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Sergio Pérez

From Real de Montroi (Valencia), he began his music studies at the Torrent Music Conservatory and proceeded at the Valencia Conservatory of Music, where he completed the superior grade with Professor Dr. Vicent Campos.

He completed his Masters in Aesthetics and Creativity in Music in its third edition and perfected his studies with professors and soloists such as Allen Vizzutti, Anthony Plog, Philip Smith, Marc Gold, Eric Aubier, Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer. Later in 2015, he completed his Masters in Interpretation at the Castellón Conservatory of Music.

In 1999 he was a finalist at Juventudes Musicales, a young musicians contest in Spain. He won the first prize at the Yamaha Hazen National Trumpet Competition (2002), the European Ravel Granados competition (2004), and at the first International Competition for Yamaha Brass Quintets with Keren Brass (2006).

He has been assistant soloist with the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, having worked as well in various chamber music groups such as Grupo Enigma from Zaragoza, Grupo Instrumental, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, Asturias Orchestra, Grup Instrumental Mare Nostrum and Barcelona 216.

He currently teaches at the Utiel Conservatory of Music (Valencia).

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Susana Condesso

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Carla Pires

Carla Pires began her singing career in 1993, participating in several musical projects, recording soundtracks and playing roles as an actress for TV series in Portugal. For four years she played the young Amalia Rodrigues in the successful Portuguese musical about this fado idol.
Carla Pires established herself as a fado singer in 2008, when she embarked on a 10-concert tour of France and also performed in Spain, Austria and Algeria. Since then, she has constantly toured internationally, entertaining audiences in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America with more than 450 performances around the world.
Some of the highlights were performances at prestigious venues such as Osaka Symphony Hall, Okayama Symphony Hall, Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hall, Kobe International House, Nakano Sun Plaza-Tokyo (Japan), Graz Opera (Austria), Vlaamse Opera Gent, Södra Teatern (Stockholm, Sweeden), Concertgbow, De La Mar Theater, Schowburg Roterdamse, Rasa (Netherlands), Cirque d’Hiver and Théâtre de la Ville(Paris, France), Teatro Solís (Montevideo, Uruguay) and many others.
Following her debut album Ilha do meu fado (Ocarina,2005), Carla released Rota das Paixões (Ocarina/World Village, 2012).
In 2014, at the invitation of the prestigious Portuguese choreographer Vasco Wellenkamp, Carla Pires embarked on tour of 42 dates through The Netherlands with the show Fado, a co-production between the Portuguese National Contemporary Ballet and the International Danstheater (Amsterdam) about Fado, with live music performed by the singer. This show won the Audience Dance Award 2014.
Pires’ third solo album “AQUI” was released in April 2016. “AQUI” sings of the city of Lisbon – female, free, diverse – where so many genres meet fado, such as tango or samba… and where they find a natural union in the voice of Carla Pires and the instruments of the musicians.
Following the launch of the album, 2017 saw the start of the “Aqui World tour”, with concerts in France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland and a 14-concert tour of Japan, between 28 October and 14 November, at the best venues of the main cities: Kasaoka Civic Hall |Okayama Symphony Hall |Arkas Sasebo |Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hbg Hall | Higashi Kurara Hall |Izumo-Shi Shimin Kaikan | Kobe International House |Osaka Symphony Hall (2 concerts) | Nara-Ken Bunka Kaikan | Wakayama Municipal Auditorium |Joyo City Cultural Center | Nakano Sun Plaza Hall (Tokyo).

On stage, supported by excellent musicians and their distinctive sound, Carla Pires has a remarkable presence and the power and talent to thrill her audiences. She is a great singer with a unique voice, which carries the Fado and its special feeling through amazing musical roots.

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Romain Garioud

Romain Garioud is prize winner at prestigious international competitions such as Moscow’s Tchaikovsky (2001) and Paris’ Rostropovitch (2002). He is also a second prize winner at Chile’s Vina del Mar competition in 2002.

