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8th Low Brass International Academy and Festival · Alcobaça

August 27th to 31st, 2018

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The city of Alcobaça emerges once again as the perfect place to welcome some of the most important musical ambassadors of the low brass international panorama. The musical tradition of this county has developed exponentially as a result of the emergence of some names that have marked the music scene in our country and soon went beyond borders, contaminating many other parts of the globe with the passionate, determined and innovative spirit of the artists of this region. 

Some of these artists emerged from the rearmost part of the stage show, which are strategically positioned as a result of the unavoidable dimension of their serious and powerful voices. This tumultuous sound that erupts from the depths and shakes the most unwary to soon and immediately transport their spirit into the most heavenly harmonies, is at the genesis of the quest that has always united the artistic directors. 

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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,

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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 leading 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 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). Since 2010 he is also artist director of GRAVÍSSIMO! - Alcobaça International Summer Low Brass Academy & Festival. Sérgio received for Four times 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. Sérgio has been guest soloist at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass 2006 premiering Paulo Perfeito’s “Hanging’ from the Strings – Fantasy for Tuba, Strings and Harp” with the Melbourne University Chamber and then later in 2007 with the Algarve Orchestra. Sérgio premiered “SoNotas – Concertino for Tuba & String Orchestra” by composer Francisco Loreto at the Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, soloing with the Fundação Orquestra Estúdio and more recently Jorge Salgueiro’s “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139” with the Santa Fé Municipal Symphony Orchestra (Argentina) at the international festival TrombOnanza. As Guest soloist, Sérgio performs, records and premiere new works regularly with the Portuguese world class ensemble Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa (BSP) (Portuguese Symphonic Wind Band): Jorge Salgueiro “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139”, Telmo Marques “Guide to the Glory”, Luís Cardoso “Double Concertino for Tenor Saxophone, Tuba & Band” (with Mário Marques), Daniel Martinho “Constellations” concerto for low orchestral brass solo & band, Daniel Moreira “Flashback”, Samuel Pascoal “Double Concertino for Euphonium, Tuba and Band” (with Ricardo Antão), Andrew Batterham “Concertino for Tuba and Band” & Frank Steckar “Les Trois Mousses de Terre” for three jazz tubas and concert band (with the European Tuba Trio). Mr Carolino plays with his own signature MoMo Atelier (Osaka - Japan) Mouthpiece Collection Models: SÉRGIO CAROLINO SC-FL, SC-F210, SC-1BL & SC-0C made by master Hirotaka Nakai, also using his own design “Mushroom Cup Mute Model”, manufactured by the Austrian maker Johannes Schlipfinger. In 2010, Sérgio has conceived a new instrument, based on British virtuoso tuba player Oren Marshall's Orenophone, made by North Americans brass makers, Tim Sullivan and Harold Hartman, which he called Lusophone & 'Lucifer'! Sérgio enjoys going to the cinema, fishing crabs and octopus, spending time with his good friends and since three years, with his loyal friend SPARKY – the Basset Hound.

for Booking, more information, please visit and contact:
(Mr Milton Sampaio)
palco.improvisado@gmail.com
www.palcoimprovisado.com
https://www.facebook.com/Sergio.Carolino.Musician
https://soundcloud.com/sergio-carolino

Hugo Assunção

Tenor Trombone

Born in Vestiaria (Alcobaça) in 1969. In 1983 joined the National Conservatory of Music, in the Class of Professor Emídio Coutinho. During his academic career, he studied with the most diverse young orchestras, including the Portuguese Youth Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra and Mediterranean Youth Orchestra. He was a guest musician with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra; Régie Symphony Orchestra; Classical Orchestra of Porto; São Carlos Theater National Orchestra; Madeira Classical Orchestra; Orchestra of Algarve; Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra; Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra; Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música; Warsaw Symphony Orchestra; Jazz Orchestra of Matosinhos and Jazz Orchestra of Hot Clube de Portugal. Between 1988 and 1992 he was the First Trombone place in the São Carlos Theater National Orchestra. He was a member of Orchestrutópica. He was a founding member and main promoter of some of the first metal groups created in Portugal: Hot Brass Quintet , Lisbon Brass Decatect , Portuguese Trombones Ensemble, Portuguese Brass Quintet, Brass Quintet of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he created the APPIS Newspaper Trombonists Nucleus, the first specialized publication created in Portugal, distributed to more than 300 trombonists throughout the country. He taught at the Aveiro University, ESMAE – Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment (Porto), Espinho Professional Music School and Gualdim Pais Professional School in Tomar. He was Professor of Trombone and Chamber Music in the Music Courses of Pousos (Leiria), Loures and Caldas da Rainha. He is regularly invited to teach Masterclasses in Portugal and abroad. He organized courses with several trombonists, including the renowned American jazz trombonists Conrad Herwig, Ed Neumeister and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra's First Trombone – Joseph Alessi. In 2006 he recorded two CDs for Afinaudio label, a solo project – Vox Gabrieli, and another as leader of the Trombones Portuguese Ensemble – A Different Era. In 2012 he recorded a double CD with Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang. In August of 2014 he recorded a second album with the group Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang, participating as soloist alongside names like Eugene Pokorny (tuba solo of the Chicago Orchestra), Shimpei Tsugita (tuba solo of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra), Eijiro Nakagawa (trombone/composer and Yamaha artist) and Demondrae Thurman (euphonium, Sotto Voce Quartet). In November 2016 he recorded an album with the band Crossfade in collaboration with Daniel Bernardes (piano and project leader), João Barradas (accordion), Sérgio Carolino (tuba), Ricardo Toscano (saxophone and clarinet), Jeffrey Davis Mário Marques (saxophone). In 2016 he was the Musical Director of The BellsBrass Ensemble during the recording of an album in which the international soloist Sérgio Carolino participated. In 2017 he was the Music Director invited to lead the metal ensemble Massive Brass Attack (ESMAE) in a record with international soloists Sérgio Carolino and Nimrod Ron. Along with tuba player Sérgio Carolino, he is Musical Director of one of the most prestigious international low brass festivals, GRAVÍSSIMO! Low Brass International Academy and Festival, held annually in Alcobaça. He teaches Trombone and Chamber Music subjects at Lisbon Superior Music School. Currently he is Musical Director of The BellsBrass Ensemble and the ensemble of brass and percussion ESML Brass Crew, and Artistic Director of the group Mr. SC & the Wild Bones Gang. He is First Trombone/Section Coordinator of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra.

