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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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Cosing concert of the 12th edition of Gravíssimo! was a real celebration

1 Aug 2022

On 30th July, at the Fence of the Monastery of Alcobaça, there was a real celebration of low brass instruments with R'B & Mr. SC joining an unmissable selection of All Stars at Gravíssimo! - International Low Brass Academy and Festival which included the following names: Oren Marshall (tuba), David Taylor (bass trombone) and Jim Self (tuba).

Resulting from a partnership with the 30th edition of Cistermúsica - Alcobaça Music Festival, this was the closing concert of the 12th edition of Gravíssimo!, which took place between 23 and 27 August.

As a balance, the artistic director Sérgio Carolino said that "after two terrible years, it was possible to receive again guest teachers from all over the world, participating students, live concerts, conferences, master classes and exhibitions of instruments and mouthpieces".

Homage was also paid to several legendary artists such as Jim Self, David Taylor, Daniel Perantoni, Winston Morris, John Kenny, Floyd Cooley, not forgetting great artists such as Oren Marshall, Ricardo Antão, Gabriel Antão, Ricardo Carvalhoso, Mauro Martins, Bernardo Pinhal, Maria Derevyagina and the Portuguese Tuba Ensemble How Low Can You Go?.

Announcing that he is already working on the next edition, Sérgio Carolino adds that he wants it to be "simply sublime!"

The 12th edition of Gravíssimo! will be held this year from 25 to 30 July

22 Feb 2022

The 12th edition of Gravíssimo! - International Low Brass Academy and Festival, will be held this year from 25 to 30 July in Alcobaça, in another 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.

 

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 tubist and Yamaha International Artist, Sérgio Carolino is one of the most acclaimed tubists on the international scene, constantly active as a soloist and teacher in the most diverse music festivals, conservatories and universities around the world (from Europe to Australia, through Asia and the Americas).

He was awarded the Roger Bobo Prize for Excellence in Recording six times for the following albums: "Steel aLive!", his solo debut; "Agreements & Disagreements", from the project 2tUBAS&friends with Anne Jelle Visser; "Pop&Roll", from his group The Postcard Brass Band; Sérgio Carolino presents Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang, "Faraway, Nearby" with the Conical Brass project with Jeff Nelsen (horn) and Telmo Marques (piano), and in 2021 with the T'N T "Tuba 'n Tuba" project with Gene Pokorny (tuba) and Telmo Marques (piano). In Portugal he received the 2004 Jazz Revelation Musician Award by jazz critic José Duarte, and the Carlos Paredes Award for the 1st album of the trio TGB - TubaGuitar&Bateria (Drums) (Clean Feed). In 2013, he won the SPA 2013 Award in the Category of Erudite Music, for the works edited in 2012 and for promoting Portuguese music, delivered at the SPS/RTP Gala in the Grand Auditorium of the Belém Cultural Centre (CCB) in Lisbon, and which was broadcast live on Portuguese public television - RTP1.

"Owner" of a considerable discography with his most diverse and eclectic projects, some of which have won international awards, Sérgio has a wide range of interests and a musical curiosity that leads him along different paths of musical expression, from the typical classical repertoire to the purest jazz and improvised music. He has established himself as a virtuoso in standard and contemporary repertoire for tuba.

Sergio has more than 200 works written, for and dedicated to him, by composers from the five continents and for the most diverse formations and musical styles!

Carolino, was tuba teacher at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo (ESMAE) of the Instituto Politécnico do Porto (IPP) (from January 2006 to July 2019), at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (ANSO) (from October 1997 to July 2010).

He was also a guest lecturer at the prestigious Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana in the USA, in the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic year and in the second semester of the 2021/2022 academic year.

Currently, Carolino is tuba teacher at Musical Arts | Madrid (Spain), and since 2002, solo/principal tuba of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. He is also founder and artistic director of Gravíssimo! - International Low Brass Academy and Festival of Alcobaça.

Sérgio plays with his signature collection of mouthpieces from the Brass Lab Momo, Atelier in the city of Osaka - Japan, manufactured by the master Hirotaka Nakai, also using the Schlpf's Mushroom Cupe Mute, designed by himself and manufactured by the Austrian Johannes Schlipfinger.

A life lover, Sérgio loves cinema, mythology, reading, fishing, spending time with friends and walking with his loyal and faithful friend (and "artist") SPARKY, the Basset Hound.

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.

