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11th International Low Brass Academy and Festival · Alcobaça

August 23rd to 27th, 2021

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Gravíssimo! is a Low Brass International Academy and Festival under the artistic direction of musicians Sérgio Carolino (tuba) and Hugo Assunção (trombone), which aims to show its participants and the general public the versatility of these instruments, working various styles of music. Held annually in Alcobaça, in the last week of August, the festival brings together a significant number of participants, national and international, from the most diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds. Throughout this week, learning is promoted through the sharing of experiences among all and with invited artists and teachers of recognized international value.
 
Along with Academy work, between masterclasses and workshops, Gravíssimo! also presents a strong artistic component bringing the general public the possibility to see the performances of the invited artists and the participants involved through a daily concert schedule, which earned the recognition of Remarkable Festival by the EFA (European Festivals Association) through the attribution of the EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) label since 2017.

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Entries deadline for Gravissimo! extended until the end of July

19 Jul 2021

The entries deadline for the next edition of Gravíssimo! was extended until next July 31st. This will be the last chance to participate in one of the most important low brass festivals at international level, which takes place this year from 23 to 27 August in Alcobaça.

With the artistic direction of Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção, among the confirmed artists there are great names such as Bart Van Lier, Dirk Hirthe, Dave Kutz, Anthony Caillet, Oren Marshall, Peter Steiner, Francisco Couto, Ricardo Carvalhoso, Ricardo Antão, Gabriel Antão, Henrique Costa and Mauro Martins.

Therefore, entries are still open, and the regulations and registration form can be found on the official site (www.gravissimofestival.com). The number of participants is limited, in order to allow the festival to be held in compliance with all safety standards.

Entries at http://bit.ly/gravissimo2021

Gravissimo! Festival returns in 2021 with a renewed image

6 May 2021

The 11th edition of Gravíssimo! - International Low Brass Academy and Festival, will be held from 23 to 27 August in Alcobaça, combining a strong component of training to a series of unmissable concerts, in a celebration of the versatility of the low brass instruments (tuba, euphonium and trombone).

This event, which is considered one of the most important of its kind internationally, will once again count with the the artistic direction of Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção. Among the confirmed artists are Bart Van Lier, Dirk Hirthe, Dave Kutz, Anthony Caillet, Oren Marshall, Peter Steiner, Francisco Couto, Ricardo Carvalhoso, Ricardo Antão, Gabriel Antão, Henrique Costa and Mauro Martins, some of the most renowned performers and ambassadors of this family of instruments.

Entries for the 11th edition are open, and the regulations and registration form can be found on the official site (www.gravissimofestival.com). The number of participants is limited, in order to allow the festival to be held in compliance with all safety standards.

Signaling a new stage in more than ten years of existence, Gravíssimo! presents itself in this edition with a completely renewed image. Taking inspiration from the graphic representation of the periodic table of elements, the new brand meets again the bold and irreverent spirit of its audience.

Gravíssimo! is organized by the Band of Alcobaça and has the support of the Directorate-General of Arts and the Municipality of Alcobaça. It is held in close collaboration with the Alcobaça Monastery / Directorate-General of Cultural Heritage, and is proud to present Yamaha, Adams, Miraphone, Vincent Bach, C.G. Conn, Gewa and SE Shires Co. as sponsors of this edition, some of the most reputable brands of bass metal.

Gravíssimo! cancels Academy and maintains intention to hold Festival

12 Jun 2020

Due to the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 context, the direction of Gravíssimo! – Low Brass International Academy and Festival is forced to cancel the Academy part for this year's edition, which included the usual workshops and masterclasses, a fact that we deeply regret. All registrants have already been contacted to arrange the due refund of the amounts paid.

The direction, however, maintains the intention that this year's festival part of Gravíssimo! may take place in a new format and is working hard so that it can be achieved. If this scenario is confirmed, which will seek to comply with all the health rules in force, more news will be given soon about the holding of concerts.

The registrations of the next edition of Gravíssimo! are open!

6 Mar 2020

The registrations of the next edition of Gravíssimo! are oficially open! an event that will take place again in Alcobaça from August 24th to 28th and whose registration period has two distinct phases, between March 1st and July 15th, with the following values: €100 (March 1st to May 31st) and €120 (June 1st to July 15th). The registration of Alcobaça Music Academy students and Alcobaça Symphonic Band has a single fee of €90.

Gravíssimo! is a Low Brass International Academy and Festival under the artistic direction of musicians Sérgio Carolino (tuba) and Hugo Assunção (trombone), which aims to show its participants and the general public the versatility of these instruments, working various styles of music.

In these last days, some of the confirmed names for the next edition have been advanced, such as the guest artists Gene Pokorny (tuba), Demondrae Thurman (euphonium), Anthony Caillet (euphonium), Thomas Rüedi (tuba) e David Taylor (bass trombone).

Cistermúsica and Gravíssimo! on the finalists' list for the Iberian Festival Awards

10 Feb 2020

Awards gala will take place on March 14th in the Grand Auditorium of the Lisbon International Fair

Cistermúsica – Alcobaça Music Festival and Gravíssimo! – Low Brass International Academy and Festival, organized by Banda de Alcobaça/Alcobaça Music Academy in partnership with the Municipality of Alcobaça, are for the second consecutive year on the finalists' list for the next edition of Iberian Festival Awards, announced this week. The Iberian Festival Awards aim to distinguish the best festivals that take place in Portugal and Spain, and are part of the 9th edition of the Talkfest – International Music Festivals Forum, an initiative promoted by the Portuguese Association of Music Festivals that will occur mainly in the city of Lisbon, in parallel and partnership with BTL – Lisbon International Tourism Exhibition, between 11th and 15th of March.

Scheduled for the period from June 26th to July 31st, Cistermúsica has just announced the first concert of the OFF program, on June 21st, at the Alcobaça Monastery, that will feature the Brazilian musician Lenine and precedes the start of the festival main programme which, in 2020, intends to evoke two of the great events of the year: the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth and the 500th anniversary of Circum-navigation. Considered one of the most prestigious and consolidated classical music festivals in the country, Cistermúsica also promotes the crossing of classical music with other artistic perspectives, reaching a wider and more diverse audience.