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

Mike Forbes

Tuba

An artist of widely diverse musical talents, Mike Forbes (b. 1973, currently living near Madison, WI) “…is an outstanding tubist with a solid, colorful tone, terrific technical skills, and dramatic flair” (American Record Guide). He can be heard on his 2 solo albums on Summit Records: Forbes Plays Koetsier (Summit Records) where he features all seven works for solo tuba by Dutch composer, Jan Koetsier, and his more recently released Forbes Plays Forbes featuring his own compositions for tuba. He has been a featured tubist with the Guy's All Star Shoe band on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller and also gave the first ever solo tuba recital on Wisconsin Public Radio’s popular broadcast, Live from the Chazen. He has very recently collaborated with European Tuba Phenom, Sérgio Carolino in a new recording "Full Tilt" featuring many of his new works for tuba duo and drums....that album will be released in 2018. Dr. Forbes is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He studied at the University of Maryland (DMA), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM), and during his junior year at Penn State (BM) he took an exchange to Manchester, England where he continued his studies the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. His foremost teachers have included John Stevens, Toby Hanks, Gene Pokorny, Marty Erickson, and Mark Lusk.

Oren Marshall

Tuba

Oren Marshall is a world renowned Tuba player, multi-instrumentalist and Educator. He is blessed to have travelled all over the World playing with so many great and diverse musical souls including the London Philharmonic, Hermeto Pascoal from Brazil, the Pan-African Orchestra from Ghana, Abbos from Uzbekistan, King Sunny Ade from Nigeria and multi-award winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin. International dignitaries he has entertained and performed for include the Queen, Prince Charles and the Pope. He is the inventor of a unique instrument called the Orenophone, which is essentially a re-imagined and re-configured Tuba. He lives with his 2 children and 2 dogs in London.

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.

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.

Marshall Gilkes

Trombone

Trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes integrates myriad influences into a singular and distinctive voice, combining the spontaneous invention of jazz with the elegant architecture of classical composition and virtuosic technique with passionate emotion. His sound can be heard in the lush impressionism of the Maria Schneider Orchestra; the exotic chamber jazz of Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda’s trio; and New York’s thriving Latin music scene. He has conducted his music with the WDR Big Band, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Airmen of Note, and Army Blues. He’s also performed with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Christian McBride Big Band, Billy Cobham, Richard Bona, and Barbra Streisand. A finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2003, Gilkes has released four albums as a leader. The latest, Köln, features his compositions for Germany’s WDR Big Band and was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2016. Gilkes is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is an Assistant Professor of music at Berklee College of Music. He is an artist for Edwards Instruments.

Ricardo Pereira

Tenor Trombone

Ricardo Pereira, a native of Braga, began his musical studies with his father, António Pereira. He studied at the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory of Music in Braga (1999-2006), having completed the course of player in the class of Professor Zeferino Pinto, obtaining a maximum classification and being distinguished with the Artistic Merit Award. He pursued his studies at the ESMAE – Superior Music School of Arts and Entertainment of Porto (2006-2009) where he finished his degree in trombone with the highest distinction in the class of Professor Severo Martinez. In the years between 2011 and 2013 he studied at the Minho University, completing his Master's Degree in Music Pedagogy. He is currently soloist of the Remix Ensemble. During his course he had the opportunity to work with professors and soloists such as Simon Cowen, Jacques Mauger, Severo Martinez, Robert Blossom, Jon Etterbeek, Petur Eiriksson, Gyorgy Gyivicsan, Stefan Schulz, Otmar Gaiswinkler, Andrea Conti, Charles Vernon, Mark Hampson, Toby Oft and Bart Claessens. Winner of the 1st Prize at the 16th Chieri International Competition 2016. Winner of the 1st Prize at the Young Musicians Prize (RDP-RTP 2013). Winner of the 1st Prize at the 2nd National Competition Terras de La Salette 2009. Awarded with the 3rd Prize at the Young Musicians Prize (RDP-RTP 2008). As trombone soloist he joined the European Union Wind Orchestra, Orquesta Joven de la Sinfónica de Galicia, International Mahler Orchestra, The World Orchestra, with whom he performed concerts all over Europe, and Lucerne Festival Academy. He has collaborated with several Orchestras as a trombone soloist, including the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Madeira Classical Orchestra, Algarve Orchestra, North Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and Klangforum Wien. He has been invited to develop, throughout the country, workshops, masterclasses, internships and juries in contests. He performed as a soloist with the Viana do Castelo Professional Music School Orchestra, Portuguese Symphonic Band, North Orchestra, Chieri Sinfonietta Orchestra and Gulbenkian Orchestra. He is the author of BRAB Trombones Quartet, published in 2016 by AVA Musical Editions. During the 2010 and 2011 seasons he was a soloist at North Orchestra. He is currently a professor at Calouste Gulbenkian Music Conservatory in Braga and Lisbon Superior School of Music. He is a founding member of Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang and Portuguese Brass. He is currently artist Vincent Bach.

