Viseu International Guitar Competition

Jury

The Jury for the 4th Viseu International Guitar Competition is composed of 9 elements from 6 different countries. We are proud to have immense talent and experience in this panel and we are sure the decision of this year’s winner is in good hands.
Chairman

Josef Zsapka (Slovakia)

Competition Artistic Director

Paula Sobral (Portugal)

Festival Artistic Director

José Carlos Sousa (Portugal)

Jurors

Francisco Bernier (Spain)
Dejan Ivanović (Croatia)
Joaquín Clerch (Cuba)
Thibault Cauvin (France)
Pedro Rufino (Portugal)
André Cardoso (Portugal)

Josef Zsapka

Jury Details


JOZEF ZSAPKA
Jozef Zsapka ranks among modern and versatile artists who have mastered their instrument in great detail. His activities range from performing, teaching, managing and organizing to editing. He is credited for professionalizing the classical guitar in Slovakia and has largely contributed to spreading this instrument among the concert audience. As a soloist, he performed with all the leading Slovak ensembles, as well as with the Brno Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic), Moravia Quartet (Czech Republic), Izmir Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras (Portugal), Symphonia Estorial (Spain). His concert performances took place in most of European countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Greece, Luxemburg, Lichtenstein, Sweden), as well as in the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Australia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Turkey. Audiences could see him at festivals in Prague, Brno, Budapest, Esztergom, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, Roma, Rieti, Bari, Milan, Messina, Vienna, Rust, Salzburg, Graz, Volos, Thessalonica, Athens, Weikersheim, Luxemburg, London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Porto, Aveiro, Lisbon, Burgos, Sernancelhe, Berlin, Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Bonn, Cologne, Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Ulaanbaatar, Kuwait, Hong-Kong, Saigon, Hanoi, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Sydney, Melbourne, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Havana. His chamber music collaborators include the flutist Miloš Jurkovič, guitarists Alois Menšík and Martin Mysliveček. Since 1979, he has been regularly appearing with his wife, flutist Dagmar Zsapková, in a duo Dagmar & Jozef Zsapka. This duo has been acclaimed by specialists as the best one of its kind in the world. Moreover, he has achieved an exceptional position among Slovak concert soloists in the area of studio recording. Apart from numerous radio or television recordings, he released over 40 titles for the labels OPUS, NAXOS, SPI MILAN, RCA Japan, GENDAI Ltd., ALBANY RECORDS USA, etc. He works as a program and music director of recording projects of the Bratislava Guitar Quartet and musicians Gabriel Guillen, Jorgos Panetsos, Leo Witoszynski, József Eötvös, Andreas Kröper and others. Jozef Zsapka is a founder of the Slovak guitar school. Over the decades of educational activities, he has formulated the principle of teaching guitar and practically raised a whole generation of Slovak classical guitar professionals. His students have received over 100 awards in Slovak and international guitar competitions and won success on concert stages or as educators at various levels of specialized schools both home and abroad. Among his students are e.g. Nguyen van Dy, Igor Herzog, Sándor Papp, Vladimír Tomčányi, Miloš Tomašovič, Miloš Slobodník, Jana Mazáková, Miriam Brüllová, József Eötvös, Martin Krajčo or Denisa Benčová. He is a founder, program director and director of the International Guitar Festival (est. 1975) and of the Joseph Kaspar Mertz International Guitar Contest in Bratislava (1995). He leads master classes in Slovakia and abroad (Austria, Greece, Spain, Liechtenstein, Portugal, France, Germany, Cuba, Japan, USA). He is regularly invited to sit as a member of juries in performers’ contests (Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, Vienna, Athens, Budapest, Eschen, Rust, Kutná Hora, Sernancelhe, Viseu, Petrer, Mottola, Esztergom, Vác, and others). As for Jozef Zsapka’s editing activities, he focuses on publishing compositions dedicated to him or to the Dagmar & Jozef Zsapka duo. He has contributed to educational literature by preparing and editing memorial volumes of instructive guitar compositions (OPUS label). He has won international acclaim also thanks to his transcripts of flute works by world authors, which came out in music publishing houses Chanterelle, Trekel and Fritz & Vogt, Guitarissimo. Since 1995, he is a member of a highly specialized team of experts on literature on guitar music, based in Rome. The first fruit borne by their cooperation is the book “Guitar reference”.

