VIOLIN | ORCHESTRA SUIT | ORCHESTRA REPERTOIRE AND EXCERPTS
Coming from a family of amateur musicians, he was born in Lamego on October 1, 1952. At the age of 9, he began his musical studies at the Musical Foundation of Friends of Children in Lisbon.
In 1968/69 he attended the international music courses of Costa do Sol, in violin and chamber music classes guided by Sandor Vegh. In 1971, he completed the Superior Violin Course at the National Conservatory of Lisbon, in the class of Professor Herbert Zils. In the following year, he was awarded to the Lisbon String Quartet, of which he was a founding member, the 1st Prize in the Guilhermina Suggia Contest. In 1977, after occupying for some years the place of chief of the second violins of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, he obtained a scholarship from the Soviet government that allowed him to study with Professor Alexander Stanko at the Odessa Conservatory, and was later invited to participate in a Ukrainian television program in honor of this pedagogue. In 1978, he was admitted to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, in the class of Sergei Kravechenco (assistant to Leonid Kogan), graduating in 1980.
In 1983, he won second prize at the Villa Lobos international competition. As a soloist, he has performed in Portugal, France, Luxembourg, Morocco, China, Macau, Thailand, Denmark, at the International Festivals of Costa do Estoril, Capuchos, Algarve and Pamplona and with the main Portuguese orchestras. In 1988, he recorded Mendelssohn’s concerto in D minor for violin and orchestra and, in 1993, the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Grieg, with pianist Anne Kasa.
He is a founding member of the Artis trio together with Paulo Gaio Lima and António Rosado.
With the Sousa Carvalho Orchestra, of which he was founder and artistic director, he performed innumerable concerts, recording an album entitled Cabaret. He was concertmaster of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in 1982/2003. He has also been a professor at the Lisbon Superior School of Music and at the National Academy of Orchestra since the academic year 1998/1999.
In 2005 he was invited by the Catholic University of Porto to teach the violin chair. In these roles, he has played an important role, with eleven students who have been awarded the Young Musicians Competition so far.