Artistic Director: Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro


29 SET > 7 OUT 2023


Bragança - Portugal


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Introduction by Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Artistic Diretor of the BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST International Music Festival


The 3rd edition of BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST International Music Festival presents a program of artistic excellence, consolidating the path followed in the 2021 and 2022 editions, which brought to the city of Bragança the brilliance of renowned orchestras and musicians - such as the Vienna and St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestras, Gérard Caussé, Diana Tischenko, Héctor del Curto, Mario Hossen, Lena Belkina, Marcelo Nisinman, among others - for memorable concerts sold out by an enthusiastic audience.

In 2023, Bragança will once again become the epicenter of classical music in Portugal for about two weeks, as usual around World Music Day, October 1, with an exciting program and the presence of national and international reference musicians.

Of particular note are the opening concerts of BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST with one of Spain's leading orchestras, theAsturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA). Under the direction of its Principal Conductor since 2022, portuguese Nuno Coelho, OSPA presents two concerts in the magnificent hall of the Teatro Municipal de Bragança, with masterpieces of musical heritage: Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Dvořák's 9th Symphony, "From the New World".

Also noteworthy is the presence at this edition of BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST of two renowned musicians, especially in the world of wind instruments: the famous French clarinetist Pascal Moraguès, 1st Soloist of the Orchestra of Paris, who has been among the world's elite for four decades, and the Portuguese flutist Adriana Ferreira, 1st Soloist of the National Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome and a prize-winner at the main international competitions. Another highlight of the 3rd BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST is the Portuguese debut of soprano Julia Muzychenko, a star on the rise on the world opera scene and a laureate of major international singing competitions such as the Clermont Ferrand Opera Competition (1st Prize), the Montserrat Caballé Competition (2nd Prize) and Belgium's Queen Elisabeth Competition (3rd Prize). In 2023, BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST will also continue to be the stage for young and talented Portuguese musicians at the start of their careers, some of whom live in other countries and thus return and maintain their connection to Portugal.

The musical repertoire of this 3rd edition spans four centuries, from the Baroque music of Johann Sebastian Bach to the 21st century music of Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, including the great composers of classicism and musical romanticism and 20th century music, namely Spanish music by Joaquín Turina and Portuguese music by Fernando Lopes-Graça. The Closing Concert of the 3rd BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST is an excellent example of the stylistic and international variety of this edition's repertoire, culminating in the famous and festive "The Carnival of the Animals, Great Zoological Fantasy", a work full of humor composed by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns in 1886 and which, on this special occasion, will feature Jorge Vaz de Carvalho's narration of humorous texts written by António Mega Ferreira

Alongside the concerts, the 3rd BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST continues its important educational and cultural awareness axis, inaugurated in the 2022 edition, with the holding of masterclasses and meetings, with the participation of the artists present at the festival and especially aimed at musicians and students from the city and the region.

An important feature of BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST, since its first edition, has been the holding of concerts in venues with rich heritage, as in 2023 in the churches of São Francisco, Sé Velha and Santa Maria, in a healthy crossover between music and the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of Bragança.

The purpose of this 3rd edition of BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST is to consolidate the festival as a cultural event of excellence on a national and international scale, contributing to the dynamism and prosperity of the region and promoting universal access to culture and the celebration of community life through the extraordinary universal language of music.

My best wishes to everyone who makes the BRAGANÇA CLASSICFEST International Music Festival possible, starting with the fundamental support of Câmara Municipal de Bragança, Teatro Municipal de Bragança and DSCH Associação Musical, the promoters and organizers of this praiseworthy initiative, and the festival's main patron, BPI/Fundação "la Caixa". I would also like to thank Direcção-Geral das Artes, Diocese de Miranda-Bragança, media partner RTP Antena 2 and, especially, His Excellency the President of the Republic, for the High Patronage once again granted.


General Programme:

29th September
21h00 | Teatro Municipal de Bragança

Asturias Symphony Orchestra
Nuno Coelho - Direction
Esther Hoppe - Violin


30th September
21h00 | Teatro Municipal de Bragança

Asturias Symphony Orchestra
Nuno Coelho - Direction
Christian Poltéra - Cello


1st October 
17h00 | Sé Velha de Bragança

Esther Hoppe - Violin


3rd October
21h00 | Igreja de Santa Maria – Cidadela de Bragança

Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro - Piano and Direction
Esther Hoppe - Violin
Christian Poltéra - Cello
DSCH – Schostakovich Ensemble


5th October
21h00 | Igreja de São Francisco

Adriana Ferreira - Flute
Pascal Moraguès - Clarinet

Juventus Ensemble


6th October
21h00 | Teatro Municipal de Bragança

Julia Muzychenko – Soprano
Matthias Samuil – Piano


7th October Outubro
21h00 | Teatro Municipal de Bragança

Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro - Piano

Rosa Maria Barrantes - Piano

Adriana Ferreira - Flute

Pascal Moraguès - Clarinet

Amia Janicki - Violin

Tomás Soares - Violin

Mafalda Costa Reis - Viola

Beatriz Raimundo - Cello

Tiago Pinto-Ribeiro - Double Bass

João Miguel Braga Simões - Percussion

Jorge Vaz de Carvalho - Narrator


All information in: CLASSICFEST.PT

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