Paula Sobral


PAULA SOBRAL
Born in Sernancelhe, Viseu, she began her musical studies at the Conservatory of Music in Viseu, where she studied Guitar with Luís Lapa and Christopher Lyall. In 1994, she started the Degree in Music Teaching at the University of Aveiro, in the area of ​​Classical Guitar, under the guidance of Paulo Vaz de Carvalho.
Later, Paula continued to study the instrument with guitarist Jozef Zsapka. She combined the study of the guitar with the teaching activity at the Viseu Conservatory, meanwhile participated in several masterclasses. She also taught at the School of Music of the Colégio de S. José (Guarda, Portugal) and at the Conservatory of Seia. Currently teaches at the Conservatory of Music of Viseu Dr. José de Azeredo Perdigão. In 2007 she concluded her Master’s Degree in Chamber Music at the University of Aveiro under the guidance of Professors Paulo Vaz de Carvalho, Helena Marinho, Fausto Neves, and guitarist Odair Assad.
From 1999 to 2014, together with José Carlos Sousa, she was artistic director of the Sernancelhe International Classical Guitar Competition and Festival, a pioneering event in the country. Since 2015 she has been artistic director of the International Guitar Competition in Viseu, a competition inserted in the International Music Festival of Spring in Viseu.
Her artistic activity is marked by her performance in chamber music with the guitar duo Concentus Duo, where she has played with Manuel Tavares since 2000. The duo performed in several cities in the country, at the Ciclo de Guitarra Clássica de Oliveira do Bairro Festival, Guitar Festival of the António de Almeida Foundation, International Festival of Sernancelhe, CCB, International Guitarmania Festival (Almada and Lisbon) and International Guitar Festival of Santo Tirso. Outside Portugal she was present at the International Guitar Festival in Hondarribia, Basque Country, “Guitarre-Essone” in Paris and the International Guitar Festival in Palencia, Spain. She’s a member of the Guitar Quartet of Viseu with which she has toured various venues in the country in concerts and recitals.

José Carlos Sousa


JOSÉ CARLOS SOUSA
José Carlos Almeida de Sousa was born in Viseu – Portugal, in 1972. He started his musical studies at the Regional Music Conservatory Dr. Azeredo Perdigão, in his hometown where he completed the general composition course in 1995.
In 1996 he continued his studies at the University of Aveiro, where he completed his degree in Composition, in the year 2000.
He studied composition and electronic music with Evgueni Zoudilkin, João Pedro Oliveira and Isabel Soveral. He also attended several seminars on composition and electronic music guided by the composers such as Jorge Antunes, Alain Sève, Tomás Henriques, Flo Menezes, François Bayle and Emmanuel Nunes.
In June 2005, he concluded, at the University of Aveiro, a master’s degree in music with a specialization in composition, under the theme “The Timbre and its Metamorphoses in the Compositional Process of Electroacoustic Music”.
He has taught at the University of Aveiro and at the Piaget Institute in Viseu.
He was, together with Paula Sobral, organizer and artistic director of the International Classical Guitar Competition and Festival of Sernancelhe, until its 15th edition.
Since 2008, he has organized and is the Artistic Director of the Viseu International Spring Music Festival.
In 1995 he won the first prize in the 1st composition contest at the conservatory where he studied, with the children’s work for piano, “Almofada (Cushion)”.
In the Electroacoustic Composition Competition “Música Viva 2000”, he was awarded an Honorable Mention. In April 2001 he was awarded his work “Viagem” in the aforementioned competition, integrated into Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture.
His latest works are the result of orders from several national and international institutions and his music has been played in several Portuguese cities and in several music festivals: Música Viva Festival (Portugal), Primavera en La Habana (Cuba), Aveiro S Synthesis (Portugal), “33e Festival International des Musiques et Créations Electroniques” (Bourges – France), Contest and International Guitar Festival (Sernancelhe – Portugal), 14th World Saxophone Congress (Slovenia), “Guitarmania” – International Classical Guitar Festival (Almada – Portugal), Guitar Festival of Palencia (Spain), Dias Festival of Electroacoustic Music (Seia – Portugal), “Synthesis” – Guarda Contemporary Music Cycle (Portugal), Santo Tirso International Guitar Festival (Portugal), Festival Spring Music Festival in Viseu (Portugal), 8th International Guitar´Essonne Festival – (Paris – France), Electroacoustic Music Days at the Santa Cruz Air Race (Portugal), VIII Sevilla Guitar Festival (Spain), Tempo Reale Festival 2018 Florence (Italy).
He is currently a professor of composition at the Conservatory of Music of Viseu, also holding the position of Pedagogical Director of the Conservatory since 2004.