Gravíssimo! has also announced the dates of its 10th edition, scheduled between the 24th and 28th of August, taking place, as usual, at Alcobaça Music Academy, Alcobaça Cine-Theater – João d'Oliva Monteiro and in several venues of Alcobaça Monastery. Under the artistic direction of musicians Sérgio Carolino (tuba) and Hugo Assunção (trombone), this festival will open entries on March 1st, allowing all potential participants, national and foreign, from the most diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds, to learn and share experiences with guest artists and teachers of high international value through various masterclasses, workshops and concerts – these latter open also to the general public.

Cistermúsica and Gravíssimo! nominated for the Iberian Festival Awards

5 Dec 2019

Alcobaça Festivals are between the nominees for the awards that distinguish best Festivals in Portugal and Spain

Cistermúsica - Alcobaça Music Festival, and Gravíssimo! - Low Brass International Festival and Academy, organized and produced by Banda de Alcobaça/Alcobaça Music Academy have been, for the second consecutive year, nominated in the Iberian Festival Awards 5th edition.

Cistermúsica competes in two categories: Best Small Festival and Best Cultural Programme. The first category is for Festivals with 1500 spectators per day. Here is one of the few Classical Music Festivals in this competition, wich evaluation is carried out by the public until January 7.

On the other hand, a jury will evaluate the Cultural Programme Category, taking into consideration the multidisciplinary character of the Festival Programmation. In 2019 Cistermúsica had several cultural activities supplementing the Main Programme, giving preference to the interaction with the community, as the Music Atelier for Babies, photography workshops, guided tours, talks, and inclusive spectacles.

Gravíssimo! runs for the Best Academic and Young Festival. This category fits perfectly for this Festival, which promotes the interaction between professional musicians and young students and maintains, at the same time, the doors open for the general public, through concerts that explore the versatility of low brass instruments, from chamber music to jazz.

Both Festivals have already announced their dates for 2020, after the publication of the Directorate-General for Arts Public Tender, which has attributed to Banda de Alcobaça / Alcobaça Music Academy Artistic Projects the higher rating in the field of music, establishing once again this institution as “a reference on the national scene”.

In 2020 Cistermúsica will take place from June 26 until July 31, continuing its mission to draw the public at large closer to classical music and celebrating two extraordinary recurrences: 250 years from the Beethoven birth and 500 years from the Circumnavigation. In its turn, Gravíssimo! will take place in the last week of August. The Festival will turn Alcobaça the Low Brass Instruments’ Capital, hosting national and international musicians and amazing concerts.

These two structural artistic activities produced by the Banda de Alcobaça had, in 2019, about 10 thousand spectators, 50 spectacles and hundreds of national and international artists on stage. All winners of the Iberian Festival Awards Winners will be published on next March 14  in Lisbon, on the occasion of the Talkfest - International Music Festival Forum 9h edition.

General rules for the next edition of Gravíssimo! are already available

16 Apr 2019

Prices and registration period for the 9th Alcobaça Low Brass International Academy and Festival can be consulted at the festival's site
 
General rules are already available for Gravíssimo! 9th Alcobaça Low Brass International Academy and Festival, an event that will take place in Alcobaça from August 26th to 30th and whose registration period has two distinct phases, between May 1st and August 16th, with the following values: €100 (May 1st to June 30th), €120 (July 1st to August 16th) and €150 (July 16th to August 17th). The registration of Alcobaça Music Academy students has a single fee of €90.
 
Gravíssimo! is a true event in the field of low brass held annually in the last week of August under the artistic direction of musicians Sérgio Carolino (tuba) and Hugo Assunção (trombone), which aims to show its participants and the general public the versatility of these instruments, working various styles of music.
 
In these last days, some of the confirmed names for the next edition have been advanced, such as the guest artists Gene Pokorny (tuba), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Anthony Caillet (euphonium), Jon Hansen (tuba), Ricardo Antão (euphonium) and Nuno Martins (trombone).
 
Know the General Rules for the next edition here »

Gravíssimo! is one of the finalists (TOP10) in the category Best Academic Festival of the Iberian Festival Awards

31 Jan 2019

The winner will be known on March 13th at a gala at the Teatro Afundación in Vigo that will have web, radio (live) and TV (delayed) transmission

Gravíssimo! – Low Brass International Academy and Festival, organized by the Banda de Alcobaça/Alcobaça Music Academy in a partnership with the Municipality of Alcobaça, is one of the finalists (TOP10) in the category Best Academic Festival for the 4th edition of the Iberian Festival Awards, an organization by APORFEST – Portuguese Association of Music Festivals that aims to distinguish the best festivals that take place in Portugal and Spain.

The Iberian Festival Awards, included in the Talkfest – 8th International Forum of Music Festivals, had, according to the organization, a record of the number of applications and a higher quality in the information provided by its applicants, a fact that values even more the shortlisting of one of the only low brass academy and festival held in our country and a true international reference.

Combining the quality of academic training with a growing artistic identity in the program of the Gravíssimo! festival, which has maintained since 2013 a dual artistic direction by the renowned musicians Sérgio Carolino (tuba) and Hugo Assunção (trombone), this is a project that assembles numerous national and international participants, coming from various cultural and artistic backgrounds, internationally recognized, since 2015, with the EFFE “Remarkable Festival” label, by the European Festivals Association along with the European Union, in two consecutive biennia (2015-2016 and 2018-2019).

Cistermúsica and Gravíssimo! festivals are nominated for the Iberian Festival Awards!

6 Dec 2018

Two of the competing categories can be voted by the public until December 31

Cistermúsica – Alcobaça Music Festival and Gravíssimo! – Low Brass International Academy and Festival, organized by the Alcobaça Band/Alcobaça Music Academy in partnership with the Municipality of Alcobaça, are part of the list of nominees for the 4th edition of the Iberian Festival Awards, unveiled this week. The Iberian Festival Awards aim to distinguish the best festivals that take place in Portugal and Spain, and are inserted in the Talkfest - 8th International Forum of Music Festivals, events promoted by the Portuguese Association of Music Festivals that will take place next March, in Vigo and Lisbon, respectively.

Cistermúsica and Gravíssimo! festivals were nominated for 3 of the 22 categories in the competition and are a unique case in the Iberian panorama, since there is no other entity, at least outside the logic of the big festivals, with two festivals included in this competition, both being carried out in a medium-sized city of Portugal: Alcobaça (although Cistermúsica presents a part of the programming in other counties of the country through networks of cultural cooperation that have been established over the last years).

