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Catarina Gonçalves

Catarina Gonçalves

Catarina Gonçalves was born on the 20th of September 1991.

She started her musical studies at Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian de Braga, in the cello class of professor Raquel Alves. As a student of the Conservatory, she obtained the Academic Merit Award, the Musical Merit Award, the Artistic Merit Award and the Ministry of Education Merit Award. She has been a soloist with the Orquestra do Norte, the Orquestra Académica Metropolitana and the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira.

As a chamber music instrumentalist, she is part of Trio do Desassossego, winner of the 27th edition of the Young Musicians Prize in the category of Chamber Music (superior level). With this trio, she had the opportunity to study for a year at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik und Medien in Hannover, Germany, in the class of Professor Markus Becker. She was also part of the Guimarães String Quartet, having performed in Poland, Germany and in the Macau International Music Festival.

As an orchestral player, she was member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, where she played under the direction of Jac van Steen and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In 2012, she joined the Studio Orchestra Foundation as a conductor within the framework of the European Capital of Culture. She has collaborated with the Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa, the Orquestra Clássica do Sul, the Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein.

She has attended, as participant and listener, several improvement courses oriented by teachers such as Dimitri Ferschtman, Alexander Kniazev, Ília Laporev, Marcio Carneiro, Anne Gastinel, Maria de Macedo, Lluis Claret, Amit Peled, Claudio Bohorquez and António Menezes, among others.

In 2013 she finished her degree at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in the class of professor Paulo Gaio Lima. She represented ANSO in the 4th edition of the Guilhermina Suggia International Prize. She concluded with distinction, in 2017, her Master’s Degree at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, in partnership with the Orchesterzentrum NRW, in Germany, in the class of professor Gregor Horsch (Soloist A of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra).

During her studies, she worked with soloists from some of the main European orchestras such as Frank Michael Guthmann (Mahler Chamber Orchestra), Tamás Varga (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Christopher Franzius (NDR Elbphilharmonie), Floris Mijnders (Munich Philharmonic Orchestra) and Ludwig Quandt (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). She also had the opportunity to perform solo Paul Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 3, Op. 36/2 with conductor Ernst Kovacic.

Currently, she is a member of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa.