Rui Fernandes was born in Lanhelas, Caminha. He began his musical studies at the age of eight in the Banda Musical Lanhelense. He later studied with José Borges at the Escola Profissional de Música de Viana do Castelo. At 18, he continued his studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with Ismael Santos and, at 23, he joined the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he studied with Chris Houlding. Throughout his education, he also attended courses with the most prestigious trombonists worldwide, such as Josep Alessi, Ian Bousfield, Don Lucas, Gusztav Hona and David Bruchez, amongst others.
Rui Fernandes has played with several chamber music groups and performed solo with the Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras at the Estoril Music Festival. He has also played with the principal Portuguese orchestras, including the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, playing with prestigious conductors and soloists. As a teacher, he has taught trombone at the Alhandra and Minde Music Schools. From 2008 to 2010, he was trombonist with the Remix Ensemble Casa da Música. He has been 2nd trombone soloist of the Gulbenkian Orchestra since 2010. He is also currently a member of the trombone and tuba group, Wild Bones Gang.
Tera Shimizu was born in Berlin, Germany and educated in the United States. She began formative lessons with Josef Kovacs in Princeton, New Jersey and later studied at the Juilliard School with the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay receiving her Bachelor of Music degree. She also participated in the Juilliard-Columbia University exchange program taking classes in medieval history and mathematics.
Later, specializing in baroque violin/viola and historical performance practice, Tera studied in London at the Trinity College of Music with Richard Gwilt receiving a Post-Graduate Diploma and the Early Music Award. She studied viola de gamba with Alison Crum and participated in workshops and masterclasses with Anner Bylsma, Jürgen Kussmaul, Simon Standage, Reinhard Goebel, Jordi Savall, Wieland Kuijken, Monica Huggett, Bernhard Forck, Enrico Onofri as well as with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo and Emerson string quartets. She has performed in numerous festivals including Waterloo, Pacific Music, Dartington Festival, La Folle Journée.
Tera has worked with Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Thomas Hengelbrock, Hervé Niquet, Ton Koopman, Leonardo Garcia Alarcón, Roy Goodman and Maxim Emelyanychev.
An avid chamber musician, Tera is artistic director of Ensemble Alorna, a chamber ensemble drawn from members of the Gulbenkian Orchestra specializing in baroque and classical repertoire played in a historically informed style. Additionally, she is artistic director of the Nasoni Ensemble, a Portuguese early music group specializing in 17th and 18th century repertoire performed on original instruments. Other projects in Portugal and abroad include Quarteto Alcipe, Ensemble Dom Joāo V and collaborations with Orquestra Barroca de Mateus, Americantiga Ensemble, Soavi Concenti, Divino Sospiro, Os Músicos do Tejo, Ensemble Avondano, Contraverso, Flores da Música, Udite Amante, Concerto Campestre amongst others.
Tera is the invited guest concertmaster of the Opera Neo summer festival in San Diego, California since 2020. She has led productions of Mozart’s Magic Flute, the Marriage of Figaro, Handel’s Serse under the direction of Peter Kozma and Stephen Stubbs. Upcoming productions include Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with a co-production in Budapest in June 2022 and Handel’s Ariodante.
An enthusiast of the viola d’amore, Tera can also be found playing the viola d’amore solo in Pentatone’s recording of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly under the direction of Lawrence Foster and the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
Upcoming recordings include a c.d. of 3 quartets by João Pedro de Almeida Mota, Portugal’s greatest composer of chamber music of the classical era with Quarteto Alcipe. This recording is funded by Portugal’s ministry of culture and D.G.Artes.
Tera is based in Lisbon, Portugal and a member of the Gulbenkian Orchestra since 1996.
Born in Castelo de Paiva, Jorge Teixeira began studying music with his father, Joaquim Teixeira, then at the age of eleven he started violin lessons at the Escola de Música e Bailado de Linda-a-Velha, where he was a student of Vasco Broco and José Ferreira. In 1987, he completed the Advanced Violin Course, with Leonor Prado at the Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa. He graduated in violin from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa in 2000.
He has been a member of several Portuguese youth orchestras (he was soloist and concertmaster of Collegium Musicum, Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil and of Orquestra das Escolas de Música Particulares), and also abroad (Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée, Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de l'Académie des Archets and Orchestre des Pays de Savoie). He has performed solo with the RDP Orquestra Sinfónica and the Orquestra D. Pedro V.
