versatile musician, Mariano García has the ability to sound different in each work he performs, taking care of the particularities of each score without losing his own personality.
Mariano García has developed his career in a triple facet: as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as an orchestra musician, all of them enriching each other.
He has performed concerts in the main cities of Spain, France and Italy, performing in venues such as the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Palau de la Música in Valencia or the Zaragoza Auditorium. He has worked with directors such as Zubin Mehta, Juanjo Mena, Pinchas Steinberg or Fabio Biondi, and has participated in festivals such as the Autumn Musical Soriano, the International Festival of Cagnes-sur-Mer or the International Music Festival of Deià.
As a soloist he has interpreted the main works written for cello and orchestra, from Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 to Beethoven’s triple, including concerts by Schumann, Saint-Saëns or Dvorak or Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.
Passionate about chamber music, he was a founding member of the Mendelssohn Trio, with which he won the National Music Chamber Award for Musical Youth of Spain, and is currently a member of the Rebek Trio, which regularly performs with a collection of Stradivarius donated by the prestigious Parisian luthier Claude Lebet.
He has recorded for the EMI label the integral music for cello solo, and cello with piano by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Educated with professors such as Lluís Claret and Asier Polo, he studied music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia, obtaining the highest grades in cello and chamber music. He has received advisory from artists such as Mirolslav Rostropovich, Charles Tunell and Stefan Popov.
Currently he combines his activity in recitals and as a soloist with orchestra with his work as a soloist teacher of the Orchestra of Valencia, and with chamber music projects.

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Jorge Nava

The admiration of the specialized critics and the esteem of the public reaffirm Jorge Nava as one of the greatest promises of the Spanish piano scene.
Born in Santander, he began his musical studies with Irina Efanova at the National Conservatory of Music of Bolivia. Subsequently, he studied with Stanislav Pochekin at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona and with Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music of London.
During his career he has received financial assistance from Obra Social “La Caixa”, the Botín Foundation, the Association of Performers of Spain, the Conservatory of the Liceu and the Royal College of Music.
He has participated in various Masterclass with great pianists such as Boris Berman, Nino Kereselidze, Mikhail Voskresensky, Lang Lang, Natalia Trull, Michel Beroff, Jacques Rouvier and Joaquín Soriano, among others.
Jorge has been awarded numerous prizes internationally, among which standing out: Intercentros Melómano, Concurso Infanta Cristina, Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales, Ibiza International Competition, Manhattan International Competition, International Competition “María Canals”, International Competition “Premio Iturbi”, International Competition “Premio Jaén” and International Competition “Santa Cecilia”, among others.
As a soloist he has collaborated with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, Liceu Conservatory Orchestra, Orchestra and Choir of RTVE, Orquesta Filarmonía de Madrid, Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia, Orchestra of Valencia, Orchestra City of Granada, Orchestra of the Atlantic Coast and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin. He has given recitals in venues such as the Palau de la Música Catalana, National Auditorium of Music, Manuel de Falla Auditorium, Palace of Festivals, Casa da Música and Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, and in countries like Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Holland, Portugal, England, Italy and Malta.
He has participated in prestigious cycles and festivals such as the International Festival of
Santander, Festival de Segovia, Spanish Music Festival of Cádiz, Musical Autumn Soriano, Festival of Úbeda, International Music Festival of Medellín, Félix Festival Mendelssohn and Festival des Lumieres, among others.
As a chamber musician he is a founding member of the Trio Bruckner and the Casablanca Trio.
He has shared the stage with musicians such as Alexander Rudin, Mariano García, Aliya Vodovozova, Trio Bacarisse, Breton Quartet and Cosmos Quartet, among others.
His first album “Russian Portraits”, published by Orpheus Classical, includes works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. His performances have been reproduced by RNE, Catalunya Music, TVE and TV3.

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Xavier Ribeiro

André Xavier Cruz Ribeiro began his musical studies at the age of 7 at the Antas-Esposende Volunteer Firefighters Band Association School, with professor Gonçalo Jaques.

In 2002 he joined the Viana do Castelo Professional School of Music (EPMVC), where he began his trombone studies with Feliciano Morales, Fernando Baptista and finally with Gonçalo Dias. At EPMVC he worked with national and international renowned conductors such as Miguel del Castillo, Javier Viceiro, Ernest Schelle, Josep Vicent, Kevin Wauldron, Osvaldo Ferreira, Julián Lombana, Paulo Benardino, Vasco Pearce de Azevedo, Roberto Perez and Paulo Martins.