Nuno Martins

Bass Trombone

Portuguese bass trombonist, currently Stomvi Artist and soloist in Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música. He also taught at Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto (ESMAE) from 2014 to 2016. He studied at Artistic Professional School of Vale do Ave (ARTAVE) in Santo Tirso and at Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto (ESMAE) in Porto . He pursued his musical knowledge by attending Masterclasses with internationally renowned Professors, such as: since 2006 and after a European audition, he was invited to join the Gustav Mahler Orchestras and the Schelswig-Holstein Musik Festival Academy, where he had the opportunity to work with the maestros Cláudio Abado, Phellip Jordan, Lawrence Foster, Christoph Enchenbach, Cristoph Van Donany, Thomas Hengelbrock and others. Nuno has regularly collaborated with the following orchestras: Lisbon Metropolitan, Porto National, Filarmonia das Beiras, Lisbon Sinfonietta, Remix-Ensemble Casa da Música, Galicia Symphony (Spain), Madeira Classical, Algarve Classical and São Carlos Theater Portuguese National Symphony. Throughout his career he has acted a bit all over the globe, playing with the most diverse projects, giving recitals and Masterclasses. Portugal, Scotland, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, USA, France, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Brazil were some of these countries. Soon, he will introduce himself as a teacher and soloist at festivals in Finland and Argentina and Germany. In the summer of 2011 he made the European debut of the work FREYJA for bass trombone and symphonic orchestra of composer Cláudio Moreira with Landesjugendorchester Bremen recording live DVD. Member of the Massive Brass Attack !, Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang, T'NT, Duo Subwoofer (with Sérgio Carolino), and also founder of the project SURREAL with Bruno Costa (percussion).

Portuguese bass trombonist, currently Stomvi Artist and soloist in Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música. He also taught at Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto (ESMAE) from 2014 to 2016. He studied at Artistic Professional School of Vale do Ave (ARTAVE) in Santo Tirso and at Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto (ESMAE) in Porto . He pursued his musical knowledge by attending Masterclasses with internationally renowned Professors, such as: since 2006 and after a European audition, he was invited to join the Gustav Mahler Orchestras and the Schelswig-Holstein Musik Festival Academy, where he had the opportunity to work with the maestros Cláudio Abado, Phellip Jordan, Lawrence Foster, Christoph Enchenbach, Cristoph Van Donany, Thomas Hengelbrock and others. Nuno has regularly collaborated with the following orchestras: Lisbon Metropolitan, Porto National, Filarmonia das Beiras, Lisbon Sinfonietta, Remix-Ensemble Casa da Música, Galicia Symphony (Spain), Madeira Classical, Algarve Classical and São Carlos Theater Portuguese National Symphony. Throughout his career he has acted a bit all over the globe, playing with the most diverse projects, giving recitals and Masterclasses. Portugal, Scotland, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, USA, France, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Brazil were some of these countries. Soon, he will introduce himself as a teacher and soloist at festivals in Finland and Argentina and Germany. In the summer of 2011 he made the European debut of the work FREYJA for bass trombone and symphonic orchestra of composer Cláudio Moreira with Landesjugendorchester Bremen recording live DVD. Member of the Massive Brass Attack !, Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang, T'NT, Duo Subwoofer (with Sérgio Carolino), and also founder of the project SURREAL with Bruno Costa (percussion).

 

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.

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. His two new releases in 2018 on TLB are: And If All Were Dark, and Atomic Bomb Blues. Mr. Taylor performs recitals and concerti 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 dozens of 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 been a member of the bands of Gil Evans, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, JJ Johnson, Joe Henderson, George Russell, Michelle Camillo, Bob Mintzer, Dave Matthews, Dave Grusin, Randy Brecker, and the Words Within Music Trio (Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, Kenny Drew Jr., and B3*. He has performed on numerous GRAMMY Award winning recordings. David Taylor está ainda nas faculdades da Manhattan School of Music e Mannes College. David Taylor is also on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College. He plays Edwards bass trombones, and Griego/Taylor mouthpieces exclusively.

Demondrae Thurman

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.

