Home

10th Low Brass International Academy and Festival · Alcobaça

August 24th to 28th, 2020

Find out more

About the Festival

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.

General Rules

News

Events

Info and Registration

Entries open!


Contacts

Academia de Música de Alcobaça
Rua Frei António Brandão N.º 50-52
Apartado 530 2460-047 Alcobaça

E-mail: prod@academiamalcobaca.com
Tel: +351 262 597 611

Support

Structure funded by

Institutional Partnership

Institutional Support

Media partners

Automotive partner

Organization and production

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.

Download the Registration Form (contains biographies, general rules, modality registration, etc.):

Portuguese Version »

English Version »

 

Anthony Caillet

Euphonium

Anthony Caillet took up the euphonium at an early age, not long before the instrument met the success which it enjoys in France today. Graduate at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, laureate of the most prestigious international competitions and of many jazz springboards, Anthony knows “you can do anything with a euphonium”! Proving the point, he performs with leading orchestras (Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Ensemble Inter-Contemporain...) as well as with smaller formations (Bokeh Tuba Quintet, Smoking Mouse, Melusine...), travels the world as a soloist or accompanied, and creates new pieces by calling upon composers and musicians from different  musical backgrounds. He opens up new horizons both for himself and other musicians. A Yamaha artist.

Gene Pokorny

Tuba

Gene Pokorny has been the tuba player in the Chicago Symphony since 1989. He has previously been the tuba player in the Israel Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic . In addition to playing film scores in Hollywood (“Jurassic Park”, “The Fugitive”, etc.), he has played in chamber music, opera orchestras and orchestra festivals worldwide. Man first landed on the moon almost exactly 50 years ago (July, 1969). The Apollo spacecraft which made that voyage to the moon was built about a mile away from where Pokorny grew up. He studied tuba in Southern California with Jeffrey Reynolds, Larry Johansen, Tommy Johnson and Roger Bobo. When he isn’t counting rests in the back row of the stage of Orchestra Hall, he teaches worldwide and assisted Rolling Stones’ trombonist, Michael Davis, in the production of various warm-up books. He has several educational and solo recordings.

He has received an Outstanding Alumnus Award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southern California and the University of Redlands, respectively. Gene is a member of the Union Pacific (Railroad) Historical Society and spends time as a “foamer” (watching and chasing trains). He is a card-carrying member of The Three Stooges Fan Club (a “victim of soicumstances!”) and is an avid enthusiast of his good friend David “Red” Lehr, the greatest Dixieland sousaphonist in the known universe. Gene, his wife Beth Lodal (also a tuba player) and their basset hounds, (non-musicians who happen to have real lives), regularly forage from their refrigerator, which is located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.

Sérgio Carolino

Tuba

Collector of music works, records, awards, compliments, reputation, sunglasses, hashtags and selfies. Source of creativity and virtuosity. Eclectic, original and visionary. Curious by definition. Adventurous by choice. Owner of a pure heart and of Sparky, the Basset Hound. Transpires musicality and works to achieve excellence. Passionate about life, loves cinema, mythology, reading, fishing and spending time with his friends. Anyone who crosses with him will never forget him and leave, of that encounter, humanly and professionally richer. He has always shown great curiosity and ability to explore different musical paths and languages. Currently his international reputation has been established by his interpretation of the standard and contemporary repertoire for tuba and his stylistic approach to jazz, funk and improvised music. Sérgio Carolino, is one of the most acclaimed tubists, with constant activity as a soloist and teacher in the most prestigious festivals, conservatories and universities of the five continents.

Received for four times the Roger Bobo Award Prize for Excellence in Recording (2008, 2010, 2012 e 2014), the Award for Emerging Jazz Artist (2004), the Carlos Paredes Prize (2004) and won the SPA Award 2013 - Classical Music Category (Portuguese Author’s Society) for the works published in 2012 and for promoting Portuguese music throughout the World. TGB, TUBAX Duo, TUBAB Duo, R’B&MrSC, The Postcard Brass Band, XL Duo, Surrealistic Discussion, Duo AR., SubWoof3r, Tuba&Drums Double Duo, Duo Adamastor, Funky Bones Factory!, Yamaha Tuba Duo, Moderato Tangabile, T’N T, Mr.SC & The Wild Bones Gang, European Tuba Trio, Massive Brass Attack!, Intergalactic Vibes!, Crossfade Ensemble, run in his veins. Sérgio Carolino is, since 2002, principal solo tuba in the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Yamaha International Artist, exclusive artist of the Artistic Platform Palco Improvisado. Plays with his own signature design and concept mouthpieces by Brass Lab MoMo made by master Hirotaka Nakai (Osaka/Japan), with the muted "Mushroom Cup Mute", manufactured by Johann Schlipfinger. Sérgio is also a professor at the School of Music and Arts of the Spectacle (ESMAE) of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and Artistic Director of the world famous Gravíssimo! – Alcobaça Low Brass International Academy and Festival.