He participated in trombone masterclasses with Simon Cowen, Jarret Butler, Alberto Urretxo Zubillaga, Severo Martinez, Hugo Assunção, Jon Etterbeek, Rui Fernandes, and chamber music workshops with Pierre Dutot and Olga Prats.

He attended the APROARTE Wind Orchestra in 2007 under direction of Kevin Wauldron, being selected on the following year for APROARTE Symphonic Orchestra’s XI National Internship, under the direction of Ernst Schelle.

In 2008 he joined ESMAE (Superior School of Music and Performing Arts – Porto) with Severo Martinez and David Silva as trombone pedagogues. During this period he contacted with musicians such as Sérgio Carolino and António Saiote. Besides ESMAE wind and symphonic orchestras, he collaborated with ESMAE Big Band, under the direction of Pedro Guedes and Paulo Perfeito. He also attended jazz workshops given by George Colligan (piano), Michael Blake (tenor), Jaleel Shaw (alto), Josh Ginsburg (bass) aand Ej Sticklan (drums) – the “George Colligan Quintet” at “Guimarães Jazz 2009”, and Ralph Alessi (trumpete), Tony Malaby (tenor), Mark Ferber (drums), Drew Gress (bass) and Andy Milne (piano) at “Guimarães Jazz 2011”.

After graduating from ESMAE in 2011, he joined a Jazz Graduation at ESML (Lisbon Superior School of Music) with the jazz trombonist Lars Arens. Since then, he has collaborated with the Hot Club Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Pedro Moreira and Luís Cunha, with whom he shared the stage with names such as Mário Laginha, Chris Kase, Rainer Tempel, John Ellis, Joe Lovano and Miguel Zenon. In 2013 he took part on “Dance Ballerina, Dance” a National Ballet Company’s production, with Clara Adermatt’s choreography, music by João Lucas and Pedro Moreira’s musical direction. He also worked with several projects like “Reunion Big Jazz Band” with Johannes Krieger direction and recording their album “Oija”, and the “Tora Tora Big Band” under the artistic direction of Lars Arens. He also took part on the orchestra that accompanied the renown saxophonist Benny Golson upon his tour through Portugal in 2014. In 2015 he recorded with “L.A. Banda Larga”, a jazz orchestra project lead by Lars Arens.

He has been invited for Cascais and Oeiras Chamber and Symphonic Orchestra’s programs since 2017.

He teaches in Caldas da Rainha Conservatoire since 2014.

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Trio Adamastor

With Francisco Henriques on the violin, Pedro Massarrão on the cello and José Pedro Ribeiro on piano, the Trio Adamastor was formed in the midst of Paulo Pacheco’s Chamber Music Class at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

In addition to being guided from the beginning by Paulo Pacheco, the Trio has also had the opportunity to work with teachers such as Miguel Henriques, José Massarrão and Paulo Gaio Lima.

To date, the Trio has performed in several rooms throughout the country, including the Auditório Vianna da Motta, the Cascais Cultural Center and the Casa da Música, always trying to interpret repertoire stretching from the ages of W. A. Mozart to the more contemporary authors such as Arvo Pärt and Vasco Mendonça.

Trio Adamastor was recently awarded the first prize in the category of Chamber Music (Senior level) of the Prémio Jovens Músicos.

Francisco Henriques

He began his musical studies at the age of six, with Gareguin Aroutiounian as his violin teacher. During this time he continued to maintain a regular choral activity.

In Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa he is currently attending the 2nd year of Master’s Degree in Violin Teaching and the 3rd year of Bachelor’s degree in Lyric Singing with his voice teacher Sílvia Mateus. He is also participating in different groups of the Escola superior de Música from which the most relevant are the ensemble of the Opera Studio and the Camerata Gareguin Aroutiounian.

He has also dedicated himself with great interest to Chamber Music and won in the edition of 2017 of the Prémio Jovens Músicos the first prize in the category of Chamber Music (Senior Level). Francisco Henriques performed in this competition with Pedro Massarrão on the cello and José Pedro Ribeiro on the piano as part of the Trio Adamastor.