Ricardo Antão

Euphonium

He is Assistant Teacher of Tuba and Euphonium and teacher of Chamber Music at ESMAE, Porto, Teacher of Euphonium and Chamber Music at the University of Aveiro and Teacher of Tuba and Euphonium and teacher of Chamber Music at JOBRA; between 2012 and 2017 he taught Euphonium at Costa Cabral Music Academy (Porto) and Euphonium and Chamber Music at Covilhã Professional School of Arts (EPABI), in 2012/2013. He is frequently invited to lecture Masterclasses in Portugal and regularly plays as soloist. Founding member of the following ensembles: Portuguese Tuba Ensemble “How Low Can You Go?”, Trítono, DualSim, BlindDuo and Dual Soundway. He premiered works from Matthew Murchison, Marco Alves, Daniel Moreira and Samuel Pascoal. He began his musical studies in the Visconde de Salreu Band and entered the Calouste Gulbenkian Aveiro Music Conservatory  in 2002, where he finished the 8th degree in the class of Prof. Gil Gonçalves. In 2007 he joined ESMAE, in the class of Prof. Sérgio Carolino, graduating with distinction. In 2010 he joined the HKB (Hochschule der Künste Bern), Switzerland, in the class of Prof. Thomas Rüedi, where he completed the Master's degree in euphonium, also studying trombone with Prof. Ian Bousfield. Between 2012 and 2014 he holds a Master's Degree in Music - Artistic Interpretation, in trombone in the class of Prof. Severo Martinez, at ESMAE. At the same time, he entered the Aveiro University in 2013, where he holds a Master's Degree in Music Teaching, in euphonium. In 2015 he joined the Évora University, where he is doing PhD in Music and Musicology, Interpretation variant. He attended Masterclasses with the most respected tuba, euphonium and trombone players. They are: Thomas Rüedi, Jukka Myllys, Anthony Caillet, Demondrae Thurman, Shoichiro Hokazono, Stefan Schulz, David Bruchez, Andreas Klein, Gene Pokorny, Shimpei Tsugita, Steven Mead, Matthew Van Emmerick, Sérgio Carolino, Roger Bobo, Jim Self, Anne Jelle Visser, Mike Forbes, Daniel Perantoni, Shmuel Hershko, François Thuillier, Howard Johnson, Oren Marshall, Eijiro Nakagawa, among others. He has collaborated with several orchestras and formations, such as the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Casa da Música, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, 21st Century Orchestra, Portuguese Symphonic Band, National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, European Youth Brass Band, Camerata Nov'Arte, Sonópolis Project, Mr. SC and the Wild Bones Gang, Estarreja Big Band, among others. He was awarded prizes in national and international competitions, including a 1st Prize Junior Category at the National Competition Terras de La Salette, in Portugal in 2008, and a 3rd Prize at the International Tuba and Euphonium Competition, Artist Euphonium Division, in Linz, Austria, in 2012.

Mauro Martins

Euphonium

Mauro António Martins was born on 4th July 1995 at Aargau, Switzerland. He began his musical studies on September 2010, in EPABI (Professional Music School), with Nuno Machado, and concluded his high school in music in 2016, with Luís Oliveira. He reached the highest degree (20 values) in the two final exams. Mauro was participated in important competitions, such as Terras de La Sallette (1st prize - junior, and later, senior categories), EPABI's internal competition (1st prize), and reached the semifinal and the final of the ITEC and the Concours Tuba Tours competitions, respectively.
He is member of the Portuguese Wind Orchestra (principal euphonium), and of the How Long Can You Go; and Massive Brass Attack! ensembles. Artist in ADAMS (euphonium), Wallace (mutes) and MO 2 (mouthpieces). Mauro is currently finishing the 2nd year of BA graduation, in ESMAE (School of Music and performing arts), in the class of Sérgio Carolino.

More Guest Artists to be announced

Dopey Monkey

Dopey Monkey

Consisting of Martin Thomson and Danielle Price, Dopey Monkey draw upon their experience of various styles of music to create new compositions and explore all things tuba and euphonium.

Martin Thomson:
Originally from Elgin, Moray, Martin learned to play the Euphonium through the Council's Music Education Scheme. In 2011, he moved to Edinburgh to study at St Mary's Music School where he won the SMMS Concerto Competition. Martin has performed concertos and solo pieces across the UK; as a soloist with various brass bands as well as performing in his trombone quartet, Aeris Brass who have worked alongside Carol Jarvis, John Kenny, Mike Lovatt, Rex Richardson, Glenn Munro, Susan Hamilton, Emily White and Rick Taylor. Martin is one of the founders of the 'Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra' - a big band featuring musicians from conservatoires across the UK. The orchestra raises money for various charities and provides an educational resource for areas where there is no jazz education. Martin is currently studying a BMus Jazz with Oren Marshall at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London where he regularly performs with a variety of ensembles including the Old Jelly Rollers and the Dream Casters. He is a recipient of the Fordham University Founder’s Scholars award as well as the Donald Dewar award which supports the brightest and best of Scotland's young artistic talent.