Jim Self

Tuba

Jim Self is a Los Angeles based freelance and studio musician, a veteran of thousands of motion pictures, television shows and records, and tuba soloist on many prominent movies. His tuba was the "Voice of the Mothership" in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. For many years he was first tuba for John Williams, James Horner, James Newton Howard, John Debney, and others. Jim has recorded with hundreds of artists including Placido Domingo, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Don Ellis. He is principle Tuba/Cimbasso with the Pacific and Pasadena Symphonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestras.

Early in his career Jim was in the US Army Band in Washington DC and was the Tuba professor at the University of Tennessee. Jim holds a DMA from USC's Thornton School of Music where he is an adjunct professor of Tuba and Chamber Music. His compositions and arrangements include works for solo tuba, brass quintet, other brass, string and woodwind chamber music, wind band and orchestra. Jim has produced 18 solo jazz and classical recording projects that feature jazz greats like John Chiodini, Gary Foster, Pete Christlieb,Francisco Torres, Ron Kalina and Warren Luening. Many feature his own unique instrument, the FLUBA (picture a tuba-sized Flugel Horn).

A recent classical recording is “Flying Circus, Music for Brass Quintet” - all original music by Jim Self. It features 25 of the top brass players in Los Angeles. Last year he released a triple CD “Out on the Coast” with the David Angel Jazz Ensemble. And he has 3 Tuba/Guitar jazz duo CDs with the great John Chiodini. It was just released in 2022. All of Jim's music and recordings are also available from: www.jimself.com

John Kenny

Trombone

Trombonist and composer John Kenny is internationally acclaimed for his interpretation of contemporary music, having performed and broadcast in over 60 nations to date. He also works extensively with improvisation and early music and is particularly active in collaboration with dance and theatre. In 1983 he began his long collaboration with playwright Paul Stebbings and the TNT Theatre Company performing, composing and directing music for productions which continue to tour worldwide including “Cabaret Faust”, “Tempest Now”, “The Wizard of Jazz”, “Moby Dick”, “Moon Palace”, “The Taming of The Shrew”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe”, “The Ghost of Illiam Dhone”, “The Wave”, “The Life and Death of Martin Luther King”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “Le Malade Imaginaire”, “Dracula”, “My Sister Syria” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. He has also received commissions from London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the International Trombone Association, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust, Chamber Group of Scotland, Dance Umbrella, St Magnus Festival, BBC Proms in The Park, American Drama Group Europe, The New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas (USA) the Festival d’ Angers, (France), Vokal Nord (Norway), CCMIX Institut (France), the Swedish Arts Council, Spanish Brass and the city of Wroclaw (Poland).

John is a professor at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and teaches annually at the San Marino New Music Project. He has lectured and performed at many of the world’s leading institutions, including Juilliard, Manhattan, Peabody and Eastman colleges in the USA, and the conservatoires of Paris, Angers, Angouleme, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Den Haag, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Moscow, Helsinki, Tromso, Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Gratz, Stuttgart, Hannover, Sofia, Athens, Madrid, Seville, Porto, Tokyo and Beijing.

Since the early 1990’s he has also become increasingly involved with musical archaeology. In 1993 he became the first person for 2000 years to play the great Celtic war horn known as the carnyx. He now lectures and performs on the carnyx internationally in the concert hall and on radio, television and film. In March 2003 he performed his composition “The Voice of The Carnyx” to an audience of 65,000 in the Stade De France, Paris. A recent month long lecture recital tour of the USA which included the world premier of his composition “Wild Stone” for alto flute and carnyx, was followed by the release of his seventh solo album, “Embracing the Unknown” for trombone with harp & string quartet. In 2015 he was commissioned by Spanish Brass to compose a sextet for solo trombonist-narrator and brass quintet “Nocturne” based on the poetry of poet Brian Nisbet, which was premiered at the International Trombone Festival, Valencia. 2017 saw the premier in Jutland of a new work for two bronze lurs, carnyx and soprano, a setting of the Anglo Saxon poem The Dream of the Rood. The first of an ongoing series of collaborations with the Scottish film maker Kenneth McQueenie, “Multiplex” for trombone, live electronics and film projection was premiered at the Redlands, Los Angeles. The 2nd in this series, “If you didn’t laugh….” was premiered online during the Pandemic, commissioned by the Northern Illinois University, School of Music.