Francisco Henriques has performed with the rest Trio Adamastor and as a soloist on the violin and singing in different halls such as CCB, Palácio da Foz, Convento do Carmo, Igreja de São Roque, Ajuda National Palace, Auditório Vianna da Motta, S. Luis, Casa da Música and the Great Hall of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Pedro Massarrão

He began his musical studies in 2003 in the class of Teresa Portugal at the Music School of the National Conservatory. In 2011, he continued his studies with Sofia Gomes joining in 2013 Luís Sá Pessoa’s class. He attended several masterclasses with cellists such as Paulo Gaio Lima, Michel Strauss, Levon Mouradian and Susanne Müller-Hornbach. He finished high school at EMCN and is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in Escola Superior de Música.

José Pedro Ribeiro

José Pedro Ribeiro, born in 1995, began his musical studies at the age of 11 at the Music Academy of the Sociedade Filarmónica de Vizela. He completed the complementary piano course at the Academia de Música Valentim Moreira de Sá having worked with Ingrid Sotolarova.

He performed in several masterclasses with pianists such as Miguel Borges Coelho, Luís Filipe Sá, Ana Raquel Rosa and was advised by Christian A. Pohl, Luis Pipa, Sofia Lourenço and Madalena Soveral.

Abroad, he performed at the Antonin Dvorak Sal in the Czech Republic and in Portugal at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon, at Casa da Música in Oporto, at the Great Hall of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and at Centro Cultural de Cascais. He was also invited to participate on the 1st International Piano Festival of Amarante.

In 2017, he won the 1st prize (Senior Level) on the Póvoa de Varzim Piano Competition and the 1st prize in the chamber music (Senior Level) category on the Prémio Jovens Músicos with the Trio Adamastor.

He has recorded several times for Antena 2. Currently, he is finishing his bachelor’s Degree as part of the class of the pianist and teacher Miguel Henriques.

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Marta Queiroz

Marta Queiroz Ribeiro was born in 1992 in Braga. She began her musical studies at the age of 13 at Academia de Música e Artes de Vila Nova de Famalicão – Arteduca, playing violin with Elisabete Gomes and viola with Manuel Costa . Marta moved to Lisbon in 2011 to study Musicology at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In the following year she applies to Conservatório Nacional, where she completes Classical Singing Course with professor Manuela de Sá.

Marta was a member of Ensemble Pictórico – acapella quintet – that took part of 29.º Prémio Jovens Músicos da RTP | Antena2, a competition for young musicians in Baroque Music Category, qualified for the finals. As soloist singer she performed ‘Sorceress’ at the opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’, at Conservatório Nacional, in 2016. She also participated in 2017, as a member of ECCE Ensemble in International Folk Song Choral Festival, em Kaili – Guizhou, China and 14th China Inner Mongolia Grassland Culture Festival and International Federation for Choral Music “Sound From the Silk Road” Choral Festival, em Hohhot – Inner Mongolia.

As for masterclasses and private lessons, Marta worked with Pierre Mak, Ivone Mynton, Sasja Hunnego, Lúcia Lemos and Paulo Ferreira and studies currently with João Lourenço. She is a member of the Gulbenkian Choir since September 2017. In October 2018 performed Alto soloist on Rachmaninov’s Vespers, reviewed on media as: ‘(…) rich timbre and flawless emission impressed favourably (…)’ [Manuel Pedro Ferreira, Público, 15.Out.2018]

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Ana Ferraz

Born in Maia (Portugal), Ana Ferraz began her musical studies at the Music Conservatory of Maia under the guidance of Marco Pereira. In 2010, she continued her studies with the same professor at the Professional Art School of Vale do Ave, ARTAVE. She completed her studies being awarded the Most Outstanding Wind instrument player, and performing solo with the Artave Symphony Orchestra.

She attended masterclasses with some of the worlds finest musicians, including Júlia Gállego, Herman van Kogelenberg, Patrick Gallois, Sarah Rumer, Adam Walker, and Emmanuel Pahud.

Ana performed with many orchestras, including The Orchester Animato Foundation, The National Orchestra of Lyon and Lyon Opera House, and worked with national and international renowned conductors, such as Howard Williams, Pierre Bleuse, Thierry Fischer, Fabrice Pierre, Peter Csaba and Lorenzo Viotti, among others.