Cistermúsica seeks recognition on two fronts: Best Small Festival and Best Cultural Program. In the first category, it stands out as one of the few classical music festivals in the competition and, within this range, is perhaps the most eclectic one (it is not by chance that the theme of the 2018 edition was "Music Without Borders"), once that the program includes all sorts of ensembles, from recitals to great symphonic orchestras, including vocal groups and chamber music that annually present works from all periods of the history of music. Also the multidisciplinarity of its programming sections, developed by Junior and Families (dedicated to training and didactic activities) and OFF (which includes other artistic domains and musical genres besides classical music, as was the case of contemporary dance, jazz, cinema, inclusive theater, among others, in 2018), makes it a strong candidate for the second category mentioned above, which will be decided by a jury.

In turn, Gravíssimo!, the only serious low brass academy and festival that takes place in our country and which is already an international reference, seeks to obtain recognition as Best Academic Festival, a category in which it distinguishes itself from the other candidates by combining training with a music festival dimension. The vote for the 13 categories decided by the public, as well the aforementioned Best Small Festival and Best Academic Festival, are already available on the Talkfest website and run until 31 December. The winners will be announced on March 13 at a gala at Teatro Afundación in Vigo, where Alcobaça festivals seek once again recognition for their work of excellence.

It should be noted that both Cistermúsica and Gravíssimo! have received international recognition in recent years, particularly with the award EFFE "Remarkable Festival" by the European Festivals Association and the European Union in two consecutive biennia (2015-2016 and 2018-2019). Both festivals have a strong link with heritage, programming most of its activities at the Monastery of Alcobaça (World Heritage) and among other artistic goals are the valuing of young national and international values. In 2018, both Cistermúsica (26th edition) and Gravíssimo! (8th edition) gathered once again the best critics as were a public success with many of its concerts and other parallel activities sold out.

8th edition of Gravíssimo! has its entries officially open

14 May 2018

General rules and online registration form for the 8th Low Brass International Academy and Festival are already available

The entries are already open for Gravíssimo! 8th Low Brass International Academy and Festival, an event that will take place in Alcobaça from August 27th to 31st and whose registration period has three distinct phases, between May 14th and August 17th, with the following values: €100 (May 14th to June 15th), €120 (June 16th to July 15th) and €150 (July 16th to August 17th). The registration of Alcobaça Music Academy students has a single fee of €90.

Gravíssimo! is a true event in the field of low brass held annually in the last week of August under the artistic direction of musicians Sérgio Carolino (tuba) and Hugo Assunção (trombone), which aims to show its participants and the general public the versatility of these instruments, working various styles of music.

Along with Academy work, between masterclasses and workshops, Gravíssimo! also presents a strong artistic component bringing the general public the possibility to see the performances of the invited artists and participants involved through a daily program of concerts,

Know the general rules here »

Save the date: from August 27th to 31st Gravíssimo! is back for its 8th edition

27 Mar 2018

Festival directed by the famous Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção will open entries soon

Alcobaça Music Academy (AMA) is already preparing the next Gravíssimo! Low Brass International Academy Festival, an ambitious project that will have its 8th edition and will be held between August 27th and 31st, promising to be a true musical event in the field of low brass instruments.

With the artistic direction of the famous Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção, Gravíssimo! is held at AMA and Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça - João d'Oliva Monteiro, being an event specially aimed for music students from Conservatories, Professional Schools, Academies, Polytechnic Institutes and Universities, as also for amateur musicians who are interested in developing their technical and artistic level.

Sérgio Carolino (Principal Tuba of Casa da Música Porto Symphony Orchestra, International Yamaha Artist, Professor at the Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto Polytechnic Institute) and Hugo Assunção (First Trombone of Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Trombone at the Évora University and Lisbon Superior School of Music) are, as usual, the hosts on the lands of Cistercian, welcoming at this event musicians from various origins and backgrounds.

Opening Concert altered from the Monastery of Alcobaça to the Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça

28 Aug 2017

The Opening Concert of Gravíssimo! scheduled for the Monastery of Alcobaça, tomorrow at 9:00 p.m., was changed to the Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça due to the inconstancy of the weather during the present day and tomorrow, reasons to which the organization is totally unaware.

For this reason, the Direction of the Festival and International Academy of Grave Metals apologize sincerely, reaffirming that this Concert will take place at the same time.

We also remember that this concert, titled "aBRASSsivo", will feature the Portuguese Youth Brass Ensemble Massive Brass Attack! and the following soloists: Sérgio Carolino, Shimpei Tsugita, Gene Pokorny, Gabriel Antão, David Bruchez, Ricardo Carvalhoso, Justin Clark and Ricardo Antão.

Five days with our eyes set on the versatility of low brass instruments

24 Aug 2017

Gravíssimo! brings us 7 concerts and recitals with musicians from the four corners of the world

From August 29 to September 2, the 7th edition of Gravíssimo! - Low Brass International Academy and Festival brings to the city of Alcobaça, which becomes the World Capital of Low Brass, some of the most renowned international names.

From the four corners of the world, from Japan to the United States, through Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Brazil, musicians gather in Alcobaça to share experiences and transmit knowledge to about 90 enrolled students, from 8 different nationalities.

Under the usual artistic direction of renowned Alcobaca musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção, Gravíssimo !, which aims to demonstrate the versatility of low brass, explores music in various levels, from chamber music to jazz, focusing on the ensemble's artistic work development and in the continuous improvement of the participants individual technique.

For five days, the seven concerts and recitals of Gravíssimo !, which feature presentations by several Portuguese and international musicians, will have two of the most emblematic places of the city: the Monastery of Alcobaça and the Wine Museum.

One of the main highlights is the TGB concert, inserted in the spectacles cycle Monastery of Alcobaça/World Heritage Places of the Center Region, that will act on August 31, Thursday, at 10.30, in front of the South Wing of the Monastery of Alcobaça, in a show of free entrance.

The Soloists Recital, scheduled for September 1 at 9:00 pm in the D. Afonso VI Cloister of the Monastery of Alcobaça, precedes another high moment of the Gravíssimo! program, the concert The Devil's Blow - Tuba Unit! Feat Jon Sass, at 10:45 pm, also in front of the South Wing of the monument and with free entrance.

