Maria João Pires
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Born on 23 July 1944 in Lisbon, Maria João Pires gave her first public performance at the age of 4 and began her studies of music and piano with Campos Coelho and Francine Benoît, continuing later in Germany, with Rosl Schmid and Karl Engel. In addition to her concerts, she has made recordings for Erato for fifteen years and Deutsche Grammophon for twenty years.
Since the 1970s, she has devoted herself to reflecting the influence of art in life, community and education, trying to discover new ways of establishing this way of thinking in society. She has searched for new ways which, respecting the development of individuals and cultures, encourage the sharing of ideas.
In 1999, she created the Centre for the Belgais Centre for the Study of the Arts in Portugal. Maria João Pires regularly offers interdisciplinary workshops for professional musicians and music lovers. In the Belgais concert hall concerts and recordings regularly take place. In future these will be shared with the international digital community (pay and non-pay).
In 2012, in Belgium, she initiated two complementary projects; the Partitura Choirs, a project which creates and develops choirs for children from disadvantaged backgrounds as in Belgium the „Hesperos Choir, and the Partitura Workshops. All of the Partitura projects have the aim to create an altruistic dynamic between artists of different generations by proposing an alternative in a world too often focused on competitiveness. This philosophy is being spread worldwide at Partitura projects and workshops.
Born in Budapest in 1962 into a family of musicians, Gyula Stuller studied violin in Budapest from the age of six with professor Dr. Ilona Hencz and later studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in the class of professor Ferenc Halász.
After his first great success, in the Joseph Szigeti International Violin competition in 1979 he was appointed as a soloist of the Hungarian music agency Filharmonia. Under their guidance he travelled all over Europe as a young artist, performed as a soloist at many of Europe’s major cities including Vienna, Berlin, Sofia, Prague and Moscow.
In 1981 he received a two year scholarship awarded by British Petrloleum in London, enabling him to study at the famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the world renown violinist, Professor Gyorgy Pauk. After his studies in London, Gyula Stuller went on to be a laureat at the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Gorizia, Italy in 1985. Gyula Stuller studied with many great violinists including Nathan Milstein, Sàndor Végh, Lòrànt Fenyves, and Tibor Varga. Professor Varga later invited him to Sion to participate in the 20th International Tibor Varga Violin competition in 1986 where he was awarded the first prize and then stayed to work for the following 3 years as Varga’s assistant and as concertmaster of the Detmold Chamber Orchestra, in Germany.
In 1990 Gyula was appointed concertmaster of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, a position he is currently holding. He has taught at both the Fribourg Conservatory and the Tibor Varga Conservatory in Sion, Switzerland.
At present he is Head of the String Faculty at the “Haute Ecole de Musique” in Lausanne, Switzerland, where a number of his students have been awarded prizes at international violin competitions and hold posts in some of the most prestigious orchestras. Gyula Stuller also regularly conducts master classes in Switzerland, Hungary and Italy. He was appointed artistic director of the International Festival “Academie Musicale de Morges” in Switzerland between 2007 and 2014.
Born in Recife, Brazil, in 1957 into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro's classes in Düsseldorf and later in Stuttgart.
He won the first Prize at the 1977 ARD International Competition in Munich and was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Appearing in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas and Asia, Antonio Meneses performs with most of the world's leading orchestras (in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Munich, New York, Philadelphia Washington D.C. or Tokyo.
Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Claudio Abbado, Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Neeme Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Eiji Oue, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Kurt Sanderling, Yuri Temirkanov or Christian Thielemann.
A devoted chamber musician, Antonio Meneses was a member of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio between October 1998 and September 2008. He has collaborated with the Vermeer Quartet on tour and gives chamber music concerts and duo recitals with pianists such as Menahem Pressler and Maria João Pires.