Ana Ferraz has been a multiple prizewinner in several prestigious competitions, notably with the 1st prize in the “14th International Santa Cecília Music Contest”, 1st prize at the “Jastrzebie-Zdroj International Flute Competition” in Poland, and the 1st prize with unanimity of the jury in the “20.º Concurso de Interpretação do Estoril”.

In 2013, she was admitted to the Haute École de Musique de Genève in the class of Professor Michel Bellavance,  where she finished her degree with the highest honors.

On July 2018 Ana finished her Master’s degree in performance from the Conservatoire National Supérieur De Musique et Danse de Lyon with Julien Beaudiment, with the highest honors and congratulations from the jury. She is currently pursuing her post-graduation degree from the ESMUC in Barcelona with Vicens Prats.

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Michael Rische

Michael Rische is part of a small group of musicians who consistently enrich the music scene with their research on the field of interpretation. By recording the piano concertos of Beethoven (No. 3 in C Major) and Mozart (No. 20 in D Minor), the pianist has also taken an unusual path: these are the only recordings that give the listener a choice between cadences from different epochs.

His commitment to the music of the twentieth century, however, quite clearly marks a contrast to his work on earlier repertoire: the original or first premieres of piano concertos by George Antheil (2001, London) and Erwin Schulhoff (1993, Augsburg), as well as recordings of other works in the “jazzy” style by Copland, Honegger, Gershwin and Ravel, have gained him an international reputation.

After recording works from Johann Sebastian Bach until contemporary composers on his album “Variations on B-A-C-H”, Michael Rische has been working with growing success on reaffirming into the music scene the nearly forgotten piano concertos by J.S.Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel. Since 2011, he has been causing a stir with his recordings so far, and the media has been enthusiastically commenting on his recordings. During C.P.E. Bach’s anniversary year of 2014, there was a Europe-wide live broadcast by the MDR in Leipzig featuring two of his piano concertos.

Michael Rische, born in Leverkusen, studied in Düsseldorf with Max Martin Stein (piano) and Milko Kelemen (composition). He received additional major inspiration from Rudolf Serkin, Pierre Boulez and Nicolaus Harnoncourt.

His cooperation with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Yuri Simonow, Christoph Poppen, Grant Llewellyn, Michael Boder and Wayne Marshal, as well as orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra London have opened up for him concert halls of Europe, Israel, the USA and China. Michael Rische was Artist in Residence at the international Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau.

His twenty CDs as a soloist with EMI, Universal, Sony, and Hänssler CLASSIC testify to his repertoire. On his recent recording he plays with the Berlin Barock Soloists, the chamber orchestra of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Furthermore, Michael Rische teaches as professor at the Cologne academy of music.

The first time he played a piano concerto from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was in March 2009 with the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra.

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Mariusz Smolij

MARIUSZ SMOLIJ is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. Frequent recording artist for NAXOS International, he has been consistently gaining international critical acclaim including praises by the New York Times for “compelling performances”. Maestro Smolij led over 120 orchestras in 27 countries on five continents appearing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of the world. In North America he conducted the Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of the Chicago Lyric Opera, St. Louis Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, New Orleans Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. Internationally, he enjoys notable reputation appearing with important orchestras of Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, Israel, South Africa, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Poland. The engagements include a collaboration with the Berner Symphony, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Switzerland (CD recording and series of concerts including the Tonhalle in Zürich); performances with Sinfonia Rotterdam, Florence Chamber Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Orchestre Lamoureux-Paris, Jena Philharmonic and Kiel Philharmonic in Germany, Belgrade Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic, Bogota Philharmonic in Columbia, Johannesburg Philharmonic in South Africa, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw National Philharmonic as well as leading orchestras in his native country of Poland.
Maestro Smolij served previously as Resident Conductor of the Houston Symphony, associate conductor of the New Jersey Symphony, Artistic Director of Wrocław Lutosławski Philharmonic. He is currently Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana, Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey as well Artistic Director of Toruń Symphony Orchestra in Poland.

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Lisboa Cantat Symphonic Choir

Founded on December 13, 1977 at Freg. S. Mamede in Lisbon under the name of Coral Caminhos Novos, is currently considered one of the best choirs in the country. It has been directed by Maestro Jorge Alves since 1986.

Lisboa Cantat was the associate choir of Centro Cultural de Belém during 2010/11 season.