Organized and produced by the Band of Alcobaça/Alcobaça Music Academy (AMA), Gravíssimo !, has, year after year, attracted the attention of a larger and more numerous audience, being currently an initiative with great repercussion internationally, with european recognition as Remarkable Festival through the seal EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).

Gravíssimo! has not only succeeded in the world of music and this thursday saw its website selected for the CSS Light gallery, a platform that presents and promotes new talents and trends in the world of design, highlighting its unique characteristics in terms of presentation, creativity , aesthetics and coding.

Following the last editions success, the organization intends to continue to raise the name of the festival which, in addition to receiving prestigious names from the world of low brass music, promotes young artists, meetings, concerts and unique experiences for both students and attending public.

So, no lack of reasons for the public to return to Alcobaça, between August 29 and September 2, and assure its presence in the 7th edition of Gravíssimo! - Low Brass International Academy and Festival, a true musical event in the field of low brass instruments.

Gravíssimo! turns Alcobaça once again into the world’s capital of low brass from August 29 to September 2

20 Jun 2017

Entries are open for the festival led by the renowned Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção

August 29 to September 2: these are the dates for this year in which Alcobaça Music Academy (AMA) promotes again the Gravíssimo! 7th Low Brass International Academy Festival, a true musical event in the field of low brass instruments that, after six editions, takes this year another stage in its ambitious course.

With the usual artistic direction of the renowned Alcobaça musicians Sérgio Carolino and Hugo Assunção, Gravíssimo! is held at AMA and Cine-Teatro de Alcobaça - João d'Oliva Monteiro and has now open entries, being an event specially aimed for music students from Conservatories, Professional Schools, Academies, Polytechnic Institutes and Universities, as also for amateur musicians who are interested in developing their technical and artistic level.

Sérgio Carolino (Principal Tuba of Casa da Música Porto Symphony Orchestra, International Yamaha Artist, Professor at the Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto Polytechnic Institute) and Hugo Assunção (First Trombone of Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Trombone at the Évora University and Lisbon Superior School of Music) are once again the hosts on the lands of Cistercian, welcoming at this event musicians from various origins and backgrounds.

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Sérgio Carolino

Tuba

Portuguese tuba player and Yamaha International Artist, Sérgio Carolino is one of the most acclaimed tuba players in the international scene, with a constant activity as a soloist and teacher in several music festivals, conservatories and universities all over the world (from Europe to Australia, passed through Asia and North and South America).

Since 2002 he has been involved in new and innovative music projects: the TGB trio with Mário Delgado and Alexandre Frazão, 2tUBAS&friends with Anne Jelle Visser (tuba), XL Duo & Trio with Telmo Marques (piano) & Jeffery Davis (vibraphone), director of The Portuguese Tuba Ensemble How Low Can You Go?, European Tuba Trio with François Thuillier (tuba) and Anthony Caillet (euphonium), The Postcard Brass Band, Tu ß'Horn trio with José Bernardo Silva (horn) and Telmo Marques (piano), the ensemble TUBAX DUO with Mário Marques (soprano saxophone), the COLOR WHEEL ENSEMBLE with Mário Marques, Telmo Marques & a String Quartet, Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang, the TUBAB Duo with drummer Jorge Queijo, Surrealistic Discussion with accordionist João Barradas, his ensemble Hanging’ from the Strings (tuba & string quintet), the Funky Bones Factory! with Paulo Perfeito, Ruben da Luz, Daniel Dias and Rui Bandeira (trombones), Acácio Salero (drums) & Miguel Moreira (guitar), Conical Brass with Jeff Nelsen (horn), TUBA&DRUMS DOUBLE DUO with Oren Marshall (tuba) and Alexandre Frazão and Mário Costa (drums). More recently Sérgio formed the duo Moderato Tangabile with Argentinian pianist/composer Daniel Schvetz, SubWoof3r trio with Gil Gonçalves (tuba) & Miguel Moreira (drums), the DUO AR. with international acclaimed jazz singer MARIA JOÃO, member of the CROSSFADE Ensemble lead by Daniel Bernardes (piano) with Jeffery Davis (vibraphone), João Barradas (accordion), Ricardo Toscano & Mário Marques (saxophones), Hugo Assunção (trombone), the TransAtlantic Tuba Connection with Mike Forbes (tuba) and Pedro Silva (drums), YAMAHA TUBA DUO with Shimpei Tsugita (tuba) and a the project “T’NT” Tuba ’N Tuba with GENE POKORNY (principal tuba of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra). 

Sérgio is, since 2002, principal tuba with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and he professor of tuba, artistic director and founder of the Portuguese Youth Brass Ensemble MASSIVE BRASS ATTACK! at the Porto Superior School of Music and Arts (ESMAE) from 2006 to July 2019. Since 2010 he is also artist director of GRAVÍSSIMO! - Alcobaça International Low Brass Academy & Festival. Recently he as been invited to join the faculty of Musical Arts Madrid, as professor of tuba and creativity. 

Sérgio has been guest professor for one semester (Fall / Winter 2019) at the prestigious Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. 

Sérgio was awarded four times with the Roger Bobo Award Prize for Excellence in Recording for his CDs: Steel aLive! (2008, Afinaudio Records), his debut solo album; Agreements & Disagreements (2010, TwoTubas Records), with the project 2tUBAS&friends with Anne Jelle Visser and Pop&Roll (2012, Loft Records), with his group The Postcard Brass Band and recently for his first double album with the project Sérgio Carolino presents Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang (2014, Afinaudio Records). In Portugal he as received the Award for the 2004 Emerging Jazz Artist by jazz critic José Duarte, and the Carlos Paredes Prize for the first disc with his jazz trio TGB - TubaGuitarra&Bateria (Clean Feed Label).

In February of 2013, Sérgio won the SPA Award 2013 - Classical Music Category (Portuguese Author’s Society) for the works published in 2012 and for promoting Portuguese music through the World. The award ceremony was broadcasted on RTP1 (Portuguese TV Chanel).

Mr Carolino was soloist with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, making the World Premiere of Portuguese composers António Victorino D’Almeida “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, Op. 144” (specially dedicated to him) and Paulo Perfeito’s “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra – Impermanentia” (also dedicated to him), this last one, conducted by Christian Lindberg, and recently, performing John Williams’s Concerto for Tuba, under the musical direction of Michael Sanderling.