As a recording artist, Antonio Meneses has made two recordings for Deutsche Grammophon with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Brahms' Double Concerto with Anne- Sophie Mutter and Richard Strauss' Don Quixote). He has released the complete works for cello by Villa-Lobos (Auvidis France and Bis), David Popper and CPE Bach (Pan Records).
For AVIE, his recordings include the Six Bach Cello Suites; the complete works for Cello and Piano by Schubert and Schumann with Gérard Wyss; a Beethoven CD with Menahem Pressler; Haydn’s Cello Concertos and the Concertino by Clovis Pereira with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and a CD of Elgar and Gál Cello Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Claudio Cruz, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best Classical Instrumental Solo’.
With the same group, the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Claudio Cruz conducting, Antonio Meneses will record in January 2017, still for AVIE, the concerto by Schumann as well as the concerto by Volkmann and the Rococo variations by Tchaïkovsky.
His first recording with Maria João Pires, The Wigmore Hall Recital, was released in September 2013 for Deutsche Grammophon.
Recent highlights include performances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Maxim Vengerov at the Barbican Centre; appearances at Aldeburgh and at the Edinburgh International Festivals; recitals at Wigmore Hall; ongoing touring projects with Maria João Pires, among others.
In 2016-2017, Antonio Meneses performs with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Orchestra of the Foundation Gulbenkian in Lisbon and in South America, invited for orchestra concert, recital and masterclass by the Cello Biennal Amsterdam, but also by different Polish orchestras, among others.
In addition to his busy concert schedule, Antonio Meneses regularly gives masterclasses in Europe (Cremona, Siena - Accademia Musicale Chigiana -, Madrid – Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía), the Americas (Domaine Forget) and Japan (Tokyo University), as well as teaching at the Bern Conservatory since 2008.
Ignasi Cambra has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Mariinsky Theatre. A close collaborator of pianist Maria Joao Pires, he has performed with the Barcelona, Miami, Vancouver and Mariinsky symphony orchestras, under conductors such as Tsung Yeh, Eduardo Marturet, Josep Pons and Salvador Brotons.
An audience favorite in his native Spain, Ignasi Cambra has appeared in most major concert halls in the country, including the Palau de la Música Catalana, Gran Teatre del Liceu and l’Auditori in Barcelona, Auditorio Nacional de Música and Fundación Juan March in Madrid, Auditorio de Zaragoza and many others. He has also been invited as artist in residence at La Pedrera, and his performances have taken him to festivals such as Peralada, the Schubertiade in Vilabertràn and the Quincena Musical in San Sebastián.
A student of Jerome Lowenthal and Matti Raekallio at the Juilliard School, Cambra also holds degrees from Indiana University and the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as an Executive MBA from IESE Business School. Significant influences include Edward Auer, Menahem Pressler, Alexander Toradze and Rustem Hayroudinoff.
In 1993 Ricardo Castro received the first prize at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in England, becoming the unique Latin American to win the competition since its foundation. 20 years later, he became the first Brazilian to receive the Honorary Membership from the Royal Philharmonic Society. The nomination put him alongside illustrious personalities in the history of Western music.
Born in Brazil, Ricardo Castro revealed a clear interest and ease to play the piano at the age of three, listening his older sister’s classes with their aunt. At the age of five, drawing the attention of Esther Cardoso, a Marguerite Long fellow, he was exceptionally accepted to join the School of Music and Performing Arts of the Federal University of Bahia. Several public appearances followed immediately and at the age of 10 he performed as soloist the Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major.
In 1984 Ricardo Castro began his musical studies in Europe, joining the Superior Conservatory of Music in Geneva in the virtuoso class of Maria Tipo and the conducting class of Arpad Gerecz. He won first prizes both at Zurich’s Rahn Competition, in 1985, and Bern’s Pembaur Contest, in 1986, before graduating from the Geneva Conservatory in 1987 with the “Premier Prix de Virtuosité avec Distinction et Félicitations du Jury”. That same year, he was the ex-aequo winner of the ARD International Competition in Munich and in 1988 he was prize winner at Geza Anda Competition. Shortly after he completed his piano studies in Paris with Dominique Merlet.
