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Carlos Damas

MUSICAL CREATIVITY (PSYCHOLOGY AND MUSIC PERFORMANCE)

Carlos Damas, considered by international critics as a notable violinist, is described by Gramophone magazine with the following words: «Top technical marks… Portuguese violinist Carlos Damas boasts a clear, ringing tone and impressive dexterity.»

The English magazine TheStrad writes: «… Portuguese virtuoso Carlos Damas is closer to the modern sensibilities and sound world of Thomas Zehetmair and Gidon Kremer… Checkers with lightning technical reflexes and tonal flexibility… possesses the Szeryng-like finesse.»

He made his debut as a soloist, accompanied by the then Orquestra da Radiodifusão Portuguesa, under the baton of conductor Silva Pereira. He was awarded the certificate of Excellence in Performance and Leadership by the American String Teachers Association.

He lived in Paris, where he attended the Conservatory. He was a student of Jacqueline Lefèvre and the master Ivry Gitlis. During the years he lived in Paris, he met regularly with Yehudi Menhuin, who guided him in the artistic and violin fields. He participated in masterclasses with teachers Dora Shwarzberg, Shlomo Mintz and Michael Frischenschlager.

He has participated in festivals such as the Gaia International Music Festival, Aragón Interpreters Cycle (Spain), Macau Music Festival, Macau Arts Festival, Music Days in Belém, Semmering Festival (Austria), Mozart Festival (Salzburgo ), Eastern Music Festival (USA), China PR Arts Festival. At the invitation of UNESCO, it held several concerts with the aim of promoting multiculturalism.

Carlos Damas’ discography currently includes nine CDs. His album Fritz Kreisler was considered by TheStrad magazine as one of the best recordings of this composer. The CD with the complete work for violin by the composer Frederico de Freitas was released in October 2015. Also in 2015, he recorded the works for violin and piano by Jean Sibelius. He has recorded for Dux, Naxos and is currently an exclusive artist for Brilliant Classics.

He has performed solo and in recital in the main countries of Europe, Asia and North America, in rooms such as Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Salle Pleyel Ville Louvigny (headquarters of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra), Centro Cultural de Belém, Ly Hysan Concert Hall (Hong Kong), D. Pedro V Theater (Macau) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, among others. As a soloist, he played with orchestras such as the Jeune Philharmonie (Val de Marne-Paris), Winnipeg Symphony (Canada), North Dakota International Music Camp Orchestra (USA), St. Luke’s Orchestra (USA), Camerata de St. Severin (Paris) , Orchester Internationale de la Cité (Paris), Canton Symphony Orchestra (China), Macao Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra (USA), Portuguese Broadcasting Orchestra, Madeira Camerata and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Carlos Damas plays a violin built by G. B. Gabrielli in 1763, called «Isham», which he received as a donation from a North American admirer.