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11th International Low Brass Academy and Festival · Alcobaça

August 23rd to 27th, 2021

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

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Gravissimo! Festival returns in 2021 with a renewed image

6 May 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Gravíssimo! cancels Academy and maintains intention to hold Festival

12 Jun 2020

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

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

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

6 Mar 2020

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

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

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

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

10 Feb 2020

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

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

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

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

Cistermúsica and Gravíssimo! nominated for the Iberian Festival Awards

5 Dec 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 Apr 2019

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

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

31 Jan 2019

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

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

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

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

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

6 Dec 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

8th edition of Gravíssimo! has its entries officially open

14 May 2018

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

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

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

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

Know the general rules here »

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

27 Mar 2018

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

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

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

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

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

28 Aug 2017

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

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

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

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

24 Aug 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 Jun 2017

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

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

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

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

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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 of 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.

Sérgio Carolino

Tuba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hugo Assunção

Tenor Trombone

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

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

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

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

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

Bart van Lier

Trombone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Francisco Couto

Trombone

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

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

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

Peter Steiner

Trombone

Italian trombonist Peter Steiner’s playing has been described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound” and he is recognized around the world as “a new trombone star within his generation” who “plays with total control”. In 2019 he was honoured as a Prize Winner at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia.

His 2020-2021 season highlights include the world premiere of the UFO concerto by Johan de Meij with the Central Ohio Symphony, performances with the Kyusyu Symphony Orchestra and a recital with Constanze Hochwartner at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

At the age of 23, Peter Steiner was appointed Trombonist of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic for the 2016-2017 season. Prior to that engagement he served as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Symphony for the 2014-2015 season. He has performed as guest trombonist with the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

His 2018-2019 season involved extensive international travel and featured over 100 performances, including a 3-month World Tour of the United States, Europe, Asia and South America with Constanze Hochwartner (piano/organ) as Duo Steiner-Hochwartner, as well as solo concerts with orchestras around the globe. Other highlights for this season include a CD release tour throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States in July 2019, and solo appearances at the Lille (France) Trombone Festival and International Trombone Festival (Indiana, USA). 

Mr. Steiner has soloed with numerous ensembles around the world including, most recently, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro. He has had the privilege of performing the world premiers of Eric Ewazen’s “Visions of Light” (Chamber Orchestra Version) and Gilles Rocha’s “Fly or Die” with Brass Band accompaniment. He has been featured in solo recitals during the 2016 and 2017 International Trombone Festivals and the 2018 Wartburg Festival (Eisenach, Germany). He can be heard on his debut album, UNITED, which was released in January 2017 under the HELLOSTAGE Label, in collaboration with Hsiao-Ling Lin (piano) and Silver Ainomäe (cello). His second album, SAPPHIRE was released in July 2019 under the Berlin Classics label, in collaboration with pianist Constanze Hochwartner.

Mr. Steiner began his studies at the Music Conservatory in his hometown of Bolzano, Italy before continuing his studies at The Mozarteum of Salzburg (Austria). In 2016 he graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City with a Performance Diploma.  His major teachers and influences include Joseph Alessi, Warren Deck, Nitzan Haroz, and Dany Bonvin.

Mr. Steiner performs exclusively on Bach Trombones.

Ricardo Antão

Euphonium

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

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

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

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

Mauro Martins

Euphonium

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

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

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

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

Dirk Hirthe

Tuba

irk Hirthe was born in 1984 in Freiburg- Breisgau, Germany. From 1999 to 2004, he was the young student of George A. Monch at the University of Music in Freiburg. He continued his studies with Professor Jens Björn-Larsen at the University for Music and Theater in Hannover, who has since then remained a close friend and mentor. Dirk Hirthe was a scholarship holder of the German MusicLife Foundation as well as prize winner in Marl City and Baden-Württemberg.

As soloist, he has appeared with the Museum Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Bochumer Symphony and the State Orchestra of Baden. From 2007 to 2008, he played as intern with the Stuttgart Opera House. Since 2008, he has been tubist with the State Orchestra of Baden, and is regularly invited as guest to various symphony and opera orchestras in Germany including the Bavarian Opera Orchestra, the Museum Orchestra of Frankfurt and the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra in Baden-Baden Freiburg. 2008 found him in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock, and in 2012 he played “Duetto per Tuba” for the American composer, Stephen Mellilo, which can be heard on his newest CD “Chapter 21”. In 2013, Hirthe was invited to play with the Lucerne Festival Brass Ensemble with whom he recorded “Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures of an Exhibition” on CD. 2014 was his debut with the Lucerne Festival itself.