John Kenny is a member of the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) with whom he has worked to bring to fruition the reconstruction of many lip reed instruments of antiquity, including the magnificent Tintignac Carnyx, recently discovered in the Correze region of France, and the Etruscan litus and cornu. A solo CD documenting this work, Dragon Voices was released on the Delphian Label in 2016, followed by a second album, Set Upon the Rood featuring Kenny’s setting of The Deer’s Cry, attributed to St Patrick, for carnyx and Loughnashade horn duo with the choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In 2017 John Kenny was the recipient of the International Trombone Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award – only the second British Trombonist ever to be accorded this honour. To find out more about John’s work visit: www.carnyxscotland.co.uk

R. Winston Morris

Tuba

R. Winston Morris, the elder statesman of tuba professors worldwide, has been internationally recognized for the past five decades as one of the leaders in the advancement of the tuba. He is Professor of Music and Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium at Tennessee Technological University (TTU), in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he has been on the faculty since 1967. Morris is regarded as the leading authority on the literature for the tuba, was one of the founding fathers of the Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association (T.U.B.A., now International Tuba Euphonium Association) and acknowledged worldwide as the major authority on the development of the tuba ensemble. He was the Senior Editor for both editions of the Tuba Source Book published by Indiana University Press as well as the “supervisor” of the Guide to the Euphonium Repertoire, tubist along with Harvey Phillips and Dan Perantoni in the Matteson/Phillips Tubajazz Consort, conductor of the large professional tuba/euphonium ensemble, Symphonia, founder and co-producer of the new tuba jazz ensemble, The Modern Jazz Tuba Project, and has been awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Tuba Euphonium Association as well as the 2003 Tennessee Tech University Caplenor Research Award, the most prestigious award presented annually to TTU faculty. More recently Morris was honored by the American Bandmasters Association with their highest award, the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation and inducted into the Tennessee Music Educators Association “Tennessee Music Education Hall of Fame”.

Miraphone sponsors R. Winston Morris' presence at Gravíssimo! 2022

Oren Marshall

Tuba

Oren Marshall began his musical career as a Tuba player playing with traditional jazz bands in South London pubs and has since worked with a diverse array of musicians and ensembles such as rock band Radiohead, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, poet Moondog, Brazilian Maestro Hermeto Pascoal, the Pan-African Orchestra from Ghana, Nigerian Juju Master King Sunny Ade and in duo with award winning vocalist, Bobby McFerrin.

He has worked with every major orchestra in London and by the age of 21 had been offered the Principal Tuba position in the London Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. He turned down both jobs in order to pursue a more risky but varied career. 

He has recorded 3 Solo albums of his own compositions and as a member of London Brass, toured the World and performed privately for the Queen of England, Prince Charles, the Pope, the German Chancellor and the Chinese Premiere.

Oren has also played on many movie soundtracks including Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the Hobbit, Kung Fu Panda, Spiderman, Men In Black, Hellboy, Dark Knight Rises, Infinity War and Mission Impossible Fallout.

He was Tuba professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for 17 years, 7 years of which he was also Head of Brass. He is now visiting professor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Since March 2020, thanks to the various lockdowns, Oren wrote and recorded many songs to boost morale in his local community and keep young children connected to live music. He now serves a network of over 400 local families who regularly attend his music sessions in South London where he lives with his two children and two dogs.

 

David Taylor

Bass Trombone

Receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Julliard School of Music, David Taylor started his playing career as a member of Leopold Stowkowski's American Symphony Orchestra, and with appearances with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez. Simultaneously, he was a member of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis jazz band, and recorded with groups ranging from Duke Ellington to The Rolling Stones. He has also recorded numerous solo CDs on the following labels: Koch, New World, ENJA, DMP, Tzadik, CIMP, PAU, and TLB.

Mr. Taylor performs recitals and concerts around the world: from Lincoln Center in NY to the Musikverein in Vienna and Suntory Hall in Japan. In addition to his own compositions, he has been involved in well over a hundred commissioning projects for solo bass trombone collaborating with composers including Alan Hovhaness, Charles Wuorinen, George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Lucia Dlugoszchewski, Eric Ewazen, Dave Liebman, and Daniel Schnyder. He has appeared and recorded chamber music with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis and performs with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orpheus, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. Throughout his career, Taylor has appeared and recorded with major jazz and popular artists including Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin. 

Mr. Taylor has won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years, and has been awarded the NARAS Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award, an honor accorded no other bass trombonist. He has also won The International Trombone Association’s Award “in recognition of his distinguished career and in acknowledgement of his impact on the world of trombone performance.

