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.
Leonor Braga Santos studied at the Conservatório Nacional de Música, where she finished the Advanced Violin Course with Leonor Prado as her teacher. She went to Gstaad on a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, where he studied with Alberto Lysy. Two years later, she opted for the viola and returned to Lisbon. Under the guidance of François Bross, she prepared for the admission audition for the Cologne Hochschule für Musik, from which she graduated in 1987 with high marks. There, she was a student of Rainer Moog in viola and the Quarteto Amadeus quartet in chamber music.
During the Pommersfelden Festival, she gave the first performance in Germany of Aria a Tre with Variazioni, by Joly Braga Santos, having previously premièred the piece in Lisbon. She participated in the Sion Festival, under the direction of Tibor Varga, and has travelled to various European countries with the Ensemble Cologne, of which she was a member until returning permanently to Portugal.
In her first performance as a soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, she performed the Concerto for Viola in G Major by G. P. Telemann. She has made a CD recording of the Sexteto para Cordas (String Sextet) and the Quarteto com Piano (Piano Quartet) by Joly Braga Santos. She is often asked to play with chamber music ensembles. She has been a member of the Gulbenkian Orchestra since 1988.
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.
Luís Duarte Moreira was born in Paços de Ferreira in 1993. In 2005, he began his French horn studies at Escola Profissional Artística do Vale do Ave (ARTAVE) with Hélder Vales, where he finished with the highest level in his final recital. He also won the “Dr.ª Manuela Carvalho” prize, which is awarded to the best finalist student.
From 2011 to 2015, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in horn at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto (ESMAE) with Bohdan Sebestik, Abel Pereira and Nuno Vaz, where he graduated with the highest level. In 2018 received his Master’s degree in horn from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler-Berlin, with Marie-Luise Neunecker, where he studied with a scholarship from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Luís Duarte Moreira has performed in masterclasses with well-known horn players like José Bernardo Silva, David Johnson, Ricardo Matosinhos, Bruno Rafael, Paulo Guerreiro, David Thompson, Szabolcs Zempléni, Will Sanders, Kerry Turner, Frøydis Ree Wekre, Rodolfo Epelde Cruz, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Jeff Nelsen, and Martin Owen.
In 2012 and 2014, he was awarded 1st prize at the Concurso Internacional de Instrumentos de Sopro “Terras de La-Salette” (Portugal). In 2016, he won 2nd prize (1st prize not given) in the “Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen” (Germany). In 2017, won 1st prize in the most important competition in Portugal, “Prémio Jovens Músicos” (PJM), and in the next year he was awarded an honorable mention at the “Prague Spring” competition (Czech Republic). In 2019, he won 1st prize at the “Concurso Internacional de Sopros do Alto Minho” (Portugal) in the highest brass category. He was co-founder and member of the wind quintet Klaue which won 2nd prize at the PJM, in the chamber music category, in 2015.
In 2012, he worked with the Fundação Orquestra Estúdio, the orchestra of the capital of culture in 2012 (Guimarães). He has performed in many youth orchestras, such as Orquestra Sinfónica APROARTE, Sinfónica da ESMAE, Estágio Gulbenkian para Orquestra, Orquestra Jovem Sinfónica da Galiza, Landesjugendorchester Bremen and Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. He collaborates regularly with Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa (BSP), Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra XXI, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Ensemble Resonanz-Hamburgo, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto – Casa da Música, and Orquestra Sinfónica da Galiza.
He has performed as a soloist with Orquestra ARTAVE, Philharmonisches Orchester Plauen- Zwickau, Orquestra Gulbenkian, and Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa, and he was the horn teacher at the 1st and 2nd “Encontro Nacional de Jovens Músicos” (Vieira do Minho).
He has given masterclasses at the Universidade do Minho, Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga, Festival BSP Júnior, Conservatório d’Artes de Loures, Banda Marcial do Vale, Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho, Academia de Música de Castelo de Paiva (“Masters in Paiva”), and the ESMAE.
Currently, he teaches horn at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra and he is solo horn in Orquestra Gulbenkian.
Rondeau and Hornpipe from the Suite Abdelazer (The Moor’s Revenge)
Irka-firka születésnapra – Mihály Andrásnak
[Sketches for András Mihály’s birthday]
String Quintet No. 2, in B-flat major, op. 87
“and oh by the way”, for string sextet and electronics *
Sextet for two horns and strings, in E-flat major, op. 81b
* Commissioned by Ensemble Alorna – Absolute premiere
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