Francisco Bernier


FRANCISCO BERNIER
Considered by critics as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists of his generation, Francisco Bernier has forged a successful and prize-winning career in these early years of his career. His achievements have him to perform in over 37 countries around the globe, in prestigious venues such as the Salle Cortot and the Mogador Theatre in Paris, the Salle Corum in Montpellier, the Grand Theatre in Bordeaux, Oji Hall in Tokyo, the Kyoto Concert Hall, the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, Teatro Maestranza in Seville, Teatro Comunale in Alessandria, Merkin Hall in New York, Hall of the O.E.A (Organization of American States) in Washington D.C., and the Zellerbach Hall in San Francisco.
Finalist in the Concert Artist Guild of New York and recipient of more than twenty international prizes including the “Michele Pittaluga” Competition, Francisco Bernier has performed with many orchestras, including the Camerata of Saint Petersburg, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the Mediterranean Symphonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Vallés, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Huelva.
He began his musical studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Seville and then moved to France to continue his musical studies at the Ecole Normale “Alfred Cortot” in Paris under the direction of Maestro Alberto Ponce. He received his Superior Diploma of Execution and Concert Performer with distinction by a unanimous decision by the jury.
From 1998 to 2002, Francisco continued his education at the Hochschule für Musik of Cologne (Germany), at the Université du Québec in Montréal (Canada), and at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France). He attended master classes with Alvaro Pierri, Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, David Russel, José Tomas, Oscar Ghiglia and greatfully received guidance and encouragement from composers, orchestra conductors and musicians from other disciplines.
Bernier has recorded several albums, the first of them under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Spanish-INAEM. He labels include Mandala-Harmonia Mundi, Déclic- Radio France, and Naxos. He has performed live and taped performances for radio and TV stations Deutsche Welle, Cadena Ser, R.T.V.E, R.A.I, Radio France International, Radio Clasica, Radio Classique, France Musiques, and Nippon NHK.
His interest in contemporary music allows him to remain in contact with great composers of our time: Luis de Pablo, José M. Sánchez Verdú, Cesar Camarero, and José Manuel López and others. Bernier is a laureate of the Meyer Foundation, Beracasa and BNP- PARIBAS (France), “la Caixa” Foundation (Spain), and the Emma Contestabile Foundation (Italy).
In 2014, he was included in the top list of Spanish artists performing abroad with the help of the Ministry of foreign affairs (AECID). His future schedule includes recitals in Spain, France, Finland, Malta, EEUU, Canada, Italy, Ukraine, Turkey, Guatemala, Thailand, and the USA.
Francisco currently teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Seville. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Seville Guitar Festival and President and Founder of Contrastes Records (London)

