Carlos Leite


Carlos Leite was born in Cabeceiras de Basto. At the age of eleven he joined Vasco Faria’s trumpet class at the Escola Profissional Artística do Vale do Ave. He later studied with Eliseu Correia and completed his studies at Artave in 2011. He then enrolled in the Escola Superior de Música e Artes e do Espetáculo, in Kevin Wauldron’s class. He was awarded the 1st Prize in several national competitions, including the Wind Instruments Competition “Terras de La Salette”, the Póvoa de Varzim Trumpet Competition and the Luso-Galaico Albertino Lucas Competition. He also participated in the 26th edition of the Young Musicians Award, winning the 3rd Prize – Top Level. In the same year, he won the scholarship for the 38th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild in Michigan, Chicago. In 2014 he was approved for the Erasmus program, at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, and entered Angel Serrano’s trumpet class. Between 2014 and 2018, he was a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has attended master classes by Hakan Hardenberger, Michael Sachs, Mireia Farrés, Frits Damrow and Pierre Dutot, among others. In 2015 he finished his degree in Trumpet Music – with a perfect score of 20 out of 20 in Trumpet. He was a guest teacher at the 23rd and 24th Technical-Interpretative Improvement Courses of the Music Conservatory of Paredes, 2nd Junior BSP (Portuguese Symphonic Band) Festival. In 2017 he was awarded the 1st prize in the 26th Lions European Music Competition in Montreux, Switzerland. In 2017 and 2018, he taught trumpet at the Academia de Música Costa Cabral and Escola Superior de Música e Artes e do Espetáculo. In addition to the 1st reinforcement in the Porto Casa da Música Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Leite collaborates with the Barcelona and National Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia and the Portuguese Symphonic Band. He recently won the Gulbenkian Orchestra’s audition for Soloist A.

Updated on 13 december 2023

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