Considered a "Marketing Dream" by the British press after winning the Leeds Competition, he was invited to concerts with major orchestras such as the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, Tonhalle Zurich, BBC London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, City of Birmingham Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Mozarteum of Salzburg and many others. Among his partners are Sir Simon Rattle, Martha Argerich, Leif Segerstam, Kazimierz Kord, Midori and Antonio Meneses.
In 2003, he started a piano duo with Maria João Pires, performing a series of recitals throughout Europe. In 2005 a CD of the duo was released by the Deutsche Grammophon, with solo and four-hands works by Franz Schubert. He recorded several other CDs for the label BMG-Arte Nova, all of which were acclaimed by specialized critics.
In 2007, by invitation of the Government of the State of Bahia, Castro created NEOJIBA (State Centers for Youth and Children Orchestras of Bahia), a pioneering program in Brazil inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela that has benefited more than 10.000 children, adolescents and young people in Bahia. General director at NEOJIBA, Ricardo Castro is also Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Youth Orchestra of Bahia, the first Brazilian youth orchestra to perform in Europe. Since its foundation, the orchestra has done hundreds of concerts in Brazil and realized seven international tours in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and USA.
In September 2020 Ricardo Castro was nominated professor at the prestigious Haute École de Musique de Genève, where he will act as head of the keyboard department from September 2021. He also teaches piano at the Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg in Switzerland and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, in Italy, where in 2018 he created a course for “Conducting from the keyboard”.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1985, Lilit Grigoryan started to play piano at the age of seven with Prof. Arkuhi Harutyunyan, and was later a student of Prof. Sergey Sarajyan and Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit. She graduated in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock with the highest distinction.
From 2012 to 2016 Lilit was also Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, under the direction of Maria João Pires. Since then, an intense and inspiring collaboration with Maria João and her various projects has been established.
Lilit has toured across the globe and performed in venues including the Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mozarteum Hall Salzburg, Salle Cortot, Cité de la Musique, Bozar, Flagey, Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and Steinway Halls in New York, London and Hamburg.
She has also been broadcast on Deutschlandradio, BBC Radio 3, BR Klassik, NDR Kultur, MDR Kultur, SWR Kultur, Radio France, Musique 3, France 3, Public Radio and TV of Armenia, Mexican Radio, RAI 3.
Lilit has performed with orchestras including Sinfonia Varsovia, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Liege, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra,North German Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. In addition, she has performed in various prestigious festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier, Gezeitenkonzerte, Kultursommer Nordhessen, Auvers sur Oise, Colmar, Menton, Midis-Minimes as well as others.
Lilit is also a devoted chamber musician and regularly collaborates with artists including Maria João Pires, Sarah Christian, Hiyoli Togawa, Andrei Ionita and William Hagen.
Lilit’s debut CD was released in 2012 and featured works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Bartok and Khachaturian (DiscAuvers). In 2017 & 2018, a further 2 chamber music recordings were released to critical acclaim; the first with violinist Sarah Christian (Genuin) and the second with violist Hiyoli Togawa (Naxos). In November 2018, Lilit released ‘Variations sérieuses’ (Orchid), including works of Bach-Busoni, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bizet and Szymanowski.
In 2008, Lilit received the prestigious Culture Prize of President of Armenia. She was also awarded honors by the State Duma of Russian Federation and the Mayor of the City of Yerevan. Lilit has been prizewinner of several international and national competitions.
During her years of studies Lilit has been supported by various foundations Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, Safran, Horst-Rahe and the Keyboard Charitable Trust. She has also won a Scholarship from Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and the Tabor Piano Award of the Verbier Academy.
For almost ten years Lilit Grigoryan taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.
