Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos

Chamber /orchestra
Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos

The Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos, founded in 2007 as a result of winning the contest organized by the Matosinhos City Council, is formed by Vitor Vieira and Juan Maggiorani (violins), Jorge Alves (viola) and Marco Pereira (cello).

 

After finishing their studies at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, with whom the quartet keeps on collaborating, they completed further studies at several prestigious institutions, such as the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, Northwestern University in Chicago and the Sion Conservatory in Switzerland.

 

The Quartet also undertook specialised studies at the International Chamber Music Institute in Madrid, under Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet violinist).

 

All of them have been awarded with Portuguese and international awards, not only as chamber musicians but also as soloists. In particular, they won first prizes at the Young Musicians Awards Contest as soloists (1996, 2001 and 2003) and for chamber music (1992, 1999 and 2004). The latter led to performances by the Quartet (previously Tacet Quartet) at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the Sintra Music Festival and Casa da Música.

 

In April 2009, the quartet won the 2nd prize at the First International Chamber Music Competition "Cidade de Alcobaça".

 

During their years of study, the members of the Quartet have been in contact whether in master classes and at their colleges, with outstanding musicians, members of international renowned quartets, such as Alban Berg, Hagen, Lasalle, Emerson, Melos, Vermeer and Kopelman. Currently, the Quartet holds a regular concert season in Matosinhos and has scheduled several concerts nationwide.

 

The Quartet is developing a series of unprecedented projects in the country: in addition to the quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, takes a special relevance the premiere of works by Portuguese composers.

 

In this way, the Quartet has performed, for the first time, works by Carlos Azevedo, Fernando Lapa, Vasco Mendonça and Miguel Azguime, and in 2009, has premiered the quartets by Nuno Corte-Real, Eurico Carrapatoso, António Chagas Rosa, Álvaro Salazar and the Concert for quartet and orchestra by António Pinho Vargas (at Casa da Música with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto in october 2009).

 

His recent performances include concerts at the CCB’s Dias da Música and Espinho and Póvoa de Varzim Music Festivals, playing with Carlos Azevedo (his quintet premiere), the clarinetists António Saiote and Bruno Graça and the pianists António Rosado and Miguel Borges Coelho.

Date Last Edited: 31/01/2012
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