Danielle Price:
Supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Danielle graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with distinction from the Master of Music course where she was awarded the RCS Governor’s Recital Prize for Brass and was made a recipient of the Robert McCreath Memorial Prize. She has since enjoyed a versatile career playing in range of projects and ensembles including Pure Brass Quintet, Sensory Illusions, Red Note Ensemble, The Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra, “The Night With…” alongside Tom Poulson and Timothy Cooper, New Antonine Brass Quintet (current Live Music Now Scotland artists) and traditional jazz ensemble The Copper Cats. She has performed in the bands of Bill Wells & Aiden Moffat, Ashley Paul, Bella Hardy, Oxbow and works as an extra musician with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2018, Danielle was a featured artist in BBC Tectonics Festival as well as Loch Shiel Festival where she performed a site-specific concert for solo tuba and tuba trio alongside Mark Reynolds and Antony Hook underneath Glenfinnan Viaduct.

More Ensembles to be announced

Telmo Marques

Telmo Marques (b. 1963) is a Portuguese pianist, composer and arranger from Oporto. He studied Piano, Composition, and Music Analysis with Fernanda Wandschneider, Hélia Soveral, Carlos Cebro, Jean Martin, Fernando Puchol, Fernando Lapa, Cândido Lima, Paul Trein, and Miguel Ribeiro-Pereira. He did further studies with Jean Martin, Carlos Cebro, Fernando Puchol, and Paul Trein. He Finished the Porto Conservatory of Music (superior diploma) with the highest grade – 20 valores. Further, he graduated in piano at the ESMAE-IPP (Prize Eugénio de Almeida – best classification), completed a Master of Arts at Roehampton University in UK, and a PhD programme in Computer Music at the UCP – Portuguese Catholic University (summa cum laude). He still develops an activity as a performer, especially in chamber music and jazz combos, playing in Portugal, Madrid, Barcelona, Tenerife, Paris, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Luxemburg, Genève, Zurich, Macau, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, etc. As a composer, he received commissions for Orchestral, Soloists, Chamber Music, and Advertising. Porto 2001 Cultural Capital and Guimarães 2012 Cultural Capital are both examples of those commissions. He has also contributed to a wide range of music for theatrical plays, documentaries, and hundreds of commercials. He has over than 100 recording participations as pianist, arranger, composer and/or producer. Some of his compositions are published in score by BIM editions, AVA editions, and Molenaar editions. He is professor Adjunto and Head of the Music Department in ESMAE (Superior Music School of the Oporto Polytechnic Institute), where he teaches Music Analysis and Composition. He is also an integrated member of the CITAR – UCP (Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts), and a collaborative researcher of the i2ADS (Instituto de Investigação em Arte, Design e Sociedade).

Mike Forbes

An artist of widely diverse musical talents, Mike Forbes (b. 1973, currently living near Madison, WI) “…is an outstanding tubist with a solid, colorful tone, terrific technical skills, and dramatic flair” (American Record Guide). He can be heard on his 2 solo albums on Summit Records: Forbes Plays Koetsier (Summit Records) where he features all seven works for solo tuba by Dutch composer, Jan Koetsier, and his more recently released Forbes Plays Forbes featuring his own compositions for tuba. He has been a featured tubist with the Guy's All Star Shoe band on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller and also gave the first ever solo tuba recital on Wisconsin Public Radio’s popular broadcast, Live from the Chazen. He has very recently collaborated with European Tuba Phenom, Sérgio Carolino in a new recording "Full Tilt" featuring many of his new works for tuba duo and drums....that album will be released in 2018. Dr. Forbes is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He studied at the University of Maryland (DMA), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (MM), and during his junior year at Penn State (BM) he took an exchange to Manchester, England where he continued his studies the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. His foremost teachers have included John Stevens, Toby Hanks, Gene Pokorny, Marty Erickson, and Mark Lusk.

Andrew Batterham

Andrew Batterham is an Australian composer, arranger, songwriter and performer. He is active across many genres including art music, jazz, corporate music, big bands, TV, and educational music. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
After studying composition with
Brenton Broadstock, Andrew worked as a trumpet player and pianist in the Melbourne commercial scene for many years. Upon winning the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, he travelled to New York to study with Broadway arranger Ian Finkel, and to London for lessons with John McCabe. Other awards include the National Songwriting Contest, Corbould Composition Prize (Queensland Symphony), and commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many other organisations.

Commercially Andrew’s corporate music has been heard on videos, TV and radio in commercials, short film scores and corporate events. He has also arranged orchestral backing music for albums by various artists. Recent activity includes Concertino for solo tuba and wind band (winner of the Harvey Phillips Award), premiered by Sérgio Carolino and the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa at the São João Festival in Portugal, Composer-in-residence at the Sydney International Brass Festival, performances at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, a playlist for makingwaves.com, and CD releases for Tall Poppies (Australia) and Cala Records (UK).

Andrew’s music is published in Australia, the USA and the UK. He is on the staff at the Australian Institute of Music as Program Leader Academic Support.