He has been a member of the bands of Gil Evans, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, JJ Johnson, Joe Henderson, George Russell, Michele Camilo, Bob Mintzer, Dave Matthews, Dave Grusin, Randy Brecker, and the Words Within Music Trio (Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, Kenny Drew Jr., The Art of the Duo (with D Schnyder), B3+, and the NowNet Art Ensemble.  He has performed on numerous GRAMMY Award winning recordings. 

David Taylor is also on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, and NYU, and plays Griego/Taylor mouthpieces exclusively.

Daniel Perantoni

Tuba

Daniel Perantoni, Tuba-Provost Professor, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Dan or “Mr. P” as his students call him is a legendary tuba artist, teacher and pedagogue as well as a trailblazer in a variety of genres including work as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, jazz musician, and instrument design. He is a founding member of the Summit Brass, Symphonia, the St. Louis Brass Quintet, the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort, and has released numerous solo albums and chamber music CD’s. He is a Buffet Crampon B&S Artist. Visit Mr. P’s web-site: danielperantoni.com

Demondrae Thurman

Euphonium

Demondrae Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists. His euphonium playing has been described as “awe inspiring”, and he is touted as “an amazing musician”. Demondrae has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist having performed in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. Many of America's premiere colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher and he continues to be in high demand. Over the last ten years, Demondrae has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world’s prestigious euphonium festivals including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition. In August of 2018, Demondrae will join the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he will teach euphonium  and brass chamber music. His primary teachers are John Stevens, J. Michael Dunn, James Jenkins, and Daniel Drill.

Demondrae is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet which tours extensively. The quartet has released three recordings on the Summit Records label; all of which have received stellar reviews. Viva Voce!: The Complete Quartets of Johns Stevens won the International Tuba/Euphonium Association award for best chamber music recording in 2006. The quartet has been featured several times on American Public Media’s, Performance Today. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Demondrae is in demand as a euphonium specialist for symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and North Carolina Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In addition to the Sotto Voce Quartet recordings, Demondrae released his first solo recording on the Summit Records label in 2005 entitled, Soliloquies. It received a 9/9 out of 10/10 from classicstoday.com and he was referred to as “having earned (his) stripes as one of the premiere euphonium players in the world”. Showing his dedication to new music, all of the music on the recording was written for him or with his playing in mind. His second album, Songs of a Wayfarer, was released in 2011. Most recently, Demondrae’s album Snapshots: The Spirit of Collaboration was released. Demondrae can also be heard on recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New South Jazz Orchestra. Demondrae Thurman is a Miraphone Performing Artist and plays exclusively the Miraphone 5050 Ambassador “Edition” euphonium which was designed specifically for him. He also plays the custom “Demondrae” model mouthpiece manufactured by Warburton Music Products and is a Shires Trombone Performing Artist.

Floyd O. Cooley

Tuba

Nationally and internationally known tubist Floyd O. Cooley has been heard in recital throughout the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Taiwan, China and Japan, appearing as soloist, clinician, giving Master Classes, and as a member of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS).

Floyd joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1969, at the time the youngest tuba player in any major orchestra in the United States. Since then he has soloed with that orchestra on two occasions, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa and Jahja Ling, given recitals in a wide variety of places, including Carnegie Hall, commissioned works by Earl Zindars and Richard Felciano and recorded three solo albums, The Romantic Tuba on Crystal Records, A Schumann Fantasy on Summit Records, and Friends in Low Places on Albany Records. He played the 1992-1993 season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Floyd spent one year at Kansas University and received a Performer's Certificate from Indiana University in 1969. While at Indiana he studied with William Bell, and also has studied with Mstislav Rostropovich, Jacob Krachmalnick and Mark Lifschey. He Studied with Arnold Jacobs from 1968-1998.

In 2001 after 31 years playing with the SFS he turned his career towards teaching. Prior to leaving the SFS, Floyd taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University and DePaul University. His teaching has taken him to New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Sweden, Japan, China, Taiwan and Central Europe. Currently he is at DePaul University teaching tuba, Pedagogy and teaching people to Teach One on One.

 

Gabriel Antão

Tenor Trombone

Gabriel Rodrigues Antão was born in Estarreja, and had his first contacts with the trombone in the Banda Visconde de Salreu, entering in 2001 in the Conservatório de Música de Aveiro in the class of professor Luís Castro, studying later (2006-2009) in the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo do Porto (ESMAE) in the class of professor Severo Martínez. In 2009 he continued his studies at the Berlin Arts University with professor Stefan Schulz as a scholarship holder of the Gulbenkian Foundation and since 2011 he is trombone soloist in the Tonkünstler orchestra in Austria.