Works performed: Schönberg’s Gürrelieder at CCB with the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Choir and the Fundação Callouste Gulbenkian Choir, 9th Symphony, Solemnis Mass, Mass in C Major and Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt by Beethoven, Carmina Burana by Orff, Poulenc’s Gloria, German Requiem by J. Brahms, Requiem by Mozart, Requiem by G. Fauré, The Sea Symphony by V. Williams, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s 2nd Symphony, Duruflé’s Requiem, The Seasons, The Creation, and Nelson and St. Teresa Masses  from J. Haydn, Oktober Kantata by Prokofiev, Cantata para un silencio by Daniel Schvetz, Requiem by Eurico Carrapatoso, Gloria from Poulenc, Elixir of Love by G. Donizetti, Cantata Verbum Caro and Popular Oratory by Nuno Côrte-Real, Handel’s Messiah, and Stabat Mater and Petite Messe by G.Rossini.

It performed at the most important concert halls in Portugal: Culturgest Grand Auditorium, Centro Cultural de Belém, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos. Aula Magna, Pavilhão Atlântico, Sala Suggia from Casa da Música, Teatro S. Luiz, Sé de Lisboa, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Mosteiro de Alcobaça and Basílica de Mafra among many others.

It performed with orchestras such as the portuguese Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Clássica do Sul, Orquestra do Norte, Sinfonietta de Lisboa, Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil, Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa, Orquestra de Câmara da GNR and Orquestra Académica da Metropolitana, and the foreigner orchestras Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Spanish Philharmonic Orchestra, Timisoara Orchestra and Sinfonia Warsaw Orchestra.

The Lisboa Cantat Symphonic Choir has been conducted by Nicholas Kraemer, Dirk Brossé, Martin Andre, Mark Tardue, Michael Zilm, Vasco Azevedo, Theodor Guschlbauer, Zoltan Peskó, Jose Cura, Dmitri Jurowsky, Olivier Cuendet, Kodo Yamaguishi, Cesário Costa, Osvaldo Ferreira, Brian Schembri, Donato Renzetti, Christopher Bochmann, Nuno Côrte-Real, António Vassalo Lourenço and Pedro Carneiro.

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Pedro Burmester

Pedro Burmester was born in Porto. He was a student of Helena Costa for ten years, having finished the Superior Piano Course of the Conservatory of Porto with 20 values ​​in 1981. Later, he moved to the United States where he worked with Sequeira Costa, Leon Fleisher and Dmitry Paperno between 1983 and 1987. In parallel, he attended several masterclasses with pianists like Karl Engel, Vladimir Ashkenazi, T. Nocolaieva and E. Leonskaja. Still very young, he was awarded prizes in several contests, including the Moreira de Sá Prize, the 2nd Vianna da Motta Prize and the special jury prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in the United States.

He started the concert activity at the age of 10 and since then he has performed more than 1,000 times between solo and chamber music concerts and concerts with orchestra in Portugal and abroad. Participated in all Portuguese music festivals. La Rocca d’Anthéron, Salle Gaveau, Flanders Festival, Frick Collection and 92nd Y in New York, Cologne Philharmonia, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Beethoven House in Bonn and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

He collaborated with Manuel Ivo Cruz, Miguel Graça Moura, Álvaro Cassuto, Omri Hadari, Gabriel Chmura, Muhai Tang, Lothar Zagrosek, Michael Zilm, Frans Brüggen, Georg Solti, Leopold Hager, Baldur Brönnimann and Peter Rundel. He also dedicated himself to chamber music. He had a duo with the pianist Mário Laginha a few years ago and performed with the violinists Gerardo Ribeiro and Thomas Zehetmair, with the cellists Anner Bylsma and Paulo Gaio Lima and the clarinetist António Saiote. He formed a group of pianos and percussions that has performed with great success in Portugal. He performed in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Brazil, United States, South Africa, Canada and Australia where he toured with the prestigious Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Pedro Burmester’s discography includes three solo CDs with works by Bach, Schumann and Schubert, one in duo with Mário Laginha and three recordings with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. In 1998 a solo CD was published with works by Chopin. In 1999 he recorded the ten sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven with the violinist Gerardo Ribeiro. In 2007, together with Bernardo Sassetti and Mário Laginha, he edited the CD and DVD “3 Pianos”, recorded live at the Centro Cultural de Belém. In 2010 the Sonata was published in Lá major D. 959 by Franz Schubert and the Symphonic Studies op . 13 of Schumann.