More composers to be announced

Anna Cortini

Anna Cortini was born in 1991 in Forlì (Italy), where she began studying piano at a young age. In 2015 she achieved the Piano Diploma (Master Degree; final mark 9.75/10) at the Conservatorio “G. B. Martini” (Bologna), with the guidance of M°Victoria Pontecorboli. During her studies, she performed as piano soloist in 2011 at Conservatorio “B. Maderna” (Cesena). In 2012 she played piano solo for the musical review “Musica in Fiore”, edited by the Conservatorio “G.B. Martini” (Bologna). In 2015 she played in a piano solo recital at the Istituto musicale “A. Masini” (Forlì). In 2017 she played in the musical review “Bélà Bartòk – Il pianista – Antologia di canti” at the Conservatorio “G. B. Martini” (Bologna), edited by M° Francesco Dilaghi. In 2018 she performed as piano soloist in the musical review “Il Vincolo della Forma”, edited by Associazione “Finis Terrae” (Bologna). During her education, she attended several Masterclass of piano by M° Piernarciso Masi, M° Luigi Tanganelli, M° Maurizio Baglini, M° Davide Franceschetti and M° Tatiana Levitina. Since 2009, in parallel to soloist studies, she has studied chamber music, particularly the repertoire for clarinet, viola and violin at the Conservatorio “B. Maderna” (Cesena) and the Istituto Musicale “G. Verdi” (Ravenna), with M° Piero Vincenti, M° Luciano Bertoni and M° Paolo Chiavacci. Since 2011 she has played as accompanist pianist in the context of auditions, rehearsals and exams at Conservatorio “G. B. Martini” (Bologna), Istituto musicale “G. Verdi” (Ravenna), Conservatorio “B. Maderna” (Cesena) and Conservatorio “G. Verdi” (Milano). In 2015/2016 she did the post-diploma internship at the Conservatorio “G. B. Martini” (Bologna), where she worked as pianist in chamber music classes and exams, playing classic and contemporary repertoire, under the guidance of M° Guido Felizzi. During the internship, she also specialized in piano teaching at the piano class of M° Victoria Pontecorbol. In 2016/2017 she worked as piano professor for the Associazione “MusicaPer” (Bologna), as part of the “Musica Scuola” project, sponsored by the Emilia-Romagna Regional School Office.

Bernardo Pinhal

Winner of several national competitions, having completed in 2016 the Master in Performance as student of Claudio Martinez Mehner in Basel (with scholarship of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), and Professor at the Music and Dance Conservatory of Bragança and Academia Fernandes Fão.

More Pianists to be announced

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.

José Santos

Tuba

He began his musical studies with his grandfather, Arnaldino Tedim, at the age of four. Currently, he attends his first year of degree in the Porto Superior School of Music and Arts (ESMAE), being a student of professor Sérgio Carolino, in the class of Tuba. He was Laureate in several competitions, namely in the International Competition of Wind Instruments "Terras de La Salette", Competition of the Spanish Association of Tubas and Bombardinos, Young Musicians Prize, among others. He joined several orchestras, such as, Orquestra do Norte; Sinfonietta Orchestra; Vermoim Philharmonic Orchestra, Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra and OJ.COM Orchestra, having participated in concerts in several venues of the country. He participated in several festivals, among which stands out APTE (Portuguese Association of Tubas and Euphoniums), Gravíssimo (Alcobaça Low Brass International Academy and Festival), AETYB (Spanish Association of Tubas and Bombardinos) and Aflaup (Portugal Association of Flutists). He is a member of the tuba Portuguese Ensemble How Low Can You Go? and Massive Brass Attack! both directed by professor Sérgio Carolino. In his musical career he highlights the influences of Sérgio Carolino, Gileno Santana and Dirk Hirthe.