He has collaborated with various orchestras and chamber music groups throughout Europe. His career includes the 1st Prize aequo in the Estoril Interpretation Competition, the 2nd place in the Superior level Young Musicians Prize, the Helena Sá e Costa Prize, among others. He has also performed as soloist with Das Sinfonieorchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie, with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa at the Festival ao Largo, with the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, with the Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, with the Orquestra Sinfonieta of ESMAE and with the Banda Sinfónica do Conservatório de Música de Aveiro.

Gabriel Antão also completed a PhD in Education and a Master in Management, both at the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon. He belonged to the research centre CEMRI and is the author of several publications in conferences and specialty books.

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)

In 2020 he released his first album for euphonium and piano, FLOW.

Mauro Martins has been gaining a place in the national and international musical scene, having taught masterclasses and performed concerts and recitals all over the world. He is an artist with the ADAMS brand of instruments, Brass Lab. Momo and Denis Wick.

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 currently teaching at the Franz Liszt University Weimar.

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, Matthew Murchison and Francisco Ribeiro. 

He was invited jury of the "XIV Terras de La Salette International Competition for Wind Instruments" in April 2019, where he also performed solo, performing the national premiere of Patrick Schulz's "Concerto for euphonium". In December 2019 he performed the national premiere of Carlos Pellicer's "Euphontastic" with the Armab Symphonic Band. In January 2020 he premiered, together with Gabriel Antão and the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, the work "Antão... e quê?", by Alexandre Almeida.

He plays frequently with Orchestras and Ensembles such as Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, 21st Century Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa, Camerata Nov'Arte, Mr. SC and the Wild Bones Gang and 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 also holds a PhD in Music and Musicology, specialising in Interpretation, from the University of Évora.

Ensembles to be announced soon

Composers to be announced soon

Bernardo Pinhal

Piano

Bernardo Pinhal is a freelance pianist and singer born in Porto. Also in Porto he completed his piano degree at ESMAE with professor Miguel Borges Coelho. He then studied with Dimitri Bashkirov at the prestigious Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and then at the Hochschule für Musik 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. Among the most decisive teachers in his education are Denis Lossev, Marta Gulyas, Luís Fernando Pérez and Anton Kernjak, among many others.

He has been awarded prizes in numerous national and international competitions, such as the International Competition of San Sebastian, the Santa Cecilia Competition in Oporto, or the AGEAS Prize (in duo with pianist Sérgio de A), and has played as soloist or chamber musician in the most prestigious Portuguese venues. He has several chamber groups and partnerships with whom he regularly performs or recordings all over the country. He has recorded or participated in the recording of five discs, a film-concert - (a)Variações - and several videos in duo as pianist and arranger, playing with Mauro Martins, Hugo Assunção, Sérgio Carolino and Mónica Pais, Laura Martins and Jorge Balça. He is also a songwriter and has published two tracks entirely interpreted and produced by himself.

Bernardo has been a regular pianist at the Gravíssimo! festival since 2017, as well as at the Suggia Prize; he has played with the Quarteto Contratempus and was pianist at the Companhia all'Opera; he is a substitute member of the Casa da Música Choir and a regular member of the Moços do Coro, Schola Cantorvm Colegiada de Cedofeita, Ópera Encantada and Capella Duriensis. He was one of the choralists in Mátria, by Fernando Lapa, and performer in Guarda-Jóias, and is the ensemble pianist in Gaudeamus, by António Victorino d'Almeida. He studies singing with professors Deolinda Resende and Luís Rendas Pereira.

Maria Derevyagina

Piano

Maria Derevyagina was born in St. Petersburg into a family of musicians. She graduated from the SSMSH of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Professor Zora Zucker, then continued her studies at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory with Professor Alexander Sandler and in post-graduate with Professor Leonid Zaichik.

Laureate of international competitions: "Anton Rubinstein" in Dresden, "Maria Yudina" in St. Petersburg, "The  Path to Mastery" in Moscow and many others.

She performs as a soloist and an ensemble in various compositions in cities of Russia and abroad, took part in the festival "Bad Kissiger Sommer Fest" in Germany.

Currently, Maria successfully combines teaching at the SSMSH of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and performing activity.

Young Talents to be announced soon