Hugo Assunção

Tenor Trombone

Hugo Assunção is first trombone of Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Musical Director of The BellsBrass Ensemble and Artistic Director of Festival Gravíssimo!.

He is a founding member of the brass quintet Hot Brass de Portugal, Decateto de Metais de Lisboa, Ensemble Português de Trombones and Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang. He was a trombonist with Hot Clube de Portugal’s orchestra and the contemporary music ensemble OrchestrUtópica.

Hugo Assunção taught at universities and higher education schools in Portugal and has been invited to teach masterclasses all over the country and overseas.

In 2006, Hugo recorded a solo CD - Vox Gabrieli, and another as leader of the Ensemble Português de Trombones - A Different Era. He recorded a double CD with Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang, awarded in the United States of America with “Roger Bobo Award Prize for Excellence in Recording”, in may of 2014. Recorded several CD with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, OrchestrUtópica, Orquestra de Jazz do Hot Clube de Portugal, Orquestra da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Ensemble Crossfade and recently recorded a double CD with composer Anne Victorino d’Almeida’s works for brass. Hugo recorded a CD as musical director of Massive Brass Attack, Pocket Change, in which Sérgio Carolino and Nimrod Ron as soloists; recorded a CD as musical director of Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa’s Brass Crew, Effervescence, with Sérgio Carolino and James Thompson as soloists.

Currently, he teaches Trombone and Chamber Music at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

Bart van Lier

Trombone

Bart van Lier, born on June 14, 1950 in Haarlem (the Netherlands), began playing the cornet in his local brass band at the age of 7.

2 years later he changed to bugle and at the age of 13 began private trumpet lessons. At the Hilversum Music Lyceum his course of study in 1965 (trumpet and violin as principle instruments) transformed into a trombone study one year later. 

In 1968 he began freelancing for the radio, TV, and commercial recording studios.

Between 1969 and 1977 he was a member of the following ensembles: the “Tony Nolte TV Orchestra”, the “Netherlands Jazz Orchestra”, Rogier van Otterloo’s TV Orchestra for the program” Music All Inn”, “Boy’s Big Band”, and Slide Hampton’s 4trombone group.

From 1977 he played in Cees Slinger’s “Just in Case”, the “ Frans Elsen Septett” (until 1979), the “Ramblers” (until 1980) , the “Skymasters” and “Nueva Manteca”. He played over 30 years with the “Peter Herbolzheimer Big Band”.

Bart has been teaching at the Hilversum Conservatory from 1980 until 1998. He also was the trombone teacher at the Hague Conservatory from 1977-83 and 1991-94.

He has a post at the Rotterdam Conservatory since 1998. Since 1994 he teaches classical masterclasses for brass in Rotterdam and since 2011 also at Amsterdam Conservatory. 

The trombone “Model Bart van Lier” went into production by Fa. “Kühnl and Hoyer “ in 1994. Meanwhile there are three different models under his name. The same year his technique book “Coordination Training Program for Trombone Playing” was published for the international market. It is available in 5 different languages.

He was appointed permanent first trombonist and soloist of the Metropole Orchestra in 1992, and since 1990 his own groups “Bart’s Bones” and  “Trio Bart van Lier” have been performing for the Nederland Impresariaat.

In 1998 the “Bart van Lier-Ilja Reijngoud Quintet” was founded.

Over the years Bart has given concerts and trombone workshops in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Hungary, United Kingdom, India, Japan and United States.

Francisco Couto

Trombone

Francisco Couto, S.E. Shires trombone artist, is the tenor and bass trombone player (wechselposaune) at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet in Helsinki, Finland. Born in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal, he started his musical studies with his father at the age of 8 and at the Sociedade Filarmónica Harmonia Reguenguense later. He continued his musical studies at the Escola Profissional in Évora and at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon with professor Hermenegildo Campos. He completed his bachelor degree in trombone at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon with teachers Ismael Santos and Hugo Assunção. In 2012 he started his specialized master's degree in Orchestra at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he concluded his studies with maximum distinction, with Timothy Dowling, Pete Saunders and Brandt Attema as teachers. In the same year he won the orchestra academy at the Residentie Orkest / The Hague Philharmonic.

During his career he had the opportunity to work with teachers such as Vitor Faria, Sérgio Carolino, Gyorgy Gyivicsan, Olaf Ott, Byron Fulchne, James Miller, David Bruchez, Enrique Crespo, Blair Bollinger, Ben van Dijk, Ian Bousfield, Jörgen van Rijen , Weston Sprott, David Rey, Bradley Palmer, Denson Paul Pollard, Joseph Alessi, Domenico Catalano, Randy Hawes, Stefan Schulz, Martin Schippers, James Markey and Toby Oft. He was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 1st National Competition "Terras La Salette", 3rd prize in the 27th edition of the Prémio Jovens Músicos, 1st prize in the 1st edition of the "SliderAsia" International Trombone Competition in Hong Kong and finalist with distinction in the Lätzsch Trombone Festival 2018 / International Trombone Competition in Heek in Germany.

He also had the opportunity to work with young and professional orchestras such as the NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (where he was an academist in 2014 and 2015), Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Belgium National Orchestra, Asko Schönberg Ensemble, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of the festival “The Trombone Meeting” organized in Helsinki and participates in various activities with the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki.

Rúben da Luz

Tenor Trombone

Freelance trombonist, winner of the Young Musicians Award, with collaborations at the orchestras Gulbenkian, Régie do Porto, Clássica da Madeira. In the pop and jazz area, he worked with Lenine, Zeca Baleiro, Tito Paris, Waldemar Bastos, Jorge Palma, Ala dos Namorados, The Gift, The Postcard Brass Band, Rui Veloso, Sérgio Godinho, Deolinda, Uxu Kalhus, Áurea, Orq, Jazz do Hot Clube de Portugal, L.U.M.E., Orq. Jazz de Matosinhos, Bob Stewart, John Ellis, Perico Sambeat, Nelson Cascais, Orq. Jazz de Leiria, Orq. Jazz da Nazaré, etc. As a studio musician, he has credit on about 60 records.

