Félix Duarte

Born in 1990 in Braga, Félix Duarte started his studies at five in the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian of Braga in Professor Joaquim Matos’s class. In 1999,2000 e 2003 won two seconds and one third Prize in the competition “Concurso Regional de Arcos” in Braga. Félix was selected to the Orquestra de Jovens dos Conservatórios in Portugal, where he worked with conductors such as Ernest Schelle in Aveiro (2004), Martin André in Braga (2006) as concertmaster, Pio Salotto in Açores (2007) where he was selected as leader of 2nd violins, and Nicholas Kokk in Porto (2008) as well as leader of 2nd violins. In 2005 he was part of the Orchestra Training with the Orquestra Jovem de Barcelos oriented by the conductor Florin Totan. He made his debut as soloist in 2007 with the Orquestra do Conservatório de Braga where he played Max Bruch Violin Concerto and in the following year with the Orquestra do Norte interpretating Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, both conducted by the conductor António Batista. In 2007 he was awarded with the 3rd Prize (Level IV) in Concurso do Fundão and in the same year also with a 3rd Prize (Medium Level) in Prémio Jovens Músicos (21th edition).One year later, in 2008, he conquer the 1st Prize in Concurso Fundão (Level IV) and the Prize of Best Interpretation of the Portuguese Mandatory Piece and also concludes the 8th degree of Violin, being awarded with the Prize of Artistic Merit and of Musical Merit in the conclusion of Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga. He has done masterclasses and worked with teachers such as Gerardo Ribeiro, Jesus Ángel León, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Alexandra Mendes, Pedro Meireles, Roberto Valdés, Daniel Rowland, Elliot Lawson, Ilya Grubert, Radu Blidar, Raphael Oleg, François Payet-Labonne, Richard Young, Mihaela Martin, Kazuki Sawa, Lorenzo Coppola, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Michael Vaiman, Andreas Krecher. Between 2006 and 2010 he was member and concertmaster of the orchestra “Orquestra de Jovens de Portugal “Momentum Perpetuum” where he worked with the conductor Martin André. This orchestra represented Portugal in the Festival de Orchestre Sinfoniche Giovanili in the Fondazione William Walton e la Mortella in Italy (July 2009), having performed in Florence, Montecatini, Perugia and in the island Ischia. In 2011, he conclued his Bachelor of Orchestral Performer in the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon, in Professor Aníbal Lima’s class and in chamber music in Professors Paulo Pacheco, Paul Wakabayashi e Alexei Eremine’s class. In all his orchestral experience, he worked with great conductors such as Jean-Marc Burfin, Cesário Costa, Pedro Neves, Pedro Carneiro, Pedro Amaral, Jean-Sebastien Bereau, Michael Zilm, Nir Kabaretti, Evgeny Bushkov, Isin Metin, Jaime Martin, James Judd , Martin André, Laurent Gay, Benoit Willmann, Thierry Fischer, Rumon Gamba, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Georg Petrou, Robert Ziegler, Michael Sanderling, Eliahu Inbal, Christoph Poppen, Michel Corboz e Mario Venzago. He accompanied reputable soloists like Francine Romaine, Markus Eiche, Thomas Moser, Katarina Karnéus, Juliane Banse, Ana Quintans, Helena Rasker, Christian Elsner, Victor Torres, Eduarda Melo, Dora Rodrigues, Raquel Camarinha (singers), Eldar Nebolsin, Javier Perianes, António Rosado, Sequeira Costa, Pedro Pereira, Vardan Mamikonian, Anna Fedorova (pianists), Diana Vinagre, Pavel Gomziakov, Joel Marosi, Nicolaus Altstaedt, Laszlo Fenyo (cellists), Elmar de Oliveira, Augustin Dumay, Isabelle van Keulen, Lena Neudauer, Veronika Eberle, Barnabás Kelemen (violinists), Jano Lisboa, Diemut Poppen (violists), Adriana Ferreira, Loic Schneider (flutists) , Samuel Bastos (oboist), Jorg Widmann, Sebastian Manz, Martin Frost (clarinetists). In the summer of 2013, he participated in the Festival de Orchestre Sinfoniche Giovanili in the Fondazione William Walton e la Mortella now with the Camerata con Brio under the conducting of Maestro Martin André, and became member of the orchestra “Orquestra XXI” which began in September 2013, with the conductor Dinis Sousa in which he meets portuguese musicians who study abroad.
In the same year he won the audition for “Pratikum” in the Berner Sinfonie Orchester during a year in Bern (Switzerland).
In 2014 conclued his ” Master en Interpretation” in the Haute de École de Musique de Genève in Switzerland in Professor Patrick Genet’s class and in chamber music with Gabor Takacs.
He plays regularly with the Sinfonieta de Braga, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, WESO (West European Studio Orchestra), LFO (Lisbon Film Orchestra), Nouvel Orchestre de Genève,
Ensemble Vocal Le Motet de Genève, Camerata du Lehman ,La Sinfonietta de Genève, Orquestra de Guimarães, Orquestra Bonfim, Orquestra de Cascais-Oeiras, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa e a Orquestra Gulbenkian.
He also teaches in Escola Frei Gonçalo de Azevedo in Estoril, Portugal.

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