He graduated from Paris’ Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique with a First Prize in both cello (1997) and chamber music (1998). Known for his outstanding sound and sense of phrasing, Romain Garioud has had the privilege of working with widely renowned cellists such as Philippe Muller, Anner Bylsma, Natalia Chakovskaia and Steven Isserlis.

Romain Garioud has won Mécénat Société Générale and Fondation Meyer awards. In 2002, he was “Révélation” of ADAMI (french national institution for professional musicians). His career then greatly expanded and he was invited to perform or give master-classes in many classical music venues in Europe (Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux in France, Colonges-Bellerive and Amadeus in Swiss, Mantova in Italy, among others), and more recently, in China and South America.

In October 2013, he played Lutoslawsly’s cello concerto for the Yuri Bashmet’s festival of Minsk, with the television orchestra. In June 2016, he was invited to play for the “Marta Argerich Project”, in Lugano and replaced Natalia Gutman in the 1st Shostakovitch’s Cello concerto with the orchestra «Casa da Música» of Porto (Portugal).

He played with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach (Orchestre de Paris), Jean-Marc Burfin (Lisbon’s Metropolitan Orchestra) Stéphane Cardon or Volodymir Sirenko (National of Ukraine) and with prestigious chamber music partners like Mstislav Rostropovitch, Gilles Apap, Dora Schwarzberg, Pavel Gililov, Bernd Glemser, Andre Jussow, Philippe Entremont, Menahem Presler, Florent Héau and Eric Le Sage, among others, at the most famous concert halls of Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien, Berlin Philharmonie. Several of his concerts were recorded by Radio France or Music Cable TV channel Mezzo.

Romain Garioud is willing to defend an eclectic repertoire. In chamber music as well as in his performances as a soloist, he is driven by a true passion for exchange.

In November 2005, Romain Garioud won the 1st Prize of Bucchi’s International cello Competition. Since 2014, he is a founding member of the Trio “Dorogi“, with the violinist Dora Schwarzberg and the pianist Giuliano Mazzoccante and, in 2016, of the “Vesna Ensemble” with the violinist Natalia Prishepenko.

He’s playing an exceptional Nicolai Gagliano’ s cello from 1760, generously lent by Gabriele & Michael Andreae-Jäckering.

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Daniel Sousa

Daniel Sousa was born in Oeiras, Lisbon in july 19th 1975. He began studying guitar in Crescendo music school also in Oeiras with Pedro Silva as his teacher. Later on he also attended the music school Escola de Música Nossa Senhora do Cabo where he concluded the 7th degree by the hand of José Frade and João Pedro Vasconcelos.
Between 1997 and 1999 he attended at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) the composition course, where after an interruption of 2 years he changed to the Guitar course wich he concluded in 2006 where António Jorge Gonçalves was his guitar professor.
Since 2001, as a member of the Zyryab guitar quartet, he has been performing regularly in Portugal and abroad like in Sweden where the quartet performed 3 recitals in the city of Ümea.
Currently he teaches classical guitar in Conservatório de Música de Cascais and in Crescendo de Oeiras.

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Combo

A combo is group of instruments with or without vocals, within the Pop/Rock/Jazz course. The students of drums, electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, voice and/or other instruments within this course gather in a combo or band and interpret many songs together, from their desired music style. It is in these combos where your musicianship improves the most: you enhance your ability to listen to the group, to follow it and to correct yourself. And more than that, you get a bonus motivation to perfect your own technique in your instrument!

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Percussion

Percussion is the name given to a huge and broad família of instruments, in fact the broadest of all. In this family, the instruments may produce either a pitched or unpitched sound. They are grouped as idiophones (such as the xylophone or the orchestra bells), membranophones (such as the timpani or the snare drum), chordophones (such as the piano or the berimbau) and aerophones (such as the whistle). This grouping is made according to the elements of each instrument used to produce their sound.