Rui Bandeira

Bass Trombone

Rui Pedro Reis Lopes Bandeira was born in Vilarandelo, Valpaços in 1987. He began his musical studies at the age of 9 on piano and guitar at the Osnabrück school with professor Francisco d'Outel. At 11 years of age, he learned to play flugelhorn in the Vilarandelo Philharmonic Band. At the age of 14, he went to the Orfeão de Ovar Music Academy, learning trombone in the class of Professor Rui Pedro Alves. At 16, he entered the Espinho Professional School of Music where he successfully completed the course in the class of Professor Alexandre Vilela. He attended the Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment (ESMAE) in Porto, in the Jazz – Trombone course with Professors Lars Arens and Paulo Perfeito. He is a member of European Movement Jazz Orchestra, Mr. SC and Wild Bones, Big Band Estarrejazz, Funky Bones Factory, New Sketch, Souq, Fanfarra Kaustika, Orquestra de Jazz do Porto, R´B & Mr.SC e L.A Banda Larga. He collaborates with a variety of jazz orchestras including the Big Band of Hot Club de Portugal. He collaborated with the Guimarães Foundation Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra, Algarve Orchestra and Coimbra Classical Orchestra. As a freelancer he is always jumping between jazz, classical and pop.

Ricardo Antão

Euphonium

Ricardo Antão is a young solo artist and professor and a Yamaha Artist. Teaching at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) and at Universidade de Aveiro, Conversatório de Música da Jobra and at Academia Música de Paços de Brandão, Ricardo is one of the leading artists of the instrument. He is regularly invited as guest artist and professor all over the country, having participated as professor and soloist at the SliderAsia Festival, in Hong Kong, in 2017.

Having extensive activity as a solo artist and in various ensembles, Ricardo is a founding member of several projects, such ash: Ensemble Português de Tubas How Low Can you Go?, DualSim, Trítono, BlindDuo, Dual Soundway and NoMad Duo.

An advocate of new music, Ricardo has premiered works of composers like Daniel Moreira, Daniel Martinho, Andre? M. Santos, Daniel Schvetz, Filipe Lopes, Bruno Ferreira, Alexandre Almeida, Bernardo Lima, Samuel Pascoal, Marco Alves and Matthew Murchison. He often plays with orchestras and ensembles, such as Orquestra Sinfo?nica do Porto Casa da Mu?sica, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfo?nica Portuguesa, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, 21st Century Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra Filarmo?nica Portuguesa, Banda Sinfo?nica Portuguesa, Camerata Nov’Arte, Mr. SC and the Wild Bones Gang e Big Band Estarrejazz.

Ricardo started his musical studies at Banda Visconde de Salreu, later joining Conversatório de Música de Aveiro Calouste Gulbenkian. After graduating with honors from ESMAE, he pursued his studies at Bern University of Arts, in Thomas Rüedi class, where he finished his Masters in Musical Performance. Ricardo obtained a Masters in Interpretation in Trombone from ESMAE, a Masters in Music Teaching, from Universidade de Aveiro. He is finishing is PhD in Músic at Universidade de Évora.

Mauro Martins

Euphonium

Mauro António Martins is a young portuguese musician, born in Switzerland in 1995, for whom music, since the age of 10, has been a motivation that has become a way of life that gives happiness and fulfillment.

He had his first contact and passion for music in a Philharmonic Band like most of the wind instrument players in Portugal. At the age of 15, convinced of his professional options, he joined EPABI – Professional Arts of School of Covilhã, Portugal, where he completed the Basic Instrument Course (2010-2013) and later the Professional Winds and Percussion Instrumental Course (2013-2016), in the euphonium class, having worked with teachers like Nuno Machado, Ricardo Antão and Luís Oliveira among others. His career at school was marked by two factors: persistence in his daily work, methodical, organized and focused, and his academic success as a consequence of the first. In the two tests of professional aptitude carried out, of level II (9th grade) and level IV (12th grade), the performance of Mauro achieved the maximum classification of the evaluation system. In 2016, he is admitted to ESMAE - School of Music and Performing Arts (Porto, Portugal), in the class of Professor Sérgio Carolino and Ricardo Antão, in 2019 finalized his bachelor with maximum classification of 20 values in the final recital.

As a way of challenging and self-overcoming, in an incessant search for learning, Mauro has participated in some international competitions, in which he emphasizes the 1st Prize in the international contest of winds "Terras De La Salette" (Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal), categories Junior (2014) and Senior (2015) and 1st prize in the Concours International de Saxhorn, Euphonium and Tuba de Tours. (2019)

Mauro Martins has been gaining a place in the national and international musical scene, based on a dialectic of work and talent. He is an ADAMS, MO?2; mouthpieces and Denis Wick artist.

Henrique Costa

Tuba

Scholar of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and prize winner at the Tchaikovsky, Markneukirchen and Città di Porcia International Competitions, young Portuguese Tubist Henrique dos Santos Costa has stood out for his curiosity in exploring the artistic capabilities of his instrument as soloist, performing regularly with orchestra or in solo recitals. Student of Adélio Carneiro and Anne Jelle Visser is, since 2019, Assistant Professor for Tuba at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Romeu Silva

Tuba

Master in music teaching, instrument Tuba/Eufónio and Chamber Music, Universidade do Minho (2018) and Degree in Tuba instrument performance by ESMAE - Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo do Porto (2009).

His activity as a Tuba instrumentalist includes concerts with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Portuguese Brass (Portugal) of which he is a founding member, and has also performed with the Remix Ensemble Casa da Música and Orquestra Clássica do Sul (Algarve). He was a student of the teachers Eduardo Nogueroles, Filipe Queirós and Sérgio Carolino.

Romeu Silva is currently teaching tuba and chamber music at the Universidade do Minho (Braga), professor of tuba and euphonium at the Conservatório do Vale do Sousa (Lousada), at the Academia de Música de Castelo de Paiva and at ARTEAM (Viana do Castelo) and professor of tuba at ESMAE - Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo do Porto.

Gabriel Antão

Tenor Trombone

Gabriel Antão is since 2011 soloist trombone of the Tonkünstler orchestra (Austria) and has collaborated with several orchestras such as Wiener Philharmoniker, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, Hamburger Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wiener Volksoper, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra City of Granada and Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música.

At the chamber music level, he is member of the group Mr. SC and the Wildbones Gang and collaborated with ensembles such as Les Dissonances (Paris), RSBrass (Berlin) and PhilBlech (Vienna). Together with the pianist Pedro Costa participated in Cistermúsica – Alcobaça Music Festival and in the Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival. He also performed concerts with trumpeter Konradin Groth and pianist Jonathan Alder.