British baritone Thomas Humphreys is fast establishing himself as one of the most in demand baritones of his generation. In opera, his roles include Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Il Conte Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La boheme), Tomsky (Pique Dame), Jake Wallace (La fanciulla del West) among others for many of the major opera companies across the UK. He was recently critically acclaimed for his role as Il Conte Almaviva in Dorset Festival Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Paul Carr and conducted by Maestro Jose-Miguel Esandi.
Thomas is equally in high demand on the concert platform, regularly performing with the premiere choirs and orchestras in the UK, notably the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the City of London Choir. He recently made his Royal Festival Hall debut singing Requiem (Verdi) with the London Mozart Players. His repertoire includes Messiah (Handel), Elijah (Mendelssohn), St. John Passion (Bach), Christmas Oratorio (Bach), Ein deutches Requiem (Brahms), Requiem (Mozart), Requiem (Faure), The Creation (Haydn), Nelson Mass (Haydn), Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams).
In recital, career highlights include a recital of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Romances in Moscow and also concerts for the Armonie della Magna Graecia festival in Calabria, Italy. He has performed a live broadcast recital of Schubert Lieder for Radio Varna in Bulgaria. Before the pandemic, Thomas performed Schubert’s Die Winterreise for the first time.
Future plans include Requiem (Verdi) at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford and Mass in B Minor (Bach) with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra.
Selma Uamusse released her debut album Mati in 2018. Widely praised by national critics, it was presented on various prestigious national and international stages during a tour with over 60 concerts. The album can be heard as two simultaneous journeys - a geographic one, a visit to Mozambique, where the singer collects sounds and shares her identity; and an internal one, on a spiritual map that is discovered as the music infiltrates those who listen.
In 2020, she released her second album Liwoningo. This album emphasizes an African identity that continues to inspire lyrics and melodies, but which mixes with the world at large, in themes and arrangements, some closer to folklore tradition, others that wander between electronic, rock, Afro-beat, and experimental.
In her own name, Selma Uamusse is much more than a collage of artistic adventures she has lived. Her music is a manifesto for harmony with the world around us, a positive look at the world. A form of struggle and hope for a freer society, with more love.
Marches Militaires, D. 733 No. 1 and 2, for piano four hands
Klavierstück in E-flat major, D. 946 No. 2
Frühlingsglaube, D. 686
Wanderers Nachtlied II, D. 768
Nachtstück, D. 672
Ständchen (from Schwanengesang, D. 957)
Fantasy for piano four hands, in F minor, D. 940
— Intermission of 20 min —
Improvisation on Schubert’s Trio D. 929 (op. 100)
Piano Trio No. 2, in E-flat major, D. 929 (op. 100)
An die Musik, D. 547
*Due to health reasons, Ben Johnson is replaced by Thomas Humphreys.
In early 19th century Vienna, the “Schubertiades”, salon sessions where the composer Franz Schubert was a central figure and where the composer himself and other artists, as well as patrons and friends, performed and celebrated the Austrian composer’s compositions, became famous. These informal events included not only music, but also the recitation of poetry or songs and dances accompanied by the piano. They were intimate moments of sharing, in which art (and music in particular) occupied a central place.
This is the spirit that the pianist Maria João Pires and Judite da Silva Gameiro will recreate during three days at Gulbenkian Música, in four concerts where they will share the stage of the Grand Auditorium with other musicians. A major event not only centered around Schubert’s music, but also based on it and anchored in the idea of music as celebration.
Judite da Silva Gameiro Set Design and Staging
Jean Jacques Sanchez Staging assistant
Cécile Trelluyer Light Design
João Saraiva Dancer and Angel
Laurie Chomel Dancer
Lili Buvat Dancer
Joana Cornelsen and Siça Souza Hair and make-up
Nádia Gama Costumes assistant
"Aventure" Guide dog
Coproduced by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Philharmonie de Paris.
Special thanks to Briare's City Hall and Château de Trousse-Barrière (France) for the support and cooperation in the staging creation process.
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