Dejan Ivanović


DEJAN IVANOVIĆ
Croatian guitarist Dejan Ivanović was born in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1976, beginning his guitar studies at the age of 8. He studied with Predrag Stanković and Vojislav Ivanović at the Primary and Secondary School of Music, and with Darko Petrinjak at the Zagreb Music Academy. He participated in masterclasses by John Duarte, Thomas Müller-Pering, Elliot Fisk, Costas Cotsiolis, Valter Dešpalj (cello), Michael Steinkühler (viola da gamba) and Igor Lešnik (percussion). He was supervised by Christopher Bochmann in the Doctoral Course at the University of Évora between 2011 and 2014. His professional career began simultaneously with higher education (1994-1998). Performed in some of the most prestigious music festivals such as Festival de Spoleto (personally invited by conductor Gian Carlo Menotti for Resident Artist), Edinburgh Summer Festival, Estoril Coast Festival, Gevelsberg Guitar Festival, Porto – European City of Culture and Guitarra Viva (Croatia), among others. He also acts in several chamber music ensembles: with the flutist Vasco Gouveia, cellist Jed Barahal, guitarist Masakazu Tokutake, soprano Ana Ester Neves, String Quartet Lyra, etc. He is the winner of the 1st Prize and Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Spanish Music at the 13th International Guitar Competition Doña Infanta Cristina (Madrid, 1998); 1st Prize of the 3rd International Competition in the city of Sinaia (Romania, 1998); 1st Prize of the 17th International Guitar Contest Andrés Segovia (Herradura, 2001); 1st Prize and Public Prize at the 35th Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Award (Benicássim, 2001); 1st Prize of the 4th International Crete Contest (Arhanes, 2005). He is also awarded in competitions in Rome (Italy) and Sernancelhe (Portugal). Collaborates with several orchestras such as the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie (Belgium), the Benicássim Orchestra (Spain), the Slovak Orchestra, the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra (Serbia), the Beiras Symphony Orchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. His recitals in Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Asia have received strong acceptance by the public and critics.
Magazines and newspapers such as Ritmo (Spain), Bremer Umchau (Germany), Sunday Herald Times (Indiana-USA), The Scotsman (Scotland), Slobodna Dalmacija (Croatia) and Oslobodjenje (BiH) published positive reviews about their interpretations. The Spanish magazine Ritmo describes Dejan as (…) courageous, a sensitive young artist with surprising technique and musicality and creativity in each note and sentence (…) (1998). In Zagreb (Croatia), D. Komanov writes the following about Ivanović’s art:
[…] Interpreting a contrasting program, emphasized by the quality and peculiarity of works such as Lyrical Pieces by Arregui and Sonatas by Bennett and Rózsa, Ivanović presented the concert with a deeply personal, thoughtful and inspired interpretive speech. At the heart of its approach, distinguished by an extraordinarily clear and precise treatment of the text, there is a resolution of a detailed relationship with the musical form, where its interpretations grow and develop due to the perspicuity of the rich and complex completeness of each work. Articulating the inner tension generated by the musical body, Ivanović never exceeds the invisible margin of the external or the profane in relation to the dynamics of expression, but rather, unveils a delicate landscape of introspection for the listener’s established perspective. The sound palette, as well as an almost-perfect overall quality of structure and sound image in projection, are characterized by the accentuated intimate expression – like an echo of a rich alaudist heritage. In a way, this focuses attention to the plasticity in relation to the proximity of the framing of the aesthetic singularity of each composition, given that Ivanović emphasizes essential elements with his particular mode of communication, rich, above all, in a narrative aspect, but equally clear and reflective. That is why Rêverie op. 19 by Regondi will shine with spontaneous simplicity and a certain charm of expression based on a romantic approach aiming at the musical form, Lyrical Pieces by Arregui will be marked by the gesture of sound-free expansion that shapes its relief layers. The interpretation of Bennett’s Sonata marked the discourse of restriction, reduction and a strong interior dynamic with an extraordinary format of highly precise sound, which provided the total reception of a work so complex and tremendously demanding in its form. In the Sonata de Rózsa it was interesting to observe the transformation of the guitarist’s interpretive rhetoric, related to the sharpness in the separation of his material. ” (klasika.hr [Croatia], January 2012)
His solo discography consists of CD Recital in the Laureate Series of NAXOS (2002) with works by Matilde Salvador, Anton García Abril, Frederic Mompou, Richard Rodney Bennett, Malcolm Arnold, Gordon McPherson and Francisco Tárrega, and CD Mediterraneo (recorded in 2001, awaiting publication) with works by Boris Papandopulo, Vicente Asencio, Antonio José Martínez Palacios, Joaquín Rodrigo, Carlo Domeniconi and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In 2013, he recorded Marina Pikoul’s work Em Memória da Madrugada for guitar and orchestra with the Centro Classical Orchestra, under the direction of conductor David Wyn Lloyd. Christopher Bochmann, Marina Pikoul, Tomislav Oliver, João Madureira, Jorge Pereira, Ricardo Abreu, Francisco Chaves and Carlos Gutkin are some of the composers who dedicated their works to Dejan. Since 2004, together with the Greek guitarist Michalis Kontaxakis, he is part of the Kontaxakis-Ivanovich guitar duo. The first CD of this Duo, entitled Les Deux Amis and recorded by producer Hubert Kappel in Cologne (Germany), was released in 2010 by Editora KSG EXAUDIO.
In 2005 he created the International Guitarmania Festival in Lisbon of which he was artistic director until 2010. Since 2007, he has been a guitar teacher in the Music Department at the University of Évora. He has a PhD in Music / Interpretation since March 2015 with the theme Collaboration between Composer and Interpreter in the Creation of Music for Guitar: Study of the Editorial Process in the Repertoire of England, Croatia and Portugal.