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.

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.

Thomas Rüedi

Euphonium

 

 

 

 

Thomas Rüedi was born in 1969 in Oberwil bei Büren near Berne, Switzerland and began playing the euphonium at the age of 11. He received his professional musical training on this instrument in England, the home of brass music, between 1991 and 1995. He studied under, amongst others, Phillip McCann and Peter Parkes at Sheffield University and also devoted his attention to the study of conducting, arranging and composition, areas which have also strongly influenced his professional life. During this time he also performed with many top British brass bands. An important milestone in his career came when he was awarded first prize in the European Solo Competition for Brass Players in Munich in 1999.

His solo engagements have led Thomas Rüedi throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the USA. Through this work, he is involved with numerous symphony orchestras, wind, and brass bands. On his continual search for new tonal spheres, Thomas Rüedi formed the duo “Synthesis“ in collaboration with the marimbaphone virtuoso Raphael Christen. Together they convincingly combine the sounds of the two instruments to create a new whole. The joint CD production “Synthesis“ and Thomas Rüedi’s solo CD “Elégie“ received international recognition.

Thomas Rüedi is strongly committed to educational work. He is a euphonium tutor at the Bern University of the Arts and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts; as a guest tutor, he gives many masterclasses at colleges throughout Europe and overseas. As an orchestral musician, he plays regularly with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and in other renowned symphony orchestras such as the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks or the Zurich Opera House Orchestra.

He proved his capabilities as a conductor through his work with, amongst other groups, Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern (A-Band), where he was musical director between 1995 and 2002, and with Seeland Brass between 1997 and 2006. As a guest conductor, he conducted the winning band, Brass Band Berner Oberland, at the Swiss Open and European Open contests in Lucerne in 2004. Thomas Rüedi has also made a name for himself as arranger and composer. His oeuvre includes over fifty works for wind instruments. His many arrangements of Swiss folksongs have, in particular, earned a place amongst the standard brass and wind repertoire.

 

 

 

 

Ricardo Antão

Euphonium

He is teacher of Euphonium and Chamber Music at the University of Aveiro, teacher of Tuba and Euphonium and teacher of Chamber Music at ESMAE, Porto, teacher of Tuba and Euphonium and teacher of Chamber Music at JOBRA, teacher of Tuba and Euphonium at Paços de Brandão Music Academy and Yamaha Artist. 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 André M. Santos, Matthew Murchison, Marco Alves, Daniel Moreira, Daniel Martinho, Filipe Lopes, Bruno Ferreira, Bernardo Lima e Samuel Pascoal. 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 Martins is a young Portuguese euphonist, who highlights the love for music and the dedication to learning as the fuel of his career. Winner of the Concours tuba tour 2019 contest, he has frequently performed recitals and taught Masterclasses throughout Europe, America and Asia. He has been a euphonium teacher since 2019 at the Covilhã Professional Music School. Adams, Brass Lab.Momo and Denis Wick artist.

Gabriel Antão

Tenor Trombone

Gabriel Antão 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. 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. 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. 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 and he has also performed concerts with trumpeter Konradin Groth and pianist Jonathan Alder. He also performed as a soloist with Das Sinfonieorchester Berlin in Philharmonie of Berlin, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra at the Largo Festival, the Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, the Sinfonietta Orchestra of ESMAE and the Aveiro Music Conservatory Symphonic Band.

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.

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.

Henrique Costa

Tuba

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

Guest Artists to be announced soon

Ignition

Tuba & Clarinet

Project of originals created by Gil Gonçalves (Tuba) and Paulo Bernardino (Clarinet), two creative musicians with careers at national and international level who share the same way of being in music always in constant discovery of new sounds. This group is born out of this curiosity and willingness to explore new musical aesthetics, thus creating new environments and diverse textures through electronics combined with all the technical capacity of their instruments. Endowed with a sound rich in influences from World Music, Funk, Jazz Rock, Afro and Alternative Music, Ignition perform on stage as quartet, guitar, clarinet, tuba and drums format. With backgrounds in different classical and jazz languages, Gil Gonçalves and Paulo Bernardino have as their main musical references: TGB, Portico Quartet, Louis Sclavis, Michel Portal, Sons of Kemet, GoGo Penguin, Roller Trio, Radiohead Trio, among others. Ignition, with all their interaction have an eclectic show full of colors, different environments and musical styles that make your concert an authentic sound journey.