At the percussion discipline you will learn the techniques according to each instrument and different music styles, reading rhythm music sheets and using either your hands as drumstick and brushes, among other accessories.

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Drums

The Drums are a collection of percussion instruments set to enable the wider combination of sounds possible by a single player. In its basic setting it has the bass drum, snare drum, the floor and the hanging toms, a high-hat and the ride and crash cymbals. Still, the number of percussion instruments that you can add to the drums is very broad. You can adapt it to the music style you’re performing or set it according to your own personal taste. Besides the instruments, you also have a wide collection of drumsticks, brushes and other accessories which help you to produce a collection of sounds in a single instrument. The number of combination is as wide as your imagination allows!

In this discipline you will learn to coordinate hands and feet, starting with simple rhythms and evolving to the most complex ones. You will learn to keep pace, for this is also the role of the drummer while playing with other musicians. And with this discipline you may also participate and start your own school band at the Conservatory!

Come play with us!

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Keyboard

In the keyboard discipline you will learn to play all the chords and will learn the fundamentals of harmony and styles. In these classes you will work on an electric piano ans you will explore repertoire focused on the pop/rock/jazz styles. The versatility of sounds and effects is never ending according to the keyboard of your choice!

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Electric Bass

The Electric Bass has four strings with the same tuning as the Double Bass, and works the same way as the electric guitar on the sound production. It has a longer neck than the electric guitar and produces low pitched notes with its thick strings. However, there are many variations in format and tuning, according to the bassist’s preferences.

In this discipline you will learn the different bass techniques which bring a bigger richness of rhythms, styles and harmony base to musics. Apply now!

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Electric Guitar

The Electric Guitar has the same tuning as the Classical, Acoustic and Semi-Acoustic guitars. It uses metal strings and its sound is only audible when connected to an amplifier. The sound from the strings is transformed to electric signals by its pickups, which send these signals to the amplifier, where you can create numerous effects. The body of an electric guitar is massive wood because they don’t need a resonance box to amplify the sound of the strings. However, you will be able to explore also the semi-acoustic guitar in this discipline (like the one in the image), finding some differences in the sound quality and effects, as in the way the sound is captured.

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Voice

The Voice discipline is focused on pop/rock/jazz styles and you will learn all the vocal techniques which will allow you to use your voice without harming it, making it shine in all of its potential. You will learn your vocal register and your limits, and you will work on your own interpretation of your favourite songs.

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Harpsichord

This ancient keyboard instrument produces the sound of pinched strings through an interesting mechanism inside. With a unique timbre, the harpsichord produces always the same intensity of sound, whether you use more or less pressure on the keys. The art of playing harpsichord resides on other expressive techniques which you may find here:

Just like the piano, the harpsichord music sheets have a treble clef for the right hand and the bass clef for the left hand, which are read simultaneously (as the hands too play simultaneously).

At the Cascais Music School you can learn to play the harpsichord! Learn more here!

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Composition Analysis and Techniques

The discipline of Composition Analysis and Techniques is part of the official curriculum of the specialized course of music at the secondary level. In this discipline you will learn how to understand the musical language from every period of History, and also the techniques used in them. You will recognize styles, epochs and composers, and you will learn the secrets behind the genius of many famous names. And, of course, you will be able to use them and write your own musical works.

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Joana Seara

Lisbon-born Joana Seara completed her university degree in journalism and worked on a national arts newspaper before moving to London and entering the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She won several awards and was supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Wingate Foundation, the E M Behrens Charitable Trust and the Worshipful Company of Barbers whilst studying for her BMus, Masters in Performance and Opera Course.