He works regularly in the area of chamber music, and was a violinist with the Quarteto Capela quartet. He was a chamber music teacher at the Orquestra das Escolas de Música Particulares and orchestra teacher at the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa.
He currently teaches violin at the Escola de Música e Bailado de Linda-a-Velha, and is musical director of the Orquestra D. Pedro V. He joined the Gulbenkian Orchestra in 1991.
Miguel Simões began his musical studies at Centro de Cultura Musical and later at Escola Profissional Artística do Vale do Ave - Artave, with Professor Ana Cristina Mikus. At the age of 15, he was admitted to the Young Music Department at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, in the class of Professor Joyce Tan, working simultaneously with violinist Ilya Grubert. At the age of 16, in 2002, he won 1st Prize in violin at the competition Prémio Jovens Músicos – RDP. He has also received the merit award for his results and international projection from Escola Secundária Alberto Sampaio.
In 2008, he completed his degree at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, in Professor Ilya Grubert's violin class, and was later admitted to the Master of Music in Performance, in the same class, which he completed in 2011. He was a scholarship holder from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation between 2002 and 2008.
Miguel Simões performs regularly in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Austria and the Netherlands in solo and chamber music recitals. He has been a guest musician at the Gulbenkian Orchestra since 2015.
He premiered three dedicated works by composer Joaquim Santos, Arioso for solo violin, Capriccio for violin and piano, and Trio Concertante for violin, clarinet and piano, in Rome.
Miguel Simões is the founder and artistic director of the Com.Cordas Ensemble, which already has numerous concerts held in the country. In 2020, in an initiative by Suonart – Associação Cultural, in partnership with Braga City Council, he started the project Temporadas de Música de Câmara-Braga, being its artistic director.
Parallel to his artistic activity, he develops a specialized teaching project for young talents, with his students being praised and awarded by various personalities in the field and in national and international competitions. He is currently a Guest Professor at the University of Minho. He is a PhD student in Ciências da Cultura at University of Minho and is currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in Music Neurosciences at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
He performs in concert on a Pierre Hell violin, which belonged to the Romanian composer George Enescu, and a Charles Espey bow.
Martin Henneken received his first cello lessons at the age of six. He studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck (Germany) with Troels Svane. He later studied with Reinhard Latzko at the Vienna University of Music (Austria) where he completed his Master’s degree with distinction. Musicians such as cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist Walter Levin (LaSalle Quartet) complemented his training. He has won awards several times at the German National Young Musicians Competition. He was a student of the Live Music Now Foundation created by Yehudi Menuhin.
During his studies, he played regularly with various orchestras, such as the Lübeck Philharmonic, the Volksoper Wien Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of India, Mumbai. In 2009 and 2010, he was a member of the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna Philharmonic) with which he had the opportunity to participate in recordings, international tours and festivals (Salzburg, Lucerne, BBC Proms). Since 2010, he has been 2nd Cello Soloist of the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
Manuel Rego is Second Double Bass Soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and a teacher of double bass at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he teaches on the Bachelor and Master courses. He was a double bass teacher at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional and at the Escola Superior de Artes de Castelo Branco.
He performs regularly in concerts, masterclasses and music festivals in Portugal, Moçambique and France as well as on radio, television and recordings. He is a soloist with several ensembles, mainly the Gulbenkian Choir. He works as a freelance player with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and the Netherlands Philarmonic Orchestra.
Manuel Rego completed his Double Bass Course at the Conservatório Nacional (1982-1988), where his teachers were Armando Crispim and António Ferreira. With the benefit of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, he studied with Professor Ludwig Streicher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (1988 to 1990). He later completed his Bachelors Degree, specialising in Double Bass, at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, under the guidance of Professor Iouri Axenov (2000-2003), and his Master’s Degree in Pedagogy of the Instrument at the Piaget-Almada University Institute, where his teacher was Professor Joaquim Carmelo Rosa (2012). In 2014, he obtained the title of Specialist by the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa.
Sonata Quarta a 2 (Book 1, for violin, trombone and continuo)
Sonata a 2 (soprano and continuo – Book 4)
Sonata 6 a 2 (Book 1)
Sonata a tre violini
Sonata 14 a 3 (2 violins, trombone and continuo)
The Gulbenkian Orchestra consists of professional musicians of great technical and artistic quality. Throughout the season, they also perform in free chamber music concerts, thus emerging from the anonymity of their roles within the orchestra. While making themselves much more visible, they also make a considerable contribution to a greater appreciation of chamber music as a whole, from the standard repertoire to the premieres of new works.
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