MEET THE MUSICIANS

ANDRÉ M. SANTOS

I was born in Lisbon in November 1984. I first graduate in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2006). After my Economics degree, I finished the Guitar Course at the Conservatório Nacional in 2007 (National Conservatory) and immediately started my graduation in Classic Guitar at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) where I studied with Piñero Nagy. I completed my graduation of Classic Guitar as an Erasmus student at Conservatório Superior Manuel Castillo in Seville, where I studied with Francisco Sanchez Bernier (2010).

My passion for Flamenco drove me to start learning flamenco guitar, firstly with Pedro Jóia (Lisbon) and later with Oscar Herrero (Madrid). In 2011, already a graduated Classic Guitar student, I started my post-graduation in Composition at ESML, where I studied initially with composers António Pinho Vargas, Carlos Caires and currently with Professor Luís Tinoco.

I took my first steps in music in Almada and I am extremely thankfull to the Municipality of Almada for their constant support during my career. I am a regular member of the resident jury panel for the Almada’s Intervention Music National Contest since 2007 and I am executive producer of Almada’s Fado Meetings since 2012. In 2011 I was distinguished with the Young Talent award by the Municipality of Almada.

Throughout my career I had the fortune to play with several artists across the globe: Teresa Salgueiro, with whom I played in the “Voltarei à minha terra” tour (2010-2012); as the musical director of the Mythos Orquestra from the “Festival 7 Sóis 7 Luas” (2013-2014) and of the Quórum Ballet in the show “Correr o Fado” (since 2011); as a soloist guitar in Christans concert of the Gulbenkian Choir in December 2014; regular collaborations with some of the critically acclaimed artists of the Portuguese culture such as Mísia, Ricardo Ribeiro, Ana Laíns, Joana Amendoeira, Carla Pires, Maria da Nazaré, João Afonso, Samuel, Rui Baeta and Joana Melo, amongst others.

As a composer I wrote the piece for the Young Musicians Award 2014 in the category of Accordion (commissioned by Antena 2 – RTP). I have written for different projects and music styles, ranging from small chamber music groups to full-sized orchestras. The music I have composed has been performed by some of the most notorious Portuguese music interpreters and in several countries from the USA to China.

Even though I have participated in many different projects I was always keen to make my own groups where I could explore ideas and music languages that I like while working both as a guitar player and as a composer. Hence, in that double role of guitar player and composer, I am a founding member of Melech Mechaya, Lisbon Guitar Quartet, Mano Quartet and André Santos & MOB Ensemble. As a Fado Viola (guitarist), I am currently a resident musician at the Fado House “Mascote da Atalaia” in Bairro Alto (Lisbon).

JOSÉ DIAS

Born in Alcochete (Portugal), in 20 of January of 1978.

During the academic year 1998/99 he attended the Academia de Amadores de Música (Lisbon), where he studied classical guitar with Professor Paulo Amorim. In 2000, he started his studies of classical guitar in Escola Profissional de Almada with Professor Júlio Guerreiro. He has completed a professional course in Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação (2004) with professor Walter Lopes. In that same year he started to attend the Guitar course in Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with Professor Piñeiro Nagy, a course he would complete in 2009. In 2005 he was a founding member of the Lisbon Guitar Quartet. With the Lisbon Guitar Quartet, he has performed in many different locations throughout Portugal and the North of Spain.

He has attended master classes, both solo and as a quartet, with professors such as Dejan Ivanovic, Michael Kontaxakis, Darco Petrinjak, among others. He has started to teach classical guitar in 2005. He is currently a teacher in Music Academy in Alcochete.

He has also collaborated with the Quorum Ballet company, in the Correr o Fado show, performing in Serbia, Sevilla and Azores.

Currently as a guitar player is member of Lisbon Guitar Quartet, “Os Maquinistas” and “Novos Restelos”.