Since 2011, Dirk Hirthe has served as Honorary Professor of Tuba and Brass Chamber Music at the Music University in Karlsruhe. He offers numerous master classes throughout Europe.

 

Dave Kutz

Tuba

Canadian born tuba player Dave Kutz holds the position of solo tuba with the Netherlands 

Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam. Arriving in The Netherlands in 2002 to work with the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dave has since performed with virtually every major ensemble in the country including numerous engagements with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra, Dutch Ballet Orchestra as well as many international orchestras such as Philharmonia Zürich, Antwerp Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Singapore Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada.

Away from the back row of the orchestra, Dave is actively creating multi-disciplinary projects as a proud artist of Splendor Amsterdam, for the Netherlands Philharmonic Brass, and also appears as soloist when time permits. Dave has performed recitals on four continents and has been a guest artist at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam. His 2015 debut solo CD Pure Imagination with pianist Gerard Bouwhuis and Chamber Consort Amsterdam was met with excellent reviews.

An energetic and successful educator, Dave holds the title of Doctor of Music from Northwestern University in Chicago and has studied with Rex Martin, Gene Pokorny, Dennis Miller, Nicolas Atkinson, and the late Arnold Jacobs. Before moving to the Netherlands, Dave served on the music faculties of several universities in the United States and Canada; currently he is active as a teacher, ensemble coach and audition mentor throughout the Netherlands.

Dave is a Yamaha International Artist and Lätzsch Cimbasso performing artist.

Oren Marshall

Tuba

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

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

He has recorded 3 albums of his own compositions, 2 with the Charming Transport Band and 1 entirely solo with electronics entitled “Introduction to the Story of Spedy Sponda: In a Silent Room”. Oren toured this work extensively in the UK, Holland, Italy and Germany.

As a member of London Brass, whom he joined in 1987 after the passing of his Mentor John Fletcher, he has toured the World and performed privately for the Queen of England, Prince Charles, the Pope, the German Chancellor and the Chinese Premiere.

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

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

Early in 2018 he formed Oren Marshall’s Jazz for Toddlers, introducing families with babies and toddlers to unusual instruments like the Atenteben and Fujara Flutes, Berimbau and the Orenophone (his own re-imagined, reconfigured Tuba). Together, Oren and the families sing songs, old and new and also spontaneously create music together. 

Thanks to the various lockdowns in the last year, Oren wrote and recorded many songs to boost morale in his local community and keep young children connected to live music. He now has a network of almost 400 local families who regularly attend his music sessions in a park near his house in South London where he lives with his two children and two dogs.

Gabriel Antão

Tenor Trombone

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

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

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

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

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

Ricardo Carvalhoso

Tuba

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

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

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

Ensembles to be announced soon

Composers to be announced soon

Telmo Marques

Pianist, composer, was born in Porto in 1963.

Studied with Fernanda Wandschneider, Hélia Soveral, Fernando Lapa, Cândido Lima, Jean Martin, Carlos Cebro, Fernando Puchol, Paul Trein, Miguel Ribeiro Pereira and Robert Houlihan. In 1988, he finished the former Curso Superior de Piano from Conservatório de Música do Porto with the highest honors. Telmo Marques has a degree in piano from Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo (Eng. António de Almeida prize, for the best marks); a Master of Arts degree from University of Roehampton, United Kingdom; and a PhD in Computer Music from Universidade Católica Portuguesa (summa cum laude). 

Maintains a concert activity in recitals, training actions and pedagogical concerts. He conducted the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos Júnior (OJM junior). Develops his work as a pianist and composer in Portugal as well as overseas: Madrid, Barcelona, Tenerife, Paris, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Luxembourg, Genève, Zurich, Macau, Hong Kong, Toky and Osaka, to name some. He is commissioned work for theatre, advertisement, cultural organisms and independent artists, Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture, Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos, Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos, etc.

Telmo participated in over 100 recordings as an artist, composer and arranger. Some of his works are published in music sheets by AVA Editions, BIM Editions and Molenaar Editions.

Currently, Telmo is an assistant teacher at ESMAE and head of the musical department. He teaches the subjects of Musical Analysis, Compositions Techniques and Composition. His research work is developed at CITAR (Universidade Católica Portuguesa) as an integrated member and at i2ADS as a collaborator researcher.

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.

Bernardo Pinhal

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

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

Young Talents to be announced soon