Joaquín Clerch


JOAQUÍN CLERCH
“Joaquín Clerch is probably one of the world’s—if not the— leading guitar players of his generation.” (Eliot Fisk).
The Cuban guitar player was born on August 8, 1965, in Havana, where years later he was awarded one of the most prestigious art awards granted by the Cuban government, “Orden por la Cultura Nacional.” He studied guitar, music and composition in his homeland and in 1989 completed his studies in the Instituto Superior de Arte. In 1990 Joaquín Clerch continued studying overseas, at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, where he was Eliot Fisk’s guitar student and where he studied early music with Anthony Spiri and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
In 1991 Clerch finished his studies in Salzburg with honors and received an award for outstanding artistic achievement granted by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. Also in 1991, he began his international teaching career, first as an assistant to Professor Fisk at the Mozarteum and later teaching at the Munich Conservatory. Since 1999 he has been teaching guitar classes at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Dusseldorf.
“Joaquín Clerch is a uniquely talented musician. Not only is he an excellent virtuoso and extremely poetic guitar player, but he has also proven to be an extraordinary intellectual when dealing with issues related to performance practice and music-making in general.” (Nikolaus Harnoncourt).
Joaquín has won major guitar competitions, including the Andres Segovia International Competition (Granada, Spain), International Guitar Competition Heitor Villalobos (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Printemps de la Guitare (Charleroi/Brussels, Belgium) and ARD (Munich, Germany). Clerch has given guitar concerts in many cities and concert halls, including Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Holland), Palacio de la Musica (Barcelona, Spain), Theatre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels, Belgium), Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany), Semperoper (Dresden, Germany), Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada, Spain), Teatro Nacional (Havana, Cuba), Cemal Resit Rey (Istanbul, Turkey), Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne, Germany), Brucknerhaus (Linz, Austria), Auditorio Nacional de Musica (Madrid, Spain), Münchener Philharmonie (Munich, Germany), Radio France (Paris, France), Beijing Concert Hall (Beijing, China) and Konzerthaus (Vienna, Austria).
Clerch has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Spain’s National Symphony Orchestra, Cuba’s National Orchestra, Philarmonic Orchestra of Bogota, Philarmonic Orchestra of Stuttgart, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, and National Orchestra of Capitole de Toulouse (conducted by Michel Plasson). He has also played with the Philarmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria, conducted by Adrian Leaper, with which he recorded the first performance of two guitar concerts written for him by Leo Brouwer and Carlos Fariñas (Concierto de la Habana, 1998, and Concierto, 1996). Both composers were his teachers and are considered two of the most important composers in Cuban history.
Clerch is not only well-known as a guitar player, but also as a composer. His works for guitar are published by Musikverlag Zimmermann, formerly Chanterelle, and performances are released under the label Naxos. Clerch’s own performances of his guitar concerts are available under duo-phon records and MDG.
In 2009, Clerch was awarded the Echo Prize for Classica Cubana (CD). In 2012, he won the Cuba Disco Prize for his performance of Carlos Fariñas’ complete works.
“Some people are simply born to make music: someone like Mozart or the Cuban guitar player and composer Joaquín Clerch.” (Klassieke Zaken).