She made her opera debut with Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in the Netherlands and went on to sing Gretel for Opera Holland Park, Damigella (The Coronation of Poppea) for English National Opera, Despina (Così fan tutte) in Holland, England and Ireland, and Galatea (Acis and Galatea) in France. More recently, she sang Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Frasquita (Carmen) and Tebaldo / Voce da cielo (Don Carlo) at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon. Joana performs regularly in the Músicos do Tejo’s opera productions, having played Vannella (Pergolesi’s Lo frate ’nnamorato) and Vespina (Almeida’s La Spinalba).

Joana has collaborated with the Gulbenkian Orchestra (with Lawrence Foster and Simone Young), The King’s Consort (with Matthew Halls) and the London Mozart Players, the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (with Pedro Carneiro), the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra (with Augustin Dumay and Nicholas Kraemer) and the Concerto Campestre (with Pedro Castro). She has also sung at the Île de France, Ambronay, Mafra and Varna festivals.

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José Miguel Rodilla

Was born in Valencia, Spain. He studied conducting, musical composition and clarinet at the Valencia, Alicante, Rotterdam and Salzburg Mozarteum Conservatories, and gained an Honours Degree in Conducting with Distinction from the Royal College of Music (LRSM). Additional studies have included attending different courses taught by J. Collado, M. Gielen and A. Cecatto. Currently, he is Head of the Orchestral Conducting Department at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia.

Rodilla made his debut as a conductor with the Orquesta del Conservatorio de Murcia in 1990, where is the Chief Conductor from 1996, touring in Spain, Hungary and Portugal. In 1991 he received the “Best Conductor Prize” in the Murcia International Youth Orchestra Festival.

In 1993, he formed the Concertus Novo Chamber Orchestra, realizing his ambition of creating an ensemble to perform contemporary music. There followed numerous engagements with the most prestigious contemporary music festivals. Some of those performances were featured in live radio broadcasts by RNE.

From 1997 to 2012 he assumed the position of Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia. He has conducted a wide range of repertoire, from early music to modern works, and has performed with numerous international soloists.

As a guest conductor, he has appeared with major orchestras including the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfónica de RTVE, Baden-Baden Philarmonie, Aachen Symphony, Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Beijing Symphony, Szeged Symphony, Toronto Philarmonia, Bilkent Symphony, Bohuslav Martinu Philarmonic, North Czech Philarmonic Teplice, Moravian Philarmonic Olomouc, Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philarmonie, Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, FVG Mitteleuropa Orchestra Udine, Filarmónica de Jalisco, Kuzbass Symphony Orchestra in Kemerovo (Russia), Comunidad de Madrid, Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Philarmonia Czestochowa, Poznan Academy Symphony, Sinfónica Nacional de Paraguay, Orchestra da camera Milano Classica, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Sinfonica di Bari, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de Extremadura, Nacional do Porto, Orquestra do Algarve, Radio Bratislava Symphony, Bayonne Côte Basque, Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Ciudad de Málaga.

Maestro Rodilla has been invited to conduct at such prestigious events as “Cesky Krumlov Festival” in Czech Republic, “Ravelo Festival” in Italy, “Festival Ljubljana” in Slovenia, “Festival Internacional del Teatro Teresa Carreño de Caracas” in Venezuela, “Alicante International Contemporary Music Festival” in Spain.

Soloists who have performed under Rodilla’s baton include Joaquín Achúcarro, Steven Isserlis, Pierre Amoyal, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Tedi Papavrami, Sol Gabetta, Bulent Evcil, Javier Perianes, Iván Martín, Ludmil Angelov, Pepe Romero, Los Romero quartet, Asier Polo, Leonel Morales, Jan Simon, Michel Camilo, Guy Touvron, and singers like Ana Mª Sánchez, Ainhoa Arteta, Elisabete Matos, Mª José Montiel, etc…

His operatic and zarzuela repertorie have encompassed scores such as Carmen, Norma, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammemoor, L’elisir d’amore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Marina, la Tempestad, La Tabernera del Puerto, Gigantes y cabezudos, La viejecita, La revoltosa, Luisa Fernanda and El relámpago.

