Horácio Ferreira

One of the most promising clarinetist of the new generation in Portugal, Horácio Ferreira started his musical studies at age of 8. He studied at Conservatório de Música de Coimbra (with Henrique Pereira) than he moved to Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho- EPME (with Luis Carvalho) and he got his diplom at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo – ESMAE at the clarinet class of António Saiote.
He worked in masterclasses with: Florent Héau, Phillipe Berrod, Larry Combs, Enrique Pérez Piquer, Michel Lethiec, Charles Neidich, Steve Cohen, Pascual Martínez, Jérôme Verhæghe, Rodovan Cavalin, Eduard Brunner, and others. As a chamber music member he worked with the fowling names: Radovan Vlatković, Klaus Thunemann, Jaques Zoon, Luís Fernando Pérez, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Márta Gulyás, etc.
While an EPME student he was member of the Symphonic Orchestra of the school and then, member of Espinho Classical Orchestra with whom he made a tour to Brazil in 2005, where he had the oportunity to play in the best halls. With early age he did many meetings of wind orchestras as well as symphonic orchestras like: Banda Sinfónica Minho-Galaica, Banda Sinfónica de Santa Maria da Feira, Banda Sinfónica do Centro, Orquestra Juvenil de Fajões, Orquestra de Jovens de Águeda, Orquestra APROARTE and 1st EGO – Gulbenkian Young Orchestra. Horácio Ferreira was awarded in the fowling clarinet competitions: 1st Prize at “Costa Azul” Clarinet Competition, Portugal; 3rd Prize at “High School” Solo Competition in Vancouver, Canada; 1st Prize at ‘Prémio Jovens Músicos’- under 18, Portugal; 1st Prize at ‘La Salette’ National Competition, Portugal ; 2nd Prize ex-aequo at 16th El Corte Inglés Interpretation Competition, Portugal ; semi-finalist at “Ciudad de Dos Hermanas” International Clarinet Competition in Sevilha, Spain ; finalist at “Young Artists Competition” in Kansas City, EUA and “Gioseppe Tassis” International Clarinet Competition in Milan, Italy. Recently he was awarded at the famous Debussy International Clarinet Competition in Paris, France with the best interpretation of Debussy – Première Rhapsodie and won the Competition for the ‘Young Musician of the Year 2014 – Maestro Silva Pereira’ in Portugal after winning the 28th Edition of the ‘Prémio Jovens Musicos’.
Horácio Ferreira is clarinetist at Orquestra XXI and was appointed, after public audition, principal guest clarinet of the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra – Opera House and Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra. He is one of the founders of the Portuguese Wind Band (BSP) with whom he recorded many CD’s, and recently made a tour to China. With BSP Horácio got 1st Prize at World Music Contest – best score ever – in Kerkrade, Netherlands and 1st Prize at II Certamen de Bandas in Barcelona, Spain.
As a freelancer, Horácio played with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Espinho Classical Orchestra and Póvoa do Varzim Symphonic Orchestra. While student he played with ESMAE Symphonic Orchestra, Orquestra Freixnet de la ESMRS, Sinfonietta de la ESMRS and ‘All-Stars’ Orchestra. His experience as an orchestral musician gave him the oportunity to play with the folwing conductors: Pascal Rophé, António Victorino D’Almeida, Douglas Bostock, Martin André, Antonio Pirolli, Emil Tabakov, Cesário Costa, Jean-Marc Burfin, Ernst Schelle, Jan Cober, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Alex Schilling, José Vilaplana, Michel Corboz, Pablo González, Peter Rundel, Pedro Neves, Joana Carneiro, Speranza Scappucci, Victor de Pablo and many others. Horácio Ferreira recorded ‘Submundo’ by Sara Claro for the anniversary CD of Portuguese Television/Young Musicians. He played in Ineternational Music Festival of Guimarães; Principe of Asturias; Póvoa do Varzim; Espinho; International Clarinet Festival of Dão; Cistermusica, Festival ao Largo and World Clarinet Congress by International Clarinet Assiciation. As a soloist he played with Almada Clarinet Orchestra, Banda Amigos da Branca, ‘Principe de Asturias’ Orchestra and Gulbenkian Orchestra. Nowdays he his studing in Madrid at Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia with Michel Arrignon and in Paris with Nicolas Baldeyrou Horácio Ferreira is supported by Albéniz Foundation, Carolina Foundation and Gulbenkian Foundation.

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