thibaultcauvin


THIBAULT CAUVIN
Thibault Cauvin was born with a guitar in his hands, given by his father, himself a musician. And he followed the natural path from then on. He first studied at the Bordeaux Conservatoire and later at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur, graduating with honors. Quite playful, he became passionate about international competitions, the only springboard for an artist who wants to make a career. Widely acclaimed for his youth, passion, and creativity, he wouldn’t stop winning prizes and aged 20, he had won a total of 36 prizes (13 first prizes) – more than any guitar player. He got more and more concert engagements. The world wanted to hear the young lord of the six strings.
Thibault has been touring extensively for 15 years now, playing in the most prestigious halls in the world. Virtually 120 countries, 1000 solo concerts with this unique guitar stirring the New York Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the London Queen Elizabeth Hall, etc… As he loves very special musical moments, Thibault proposed outside of his regular concerts, a « Magic Tour ». This series of performances in symbolic, atypical and magic places began at the Eiffel Tower in 2017 and has already halted at the Beijing Forbidden City, the Hague Peace Palace, the Quito ruins in Ecuador, the Marrakech palm grove, the Royal Great Beach for more than 40 000 people…
Thibault’s universal playing and graceful personality charmed and bring together all audiences. The specialized critics, as well as the most popular media, are unanimously seduced by the « Cauvin Phenomenon ». A classical musician has rarely been seen in the French media as much as he is — Quotidien by Yann Barthès, Entrée Libre by Claire Chazal, Stupéfiant by Léa Salamé, Alcaline on France 2, Les Victoires de la Musique Classique on France 3, etc… France Musique even highlighted him for a full day. The young lord of the strings has grown up and his dream to move people’s heart seems to come true.
In Septembre 2018, Sony Music releases « Cities II », Thibault’s tenth album. After having presented discs on renowned classical composers such as Scarlatti, Albéniz or, more recently, Vivaldi, recorded with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris, Thibault offers now a very personal project, opened on other musical styles. Using various pieces written in collaboration with composers encountered along his “endless tour”, he pays homage to twelve world-class cities that inspired and fascinated him. An album evoking wanderings and dreams, made by unexpected and vulnerable duets with musicians coming from different musical worlds, united by the poetry of the voyage: Erik Truffaz, Ballaké Sissoko, Matthieu Chedid, Didier Lockwood, Lea Desandre, Thylacine, Christian-Pierre La Marca, and Adélaïde Ferrière. Recorded at the mystical Château d’Hérouville which re-opened its doors especially for the occasion after 15 years of silence, this album has a very unique flavor…
Thibault is also the official spokesperson for French Blood Donation Day, he was named “Ambassadeur de Bordeaux”, he is the patron of the “Paris Guitar Foundation”, and as a passionate surfer, he is sponsored by Billabong. The sky is the limit for Thibault and his guitar. His inspired, expressive and natural playing can only please all types of audiences across generations and abolish boundaries. As he plays the guitar – both popular and erudite instrument which is pretty new to classical music in comparison to others – it is likely to become a queen among musical instruments in the 21st century…