Highlights of Mr. Rodilla’s appearances as a guest conductor during next season include performances in Czech Republic, Italy, Turkey, USA, Argentina and Venezuela.

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Tuba

The Tuba is the instrument that produces the lowest pitched notes and is very popular for its big size. Just like with the other brass instruments, yhe first challenge you have to overcome with the horn is the buzzing, the technique of producing a controlled sound through lips vibration. You will become better each day, at the same time your fingers get used to the way pistons work. Listen to the sound of the horn:

The Tuba music sheets are in the bass clef, although the notes we listen from the tuba are an octave lower than the written ones. Among the tuba family you will find the Tenor, Bass and Contrabass Tubas. A musician who plays the horn will easily play other brass instruments (with a similar mouthpiece) such as the Trumpet, the Trombone, the Horn, the Bombardier and the Sousaphone.

You can start learning the trumpet with a tuba from the Cascais Music School. Check for more information at our Shop.

Meet the Tuba Teachers from the Cascais Music School.

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Horn

The Horn produces medium to high pitched notes and you can recognize it by its soft sound. . The first challenge you have to overcome with the trumpet is the buzzing, the technique of producing a controlled sound through lips vibration. You will become better each day, at the same time your fingers get used to the way pistons work. Listen to the sound of the horn:

The horn music sheets are written in the treble clef but the horn is a transposing instrument. It means that the note written in the horn’s score is not the note produced by the horn. In this case, the horn is in F and so, the horn’s C sounds an F in reality. That is, the trumpet’s C is five steps lower than the real C. A musician who plays the horn will easily play other brass instruments (with a similar mouthpiece) as the Trumpet, Trombone, the Tuba, the Bombardier and the Sousaphone.

You can start learning the trumpet with a horn from the Cascais Music School. Check for more information at our Shop.

Meet the Horn Teachers from the Cascais Music School.

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Trombone

The Trombone produces medium to low pitch notes and is very popular for its slide that stretches up to six positions. The first challenge to overcome on the trombone is the buzzing, the technique of producing a controlled sound through lips vibration. You will become better each day, at the same time your fingers get used to position the slide properly. Contrary to the other brass instruments, the trombone doesn’t use pistons. The notes are produced exclusively through the buzzing and through the positioning of the slide. Listen to the trombone:

The common trombone music sheets are written in the bass clef. A musician who plays the trombone can easily play other brass instruments (with a similar mouthpiece) such as the Trumpet, the Horn, the Tuba, the Bombardier and the Sousaphone, although the trombone does not have pistons.

You can start learning the trombone with a trombone from the Cascais Music School. Check for more information at our Shop.

Meet the Trombone Teachers from the Cascais Music School.

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Trumpet

The Trumpet produces medium to high pitch notes and is one of the most ancient instruments that exists. For its loud and strong sound it has always been used in a military context to organize big crowds of soldiers, and it still is. However, the trumpet has been adopted by all contexts and music styles. The first challenge you have to overcome with the trumpet is the buzzing, the technique of producing a controlled sound through lips vibration. You will become better each day, at the same time your fingers get used to the way pistons work. Listen to the sound of the trumpet:

The trumpet music sheets are written in the treble clef, but the trumpet is a transposing instrument. It means that the note written in the trumpet’s score is not the note produced by the trumpet. In this case, for the most common type of the Trumpet in B flat, the trumpet’s C sounds a B flat in reality. That is, the trumpet’s C is one step lower than the real C.

Within the trumpet family you will find the Cornet, the Piccolo and the Clarion. A musician who plays the trumpet will easily play any of the trumpet family instruments, and also other brass instruments (with a similar mouthpiece) as the Trombone, the Horn, the Tuba, the Bombardier and the Sousaphone.

You can start learning the trumpet with a trumpet from the Cascais Music School. Check for more information at our Shop.

Meet the Trumpet Teachers from the Cascais Music School.

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