New Age Connection

Trombone

New Age Connection is a group of 5 Portuguese trombonists currently studying at Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. They emerged with the desire to expand the function of trombone in the field of chamber music, thus opting for the unusual formation of quintet. Also one of the factors that led to the creation of New Age Connection was the connection they felt between them and the good teamwork that is always present. Currently they present themselves with a wide variety of styles in their repertoire, from composers like Anton Bruckner or Claude Debussy, through Latin music to traditional Portuguese music.

One of the main goals of New Age Connection is that the experience for the listener becomes memorable so that they can continue to share the group's energy with the rest of the world. They intend to create collaborations with composers so that the repertoire for this type of formation grows and keep having works written according to New Age Connection.

In the future they also intend to collaborate with different areas of performing arts such as dance, theater, circus, among others, with the aim of creating versatile and dynamic projects.

Ensembles to be announced soon

Composers to be announced soon

Telmo Marques

Pianist and composer from Porto, professor at ESMAE – Superior School of Music, Arts and Entertainment of Porto (Musical Analysis and Jazz Orchestra), holds activity as a concert player in recitals, training actions and educational concerts.

Cândido Fernandes

Accompanist pianist and chamber music teacher at Escola Artística de Música of the National Conservatory (EAMCN), Cândido Fernandes is currently working for the Ministry of Education at the Agência Nacional para a Qualificação e o Ensino Profissional (ANQEP, I.P.), in the Qualification of Young People Department. Born in 1989, he began musical studies at Porto Conservatory of Music in 2001, with Professor Manuela Costa. He graduated and has an MA from Escola Superior de Música of Lisbon, where he studied with Professors Jorge Moyano and Michel Gal, and holds an MA from the University of Évora, where he studied with the pianist Ana Telles. He also completed a post-graduate program in Educational Administration from the School of Sociology and Public Policy at the Instituto Universitário of Lisbon (ISCTE). Cândido Fernandes has received several prizes in the fields of Piano and Chamber Music. Among them, a reference should be made to the Prémio Jovens Músicos (2008) in Chamber Music — a higher level, with XaSonaiP Duo, of which is a founding member. He participated in different artistic and musical projects: Opera, Theatre and Musical Theatre raising erudite repertoire, pop, jazz, and fado. Cândido Fernandes also collaborates regularly with the Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, and Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa. Since 2009 he performs with Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, working directly with several composers in the creation and recording of contemporary Portuguese music.

Pianists to be announced soon

José Guilherme Neves

Tuba

José Guilherme Neves, born on April 27, 2004, begun in 2012 to study Euphonium in the class of professor Daniel Marques, starting, in 2015, to study Tuba, with professor Gil Gonçalves. Currently, he frequents the Orfeão de Leiria Conservatory of Arts, in the class of professor Miguel Alves. He plays in different groups, but he yet presents himself as a soloist in the SAMP – Sociedade Artística e Musical dos Pousos, invited by Director Alberto Roque and, in 2019, with the Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras. José Guilherme Neves has participated in various national and international contests. In 2015 he earned the 2nd place in the Euphonium Junior Category of the International Competition “Terras La Salette”. In 2016 he achieved the 1st place in the same contest, but the Tuba Junior Category, gaining the same award also next year.

In 2019 he won the 1st APTE (Tuba and Euphonium Portuguese Association) competition and the “Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competiton” in Brussels, where he also played in the Concert of the Laureate Musician at Studio Recital Hall Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts. He has been attended several Master Classes with professors Adélio Carneiro, Stephane Labeyrie, Eduardo Nogueroles, Luís Oliveira, Perry Hoogendijk, among others. He also has participated 2017, 2018 and 2019 Gravíssimo Festival Editions, with the Artistic Direction of Sérgio Carolino e Hugo Assunção and where he attended classes and conferences with Gene Pokorny, Anne Jelle Visser, Shimpei Tsugita, Daniel Perantoni, Mike Forbes e Oren Marshall. In 2019 he has been chosen for the RCO Young 1st Edition at Concertgebouw, working with the directors Jim Ross and Pablo Heras-Casado and playing with the ECO Young Orchestra at Concertgebouw and Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels.

Young Talents to be announced soon

Lecturers to be announced soon