João Bastos

Tenor Trombone

João Bastos, native of Aveiro, was born on August 27, 1999. He began his studies at Music Academy of the Recreational and Musical Association Amigos da Branca (ARMAB) in the class of Professor Álvaro Pinto, with 7 years old. In 2009, he entered the Music Conservatory of Jobra (Basic/Articulated Teaching) in the class of teacher Gabriel Dias, continuing later in the ARMAB Music Academy in the class of teacher Élson Pinho. He continued his studies at the Music Conservatory of Jobra, joining the professional education in the class of Professor Álvaro Pinto, a course concluded with a 20 points PAP. In 2017, he enrolled in the Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment, in the class of Professor David Silva, a course he currently attends. In 2014, he won the 1st prize of the Ateneu Vilafranquense Competition by the ARMAB Symphonic Band. That same year, in cooperation with the same association, he won the 1st place (2nd prize) in the International Competition of Bandes de Música Vila d 'Altea. Two years later, this time performing in the Winds Orchestra of the Arts Academy of Chaves, returned to conquer the 1st place (2nd prize) in the International Competition of Bandes de Música Vila d 'Altea. Participated in the 8th Stage of the National Youth Orchestra (ONJ), from July 25 to August 1, 2015. A year later, he participated in the 9th Stage of the same orchestra. In that same year, after a vote of all participants, he was honored with the internship merit award. It is worth noting the achievement of the 2nd prize in the Terras de La Sallette Competition in 2015 (Youth Category) and, in the International Trombone Competition of Castelo de Paiva, the 3rd prize in 2016 (Junior Category) and the 1st prize in 2018. In 2016 he was one of the 8 semifinalists of the "Young Musicians Prize", in the superior category, soloists, trombone, with only 16 years. He was distinguished by the Municipality of Albergaria-a-Velha as the best student of the 11th year of the Music Conservatory of Jobra, in the academic year 2015-2016 and again in the academic year 2016-2017 in the 12th year. Joined the Young Portuguese Orchestra (JOP) for the seasons 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. He was admitted to the Atlantic Coast Orchestra, with artistic residency in Esposende, under the direction of maestro Luís Clemente. After the participation in the Gulbenkian Stage for Orchestra in July 2017, he was hired to do a program with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in September 2017. In October 2017, he won the 1st trombone in the Fátima Classical Orchestra. In February 2018 he is selected to participate in the project "Side by Side", an initiative promoted by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which consisted of playing in the same orchestra under the direction of the conductor Semyon Bychkov. He is currently a musician of the Massive Brass Attack !, metal ensemble created by Professor Sérgio Carolino. Throughout his education he has attended numerous training courses in trombone practice, with performers such as David Silva, Severo Martinez, Jarrett Buttler, André Conde, Stefan Schulz, Ian Bousefield, Andreas Klein, Filipe Alves, Bill Thomas, among others. At a professional level, he has accumulated experience as a trombonist in symphonic orchestra contexts, woodwind orchestra, jazz big band and symphonic band and other ensembles. To highlight are the works with the Royal Concertobouw Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Gulbenkian Stage Orchestra, ONJ, JOP, Santa Maria da Feira Orchestra and Symphonic Band, Wind Orchestra of Chaves Academy of Fine Arts, with the ART'J Wind Orchestra, the ART'J Symphony Orchestra, the Big Band Estarrejazz, the ARMAB Symphonic Band, among others. Throughout his career, he has had the pleasure of working with several teachers, including Paulo Martins, Hernâni Petiz, José Eduardo Gomes, Armando Saldarini, Francisco Ferreira, Cristiano Silva, Pablo Urbina, Álvaro Pinto, André Granjo, Carlos Marques, Pedro Carneiro , Luciano Pereira, José Petit, Joana Carneiro, Quentin Hindley, Sérgio Carolino, António Saiote, José Maria Moreno, Semyon Bychkov, among others.

Leonardo Fernandes

Tenor Trombone

Leonardo André Nunes Fernandes was born in Braga in 1998. He began his musical studies in 2004 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory of Music in Braga, finishing in 2016 the 8th grade, in the class of Professor Zeferino Pinto, with the maximum classification and having received the Prize Conservatory, Academic Merit Award, Artistic Merit Award and Best Finalist Student Award. In 2016 he joined the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto - ESMAE where he attends the 2nd year of his Bachelor in Professor Severo Martínez's class. He attended masterclasses with Severo Martínez, Petur Eiriksson, Reinaldo Guerreiro, Zeferino Pinto, Portuguese Brass, David Silva, Gabriel Antão, Kevin Hakes, Hugo Assunção, György Gyivicsan, Nuno Martins, Jarrett Butler, Stefan Schulz, Ricardo Pereira, Joaquim Oliveira, Luis Diego Bonnilla, Jacques Mauger, Thomas Horsch, Ian Bousfield, Filipe Alves, David Bruchez, Justin Clark, Massimo La Rosa, Bill Thomas, Zsolt Szabo, Robert Kaip, Fabrice Millischer, Jamie Williams, Csaba Wagner and Zoltan Kiss. He participates in the ESMAE Symphonic and Wind Orchestra. He attended the Symphonic and Wind Orchestra of the Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory of Music in Braga; I, II, III and IV "Estágio de Orquestra CMCG", 1st Internship of Musical Improvement for Young Philharmonics - Youth Orchestra "Sopros do Minho", 1st and 2nd Intership of Wind Orchestra organized by the Caldas das Taipas Music Band, Junior Music Festival 2014 and OJ.COM Youth Orchestra (2013-2016). He collaborated with the Braga Chamber Orchestra, Braga Philharmonic Orchestra, Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Portuguese Symphonic Band and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, having the opportunity to work with such masters as: Paulo Matos, António Saiote, José Eduardo Gomes, Charles Gomes, Francisco Pinto, Valdemar Sequeira, Fernando Marinho, Martin André, Joana Carneiro, Pedro Carneiro, Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Cesário Costa, Ernst Schelle, Pedro Andrade, Jean-Marc Burfin, António Batista, Filipe Cunha, Francisco Ferreira, Peter Rundel, Leopold Hager and Baldur Brönimann. In 2017 he was admitted as a reserve in the "Orquesta Joven de la Sinfonica de Galicia". He participated in the 1st and 3rd edition of the Remix Ensemble Summer Academy in 2014 and 2016, working with conductor Peter Rundel and Remix Ensemble members, especially trombonist Ricardo Pereira. He was soloist with the wind orchestra (2012 and 2015), and with the symphonic orchestra (2013 and 2014) of the Calouste Gulbenkian Music Conservatory of Braga, after competition, and with the group "Massive Brass Attack!". He received several prizes: 1st Prize (Infantil, Juvenil and Junior categories), 3rd Prize (Junior Category) and Honorable Mention (Infantil Category) in the International Wind Instruments Competition "Terras de La Salette", in Oliveira de Azeméis; 1st prize (Class C) and 2nd prize (Class D) in the "Sopros do Alto Minho" Competition in Ponte de Lima and 1st prize (Category IV) in the 2nd International Trombone Competition of Castelo de Paiva. In 2018 he was admitted as principal trombone of the "Estágio Gulbenkian para Orquestra" and won the Hungarian Trombone Bootcamp International Trombone Competition in the Tenor Trombone category in Budapest. He is member of the ensembles "T'n'T" (Tubas and Trombones) under artistic direction of Hugo Assunção; and "Massive Brass Attack", under the artistic direction of Sérgio Carolino. 