He studied at the Aveiro Conservatory with Professor Luís Castro, pursuing studies at the Porto Superior School of Music and Arts (ESMAE) in the class of Professors Severo Martinez and David Silva, and later at the University of Arts in Berlin (Germany) – as a Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – in the class of Professors Stefan Schulz, Andreas Klein and Rainer Vogt. Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Education and Interculturality, as well as Master in Management, both at the Open University of Lisbon. He is currently an associate researcher at the Center for Migration and Intercultural Relations (CEMRI).

Gabriel Antão was awarded with the Helena Sá e Costa Prize, the Emory Prize Remington (with the trombone class of the University of Berlin), the Porto Rotários Prize, 2nd Prize at the Young Musicians Prize, 1st Prize at the Competition Terras de La Salette and more recently the 1st  Prize ex-aequo with the pianist Pedro Costa at the Interpretation Competition of Estoril.

He also performed as a soloist with Das Sinfonieorchester Berlin in Philharmonie of Berlin, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra at the Largo Festival, the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, the Sinfonietta Orchestra of ESMAE and the Aveiro Music Conservatory Symphonic Band.

Ricardo Carvalhoso

Tuba

Ricardo Carvalhoso was born in 1986 in Arcos de Valdevez, North of Portugal. He received his musical education at the Viana do Castelo Professional School of Music, the Porto College of Music and Performing Arts, and later at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in music performance and a Soloist Diploma. Among his teachers were Anne Jelle Visser, Sérgio Carolino, Eduardo Nogueroles, Chris Lee and Juan Carlos Diaz. 

Between 2009 and 2011, he was awarded with a series of international prizes including the Young Musicians Award in Portugal, the “Aosta Valley” Brass Competition in Italy, the Tuba Competition “Ville d'Avray” in France and the Music Prize of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation in Switzerland. Still during his studies, he was a member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and the Academy of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. 

His professional career took off in early 2012 in France, when he became solo tuba of the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in 2015 he received his second orchestral engagement with the Philharmonia Zurich, and since 2017 he is the principal tuba of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Ricardo Carvalhoso is a much sought after soloist and educator.

Surrealistic Discussion

A Tuba (Sérgio Carolino) and an Accordion (João Barradas) are probably two of the instruments that are most rarely found in musical situations and which only have in common to be "wind instruments"!

This project bridges this gap and brings together two magnificent instruments and two excellent instrumentalists.

?Significantly increasing the original and eclectic repertoire for this formation, Tuomas Turriago and Jiarmo Sermila (Finland), Stéphane Krègar (France), Étienne Crauzas (Switzerland), Jon Hansen (USA), Hugo Ribeiro, Eugénio Amorim, Filipe Melo (Portugal) and Dimitris Andrilopoulos (Greece) answered in the affirmative to the invitation to write new works, integrating this new and challenging musical adventure…

R&B and Mr. SC

R&B and Mr. SC is a low-frequency ensemble, where bass instruments are the norm. Consisting of Rúben da Luz (tenor trombone), Rui Bandeira (bass trombone), Sérgio Carolino (tuba), João Martins (drums) and Hugo Trindade (guitar). Creativity, energy, originality, groove cocktails, musicians who celebrate their art in acts of pure art and reinvention… without complexes!

Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang

Composers to be announced soon

Bernardo Pinhal

Bernardo Pinhal was born in Porto in 1989, the city where he currently lives. It was also in Porto that he completed his piano degree at ESMAE with professor Miguel Borges Coelho. He also studied with Dmitri Bashkirov at the prestigious Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and then in Basel with Claudio Martínez Mehner, with whom he completed his Master's degree in Performance in 2016, as a grantee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. His teachers include names such as Denis Lossev, Marta Gulyas, Luís Fernando Pérez and Anton Kernjak, among many others.

He has been awarded in several national and international competitions and has played as soloist or chamber musician in the most prestigious venues in Portugal. He maintains several chamber duos with whom he regularly performs or records throughout the country; one of these duos, with pianist Sérgio de A, was recently awarded the AGEAS Prize. He has participated in the recording of five discs, playing with Mauro Martins, Hugo Assunção, Sérgio Carolino and Mónica Pais. He regularly accompanies numerous choral-symphonic projects, international competitions and recitals and is a regular pianist at the Gravíssimo! festival in Alcobaça. He is also a freelance singer-choralist and performs regularly with several professional chamber choirs, besides being a substitute member of the base formation of the Casa da Música Choir. He is a private pupil of the teacher Deolinda Resende.

Ivan Vicente

Trombone

Born in Valença, Ivan Vicente began learning to play the trombone at the age of 11 at the Academia de Música Fernandes Fão, where his teachers were Sérgio Gaspar, Filipe Vieira and Lisete Correia. Two years later he joined the Banda Lanhelense.

He was awarded the 2nd Prize in the 5th Concurso Internacional de Sopros do Alto Minho (2017), and the 1st Prize in the 7th edition of the same competition (2019).

He had masterclasses with the teachers/trombonists Zeferino Pinto, Ricardo Pereira, Gabriel Antão, Rúben da Luz, Hakan Bjorkman, Csaba Wagner, Bart Claessens, Ben van Dijk, Mark Hampson, among others.

Ivan Vicente has worked with the conductors Alex Schillings, Luís Carvalho, Jan Wierzba, Douglas Bostock, José Eduardo Gomes, Guntis Kuzma, among others.

He is currently studying at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo with

Severo Martinez.

Tiago Pinto

Trombone

Born in Cinfães, Tiago Pinto completed the course of Wind Instrument and Percussion in the class of Professor Hermínio Fonseca and then entered the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo do Porto in the class of Professor David Silva.

During his career he had the opportunity to work with teachers and soloists such as Ian Bousfield, Nathan Zgonc, Bill Thomas, Massimo La Rosa, David Taylor, Filipe Alves, João Martinho, Ricardo Mollá Albero, Karol Gajda, Jaume Gavillán, José Angel Isla, Juan Sanjuan, David Rejano, among others.

He regularly collaborates as a guest with several orchestras such as Orquestra de Jazz do Porto, Orquestra da Costa Atlântica, Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Sine-Nomine, Movimento Musical Cooperativo, among others.

In 2018 he made the national premiere of the concert Continental Concerto by composer Gregory Fritze under the direction of conductor José Alberto Pina.