MIGUEL VIEIRA DA SILVA

Born in Lisbon (Portugal), in 1984, he began his studies of guitar with ten years old, at the Escola de Música Nossa Senhora do Cabo (Lisboa), having studied with professors Paulo Galvão and Carlos Gutkin,, having finished the 8th degree in 2003. He frequented Master-Classes with several professors such as Flores Chaviano, Paulo Vaz de Carvalho, Piñero Nagy, António Jorge Gonçalves, Dejan Ivanovic, Joaquín Clerch, Michalis Kontaxakis, Eduardo Isaac and Aniello Desiderio.

In 2007 he finishes his bachelor degree in Guitar at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, in the Piñero Nagy Class, and in 2010 he finishes his master degree at the Universidad de Extremadura, in Cáceres (Spain), with the guitar player Ricardo Gallén.

At present he integrates different projects, such as the guitar duo “MikroDuo” (this duo also performs with Piñero nagy) and the “Quarteto de Guitarras de Lisboa”, having also integrated the “Orquestra de Guitarras” project in 2004 and 2006. In 2005 and 2006 he participated in two operas produced by the “Teatro de S. Carlos” and the “Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa”.

Through several projects, he had the opportunity to act in many stages and festivals (both national and international), such as the Great Hall of the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Russia), the Victoria Hall (Switzerland, Rencontres Musicales Internationales), the Troy Savings Bank (Albany, USA), with the Albany Symphony Orquestra, the MITO Festival (Italy), the Brno International Music Festival (Czech Republic), the Santander International Festival (Spain), the Ljubliana Festival (Slovenia), the Emilia Romagna Festival (Italia), the Centro Cultural de Cascais (Estoril Music Festival ), the Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval , the Centro Cultural da Malaposta, the Centro Cultural Vila Flor, the Palácio de Sintra, the “Casa da América Latina” (broadcasted alive to the radio station Antena 2), the Museu de Arte Antiga, the Teatro São Luís (Musica da LSMS), the Palácio da Ajuda, the Museu de Água, the Museu do Azulejo, among others.

In 2011 he made a tour through Orient, performing in the Beijing and Tianjin Conservatories (China), in the Garden House (Macau), and in different cities of Japan, jointly with the Tokyo Opera Association.

Nowadays he teaches at the Escola de Música Nossa Senhora do Cabo, in Linda-a-Velha.

PEDRO LUÍS

Born in Setúbal (Portugal), he began his musical studies at the Academia de Música de Belas Artes Luísa Todi, in Setúbal (Portugal). In 2003 he concludes the secondary course and is admitted at the Lisbon Superior Music School. In 2007 he finishes his bachelor degree under supervision of Professor Piñero Nagy.

In 2010 he finishes his master degree at the Extremadura University, in Cáceres (Spain), with the famous guitar player Ricardo Gallén. Along his formation, he participated in several Master-Classes with Alberto Ponce, Dejan Ivanovic, Michalis Kontaxakis, Joaquín Clerch, Darko Petrinjak, Costas Cotsiolis, Betho Davezac, among others.

Nowadays he integrates different projects, such as the “Quarteto de Guitarras de Lisboa” (Lisbon Guitar Quartet) and the guitar duo “MikroDuo” (this duo also performs with Piñero Nagy), having also integrated the “Orquestra de Guitarras” project in 2004 and 2006. In 2005 and 2006 he participated in two operas produced by the “Teatro de S. Carlos” and the “Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa”.

With his projects, he had the opportunity to perform in many stages and festivals, such as the Great Hall of the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), the Victoria Hall (Geneva), the Troy Savings Bank (Albany, USA), with the Albany Symphony Orquestra, the MITO Festival (Italy), the Brno International Music festival (Czech Republic), the Santander International Festival (Spain), the Ljubliana Festival (Slovenia), the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Croatia), the Emilia Romagna Festival (Italia), the Centro Cultural de Cascais (Estoril International Music Festival), the Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval, among others.

In 2011 he was in a tour through the Orient, performing in the Beijing and Tianjin Conservatories (China), in the Garden House (Macau), and in different cities of Japan, jointly with the Tokyo Opera Association. Besides his artistic activity, he is a Guitar teacher at the Academia de Música e Belas Artes Luísa Todi (Setúbal), and Escola de Música Nossa Senhora do Cabo (Linda-a-Velha).