Diogo Taveira

Bass Trombone

Diogo Alexandre Taveira Silva was born on December 5, 1996. He began his musical studies at Vila Real Conservatory with Professor Marco Rascão. He went to Mirandela Professional School of Music and Arts where he studied with Professor Nuno Scarpa. He is currently a professor at Vila Real Academy of Music and Arts and studies at ESMAE with professors Severo Martinez and Nuno Martins.

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.

 

Álvaro Silva

Tuba

Álvaro Silva is Geneva Euphonium Artist since 2018 and his work is focused on the promotion of euphonium, both by creating, transcribing and ordering new pieces for the instrument, as well as in solo recitals or with several original groups. He was born on 1st of July 1994 in Ovar (Portugal) and began his musical studies at 9 years old at the Banda Filarmónica Ovarense, playing trombone with Rui Bandeira, António Covas and José Azevedo as teachers. In 2007, she joined the Academia de Música do Orfeão de Ovar in the class of Daniel Dias and Alcides Paiva. In 2010 he was admitted to the Conservatório de Música do Porto, class of Avelino Ramos, where he finishes in 2014 the Secondary Artistic Education in the Secondary Course of Instrument, with classification of 19 values. In the same year he is admitted to the Escola Súperior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE) in the Musical Performance Degree, class of Sérgio Carolino and Ricardo Antão, ending in 2017 with the maximum classification of 20 values. Actually attends the Music Teaching Master Degree at the the Escola Súperior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo (ESMAE), is member of the Portuguese Ensemble of Tubas (How Low Can You Go?), Orquestra de Sopros da Fundação A’Lord, Associação Recreativa e Musical Amigos da Branca, “Intradições” and “Fado A’Lado”.

Inês Luzio

Euphonium

Born in Arganil, Inês Luzio started her musical studies when she was nine, thanks to the amateur wind band of her village. She studied at the Conservatório de Música de Coimbra and at the Universidade de Aveio, where she graduated in Music – Performance. In 2016 she started her Master degree – Music Interpretation in ESMAE, in the class of Sérgio Carolino. Since last Semptember she is studying, as an exchange student, in Luzern, Switzerland, with Thomas Rüedi. She worked with musicians worldwide known such as Thomas Rüedi, Demondrae Thurman, Jukka Myllys, Anthony Caillet. She collaborated with WASBE Youth Wind Orchetra and with Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa. She played as soloist with the Orquestra Clássica do Centro. She is member of AntiTrio (saxophone, euphonium and piano) and “Ruby the Grap!” (euphonium and accordion); and takes part in the d’Orfeu production “Tia Graça. Toda a gente devia ter uma”. She works in the new music universe, and researches about the possibilities of working with the word and the language as music.

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Sandra Bastos

Born in Oliveira (Barcelos), Sandra Bastos began her musical studies with her father, Cândido Bastos, at the age of seven. Completed the 8th degree of French Horn, in the Braga Calouste Gulbenkian Conservatory of Music, in the class of professor Nelson Braga. Graduated in Social Communication at the University of Minho. She studied in the Jornal de Notícias, collaborated with the Jornal de Barcelos and did a professional internship at the Literary Club of Porto. In 2013, she founded, along with her brother Samuel, Da Capo, Portuguese Musical Magazine, of which she is director. She worked as a teacher of Musical Education (Pre-School and 1st Cycle), in the counties of Barcelos, Matosinhos, Gondomar, Vila Nova de Gaia, Santarém and Lisbon. She is currently a Music Education teacher, 1st Cycle, at Orfeão de Leiria – Conservatório de Artes, EB1 Amarela and EB1 Guimarota, in Leiria. Simultaneously, she published “Sonata ao Luar” and “Os Seis” (fiction), “Combatentes de Oliveira na Guerra Colonial – Tombaram Mas Não Caíram” and “Tempo de Marcha – Os 50 Anos de Cândido Bastos na Banda Musical de Oliveira” (documentary).

Thomas Lubitz

Started playing trumpet by the age of 10 Years, which lead into the craftsmenship of instrument building. After finishing technical school started an apprentice ship at a repair shop, and finished examination then working in different repair workshops and companies. In 1981 moved to Munich to work at manufacture “Ganter”, specialist for trumpets, Vienna horns, and Trombones. At same time also further education to achieve the Master degree. Changed company to Melton/ Meinl Weston in Geretsried near Munich. Special works for tuba and tuba development. Working as Meister for custom made instruments for artists as well as production for tubas. Since 1991 joined the company Yamaha as specialist for research &development. Responsible for all brass instruments with specialty for custom adjustments for musicians and Yamaha artists. Here especially created a world wide network with musicians and other technicians to develop the next generation of brass instruments for Yamaha.