In 2020 he was admitted to the Young Luca Brass festival (Belgium) and also to the European Spirit of Youth Orchestra ESYO (Italy). He was also admitted as a reinforcement of the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras.

In 2021 he was awarded second prize in the International Kings Peak Music Competition.

Miguel Canada

Tuba

José Miguel Batista Canada, from Machico, Madeira, Portugal, was born on May 9, 1997. In 2008 he began his Tuba studies at the Municipal Band of Machico. In 2010 he was admitted to the Performer Basic Professional Course at the University of Tuba and Euphonium by Professor Fabien Filipe at the Conservatory – Professional School of the Arts of Madeira. In 2011 he participated in the Classical Orchestra of Madeira. He participated in two consecutive years (2012-2016), in the Orchestra Stage (Youth Orchestra of the Official Music Conservatories), which took place in the cities of Aveiro, Braga, Lisbon, Azores and Porto. In that same year he participated in the International Forum Competition of Musical and Pedagogical Interpretation, where he obtained the 1st place in the wind instrument categories of solo and chamber music (Tuba Quartet and Brass Quintet). In 2015 he participated in the International Forum Competition of Musical and Pedagogical Interpretation, where he obtained the 1st place in the wind instrument solo category. In that same year, he also participated in the 10th edition of the International Competition of Wind Instruments "Terras de La Salette", where he won the 1st place.

Alfredo Leitão

Euphonium

 

Born in Lisbon to a musical family from Nespereira, Alfredo Miguel Magina Leitão began his musical journey with the SFCIA (Sociedade Filarmónica Comércio e Indústria da Amadora). His passions later led him to persue his studies further in the EMCN (Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional). Giving concerts all over Western Europe (Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Luxembourg and Ireland) and working under the baton of many conductors from all over the world, Alfredo has won many nacional and international competitions as a soloist and as a band member. Currently finishing his Bachelor in Classical Music at HKB (Höchschule der Kunste Bern) on the low brass department with Thomas Rüedi, Ian Bousfield and Rex Martin and is the conductor of Musikgesellschaft Eggiwil.

 

Rafael Frade

Euphonium

Rafael Frade, born in Valpaços, had his first contact with music in the Banda Municipal de Valpaços with the teacher João Mairos.

In 2013, at the age of 12, he enrolled in the Escola Profissional de Arte de Mirandela - ESPROARTE - where he joined the class of Tuba and Euphonium of the teacher Nuno Machado and where he finished the course of wind and percussion instrumentalist with top marks.

Throughout his academic career he participated in several musical improvement courses led by teachers David Childs, Demondrae Thurman, Robbert Vos, Gleen Van Looy, Thierry Thibault , Lilian Meurin, Bastien Baumet, Mauro Martins, Jannicke Ellingsen as well as by conductors Jan Cober, Valter Palma, António Saiote, Alberto Roque, Fernando Marinho and Douglas Bostock.

In the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, he participated in the international competition "Terras de La Salette" where he was awarded 3rd, 2nd and 1st places in the juvenile category, respectively. In 2018 he won, in the same competition, 1st place in the junior category. In the same year he achieved 2nd place (2nd Cycle) in the International Tuba and Euphonium Competition of Tours (France).

In the year 2019 he obtained the 1st prize in the Concurso da Associação Portuguesa de Tubas e Eufónios in the Junior category.

In orchestras his presence in the Bufett Crampon Wind Orchestra (2017), BSP Junior Festival (2019) and European Union Youth Wind Orchestra (EUYWO/2020) in a tour of Luxembourg, Germany and France stands out.

In his solo career stand out solo performances with the Orquestra de Sopros da ESPROARTE, Brass Band ESPROARTE, Orquestra de Sopros do Conservatório do Porto and the Orquestra de Sopros da Academia de Artes de Chaves.

He is a member of the Banda Sinfónica Transmontana and Duo Cogitatio (euphonium and marimba).

He is currently finishing his degree at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa in the class of professor Adélio Carneiro.

José Guilherme Neves

Tuba

José Guilherme Neves, born on April 27, 2004, begun in 2012 to study Euphonium in the class of professor Daniel Marques, starting, in 2015, to study Tuba, with professor Gil Gonçalves. Currently, he frequents the Orfeão de Leiria Conservatory of Arts, in the class of professor Miguel Alves.

He plays in different groups, but he yet presents himself as a soloist in the SAMP – Sociedade Artística e Musical dos Pousos, invited by Director Alberto Roque and, in 2019, with the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras.

José Guilherme Neves has participated in various national and international contests. In 2015 he earned the 2nd place in the Euphonium Junior Category of the International Competition “Terras La Salette”. In 2016 he achieved the 1st place in the same contest, but the Tuba Junior Category, gaining the same award also next year. In 2019 he won the 1st APTE (Tuba and Euphonium Portuguese Association) competition and the “Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competiton” in Brussels, where he also played in the Concert of the Laureate Musician at Studio Recital Hall Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts.

He has been attended several Master Classes with professors Adélio Carneiro, Stephane Labeyrie, Eduardo Nogueroles, Luís Oliveira, Perry Hoogendijk, among others. He also has participated 2017, 2018 and 2019 Gravíssimo Festival Editions, with the Artistic Direction of Sérgio Carolino e Hugo Assunção and where he attended classes and conferences with Gene Pokorny, Anne Jelle Visser, Shimpei Tsugita, Daniel Perantoni, Mike Forbes e Oren Marshall.

In 2019 he has been chosen for the RCO Young 1st Edition at Concertgebouw, working with the directors Jim Ross and Pablo Heras-Casado and playing with the ECO Young Orchestra at Concertgebouw and Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels.

Luís Leitão

Tuba

Born in 2004, Luís Leitão started playing euphonium at the age of 10 with professor João Defesa in the Banda Filarmónica de Reguengos de Monsaraz, switching to tuba at the age of 12. In 2019, he joined the Escola Profissional Metropolitana in Lisbon with professor Adélio Carneiro and later with professor Gil Gonçalves with whom he has been since.

He was in the Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa in the 2019/2020 season under the direction of Pedro Carneiro and in the current year was a finalist in the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has been in masterclasses with renowned tubists such as Roger Bobo, Gene Pokorny, Oren Marshall, Sumner Erickson, among others.

He works regularly with professor Sérgio Carolino.