Pedro Rufino


PEDRO RUFINO
Pedro Rufino, born in Nisa, started his first contacts with music at Sociedade Musical Nisense. In 1987 he joined the Castelo Branco Regional Conservatory where he attended the Guitar class of Professor Paulo Valente Pereira up to 5th grade, having completed the complementary course in the class of Professor Eli Camargo Júnior.
He attended the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa where he concluded his degree in Guitar in the class of Professor António Jorge Gonçalves. In 2015, he completed the Master’s Degree in Music Teaching – Instrument and Class of Ensemble at the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco.
Since 1996 he teaches the discipline of Guitar and Class of Ensemble at the Fundão Music and Dance Academy having accumulated functions at the Conservatory of Music of Ourem and Fátima.
At the Fundão Music and Dance Academy, he is responsible for the Guitar and Ensemble Classes department, where he has developed the most varied projects, such as the Fall / Winter Musical Cycles and the Fifteen Years-15 Acts concert cycle. He is the artistic director and member of the jury of the International Competition “Cidade do Fundão” – Guitar Variant.
In his Ensemble Class he was also a pioneer with several formations, with emphasis on the Guitar Ensemble / Guitar Orchestra. With this group, he recorded his first CD in collaboration with the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas – ESART under the name “Guitar Orchestra of the Fundão Music and Dance Academy”.
As a guitar player, he has performed solo recitals at several festivals, of which the Third International Guitar Festival in Tomar stands out, the Musical Cycles organized by the Fundão Music and Dance Academy, the Autumn Music Cycles organized by the Municipality of Penamacor, participation in the International Festival of Novosibirsk-Siberia, in the recital organized by the Camões Institute in Moscow (Russia), in Warsaw (Poland), in the XII International Winter Festival of Domingos Martins (Brazil), in the concert organized by the Professional Conservatory of Bilbao music “Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga” (Spain) and in the 1st edition of the Castelo Branco Guitar Festival.
He was invited by the Guitar Chamber of the Brazilian Music Conservatory to participate in a concert held in the city of Petrópolis (Brazil). He also taught in Brazil, at the Faculty of Music of Espírito Santo, (city of Vitória), a course dedicated to the guitar repertoire of the century. XX. He also participated in a concert promoted by Antena 2, at the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, where he performed Piazzolla’s “Double Concert” for Guitar and Accordion with the accordionist Horácio Pio, accompanied by the Fundão Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 at the Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações in Lisbon, he participated in yet another Antena 2 concert, with the theme “Works for Guitar and Chamber Music by Composer Eli Camargo Jr.”.
He has also participated in various chamber formations, notably the concert with GuitarraTrio held at Centro Cultural de Belém (small auditorium), also promoted by Antena 2. With the guitar octet Acord’ensemble, he participated in the International Guitar Festival of Sernancelhe (Portugal), at the International Guitar’Essonne Festival (France) and at the Festival Elogio da Guitarra (Portugal). He is a founding member of the Guitarrafonia Guitar Orchestra, where participation in the Allegromosso Festival (Italy) stands out.
He is currently a member of the “Concordis” Guitar Quartet.

André Cardoso


ANDRÉ CARDOSO
Born in Coimbra in 1980. He attended the Regional Music Conservatory of Viseu where he studied Classical Guitar with Professors Paula Sobral and Christopher Lyall. Later he joined the University of Aveiro, in the Degree in Music Teaching, Classical Guitar. His teachers were Josef Zsapka and Paulo Vaz de Carvalho; he also studied with António Chagas Rosa, Fausto Neves, and Helena Marinho. He participated in courses guided by Timothy Walker, Olga Prats, Betho Davezac, Roberto Aussel, Carlo Marchione and Judicael Perroy.
He has performed regularly all over the country and abroad, with different musicians and projects, solo and in chamber music groups, intersecting with other instruments besides Guitar such as transverse flute, violin, double bass, accordion, saxophone, singing, piano, Portuguese guitar … Recorded for Antena 2 at “S Synthesis” – Guarda Contemporary Music Festival. He is one of the members of the Guitar Quartet of Viseu.
He was a soloist, with the Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, playing a Concert by Joaquin Rodrigo at the 1st Music Festival in Viseu. He played at the 10th International Classical Guitar Contest and Festival in Sernancelhe with the Guitar Octet “Acorde Ensemble”. He participated in several theatrical works as a composer, performer and also as an actor. He played with the Classical Orchestra of the Center. He won the Zeca Afonso Prize with the group “A Presença das Formigas” at the Cantar Abril Festival in Almada 2009. He taught at several schools, including Riff-Aveiro, Lamego Academy of Music, Guarda Conservatory and Águeda Conservatory. Since 2004, he has been teaching classical guitar at the Regional Conservatory of Music Dr. Azeredo Perdigão in Viseu.