In 2013, he debuted at the Casa da Música in a double disc recital in January 2015. In that same year, on the same stage, he embraced the challenge of performing the five concerts for piano and orchestra of Beethoven with the Porto Casa Symphony Orchestra from music. The following year he resumed his collaboration with the pianist Mário Laginha, with whom he recorded the album “Duetos” (1994).

He was Artistic and Education Director at Casa da Música, a project he helped create and implement. Currently, in addition to his artistic activity, he is a professor at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto.

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Christopher Bochmann

Christopher Bochmann (born 1950) was a chorister at St. George´s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and then went on to Radley College. He studied privately with Nadia Boulanger in Paris before going up to New College, Oxford, where he worked with David Lumsden, Kenneth Leighton and Robert Sherlaw Johnson.  He was also a pupil of Richard Rodney Bennett in London.

He taught in various schools in Britain (Cranborne Chase School and Yehudi Menuhin School) and in Brazil (Escola de Música de Brasília). Since 1980, he has lived and worked in Portugal. He taught in various music schools in Lisbon including the Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa and the Conservatório Nacional. From 1984 to 2006, he worked at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, of which he was Director for six years (1995-2001) and Head of Composition for sixteen. He is a full professor of the University of Évora, where he was Head of the Music Department (2007-2013) and Dean of the School of the Arts for eight years (2009-2017).

Since 1984, he has conducted the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil (Lisbon Youth Orchestra), with which he has given concerts all over Portugal and with which he has also recorded three CDs of his own works.

As a composer he has won a number of important prizes including the Lili Boulanger Award (twice) and the Clements Memorial Prize. In 1999, he received the degree of Doctor of Music from Oxford University. In 2004 he was awarded a Medal of Cultural Merit by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture. In 2005, he was awarded an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen.

His works include music for almost all genres, with a special accent on Chamber Music. His musical style went through a phase of considerable complexity and made much use of aleatoric procedures. In recent years, his works have become somewhat simpler, thus following certain aspects of a post-modernist trend without resorting to neo-tonality. In his vocal music, he is especially interested in exploring both phonetic and semantic aspects of the text. All of his music shows a concern with the relativity of the way in which we hear and appreciate sound, in an attempt to make compositional processes and structuring techniques increasingly closely based on intrinsically musical and fundamentally audible criteria. In addition to an extensive list of original works covering almost all genres, Christopher Bochmann has made many orchestrations and arrangements.

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Santiago Medina Gutiérrez

Santiago Medina Gutiérrez was born in 1990 in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. He began his viola studies at 8 years old in the Professional Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Victoria Mena, with whom he finished the high school. In 2008 he joined the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands in the class of Professor Macarena Pesutic, where he finished his Bachelor degree with the highest qualification. Between 2012 and 2015 he studied at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen in collaboration with the Orchesterzentrum / NRW in Dortmund, where he completed his Masters degree in orchestral performance in the class of Professor Emile Cantor. He was then admitted to the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne for Masters degree in soloist performance with Professor Alexander Zemtsov, having presented his final recital in July 2017 with distiction.

Among the several courses and masterclasses taken over the years, he had the privilege to learn from several prestigious musicians and pedagogues like Hariolf Schlichtig, Tatjiana Masurenko,Thomas Riebl, Sviatoslav Belonogov, Naoko Shimizu, Gerard Caussé, Jürgen Kussmaul and, more recently, Professor Nobuko Imai and the Michelangelo String Quartet. He also participated in some of the main Classical Music festivals: with the Young National Orchestra of Spain at the Young Euro Classics Festival in Berlin, at the Aurora Music Festival in Sweden, and with Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, at BBC Proms in London and Salzburger Festpsiele.

In the 2013/2014 season, he integrated the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Saarbrücken as a trainee. Shortly after, in November 2014, he made his debut as a soloist performing the William Walton’s concert for viola and orchestra, with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra Bremen. He collaborates frequently with several European orchestras such as the International Youth Symphony Orchestra Bremen, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lately he has been developing his work on chamber music. He won the 2nd prize with his string quartet Haru Quartet in the second edition of the Internal Chamber Music Competition of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, 2017. Not long after, he was also awarded a scholarship by the Lions Club of Cologne. He currently lives in Portugal, working as a freelance musician.

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