Festival and Academy VERÃO CLÁSSICO 2019 with record numbers and excellent reviews
The 5th edition of Festival and Academy VERÃO CLÁSSICO was be held from July 28th to August 6th, 2019 at Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon. It included daily concerts and Masterclasses with the participation of musicians and teachers from some of the most prestigious international institutions and soloists of the world’s best orchestras.
After 170 participants in the 2018 edition, in 2019 VERÃO CLÁSSICO Masterclasses will have the participation of 200 young musicians, 100 Portuguese and 100 coming from other 28 countries of the 5 continents: Germany, USA, Canada, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Norway, Brazil, Belgium, Slovenia, South Africa, Luxemburg, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Israel, Croatia, Guinea, Bolivia, China, Romania, Poland, Denmark and Australia. Also noteworthy are the concerts that had an attendance of over 3000 spectators.
The national and international press made excellent coverage of the classic summer, awarding 5 stars to several concerts by Bachtrack and Expresso. Some quotes from the press:
“5 Stars. The world's finest musicians took on the formidable challenges.” in Bachtrack, 29.07.2019
“Verão Clássico is among the best festival and academies in the world.” in Diário de Notícias, 26.07.2019
“The young musicians put the results of their masterclasses coaching to the test. It was like roaming the halls of a great conservatory and hearing possible stars of the future play an attractive mix of repertoire done with flair and professional-level chops.” in Sean and Heard International, 01.08.2019
“Stars of the classical music world gave the brilliant opening MasterFest concert.” in Sean and Heard International, 01.08.2019
“5 Stars. The festival conceived and directed by pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro is a work worthy of record, that of bringing together in Lisbon, in the space of a few days, musicians of the highest order plethorically applauded for their performances.” in Expresso, 10.08.2019
“The TalentFest concerts showcased the impressive depth and breadth of young musicians, most of whom are clearly headed for professional careers.” in Sean and Heard International, 09.08.2019
“5 stars. An exceptional excitement onstage was transmitted to the sold-out audience, serving as a corollary to the galvanizing ambience of the festival's ten days.” in Expresso, 5 estrelas, 17.08.2019
“Many young musicians are already working at high levels of the classical music industry. Yet still they came to Verão Clássico to learn, network, and test themselves. For the 200 students it was as if they had traveled to an alternate universe. For the Professors it was an opportunity to do what they love best, surrounded by adoring students and the grown-up groupies, in a time and place above the world’s frays.” in Sean and Heard International, 12.08.2019
For the 2019 edition, VERÃO CLÁSSICO received 15 world class musicians and teachers from famous Conservatories and Universities, such as Berlin, London, Paris, Cologne or Salzburg, and outstanding orchestras like the Orchestre de Paris and the Berliner Philharmoniker:
· Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro (Portugal) : Piano
Artistic and Pedagogical Director
· Eldar Nebolsin (Russia) : Piano
Professor at Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" of Berlin
· Katya Apekisheva (Russia) : Piano
Professor at Guildhall School of Music & Drama of London
· Pascal Moraguès (France) : Clarinet
1st Principal Clarinet of Orchestre de Paris and Professor at Haute Ecole de
Musique de Lausanne and Conservatoire de Paris
· Nicholas Daniel (United Kingdom) : Oboe
Professor at Hochschule für Musik of Trossingen and Guildhall School of Music
& Drama of London
· Anna Samuil (Russia) : Vocal
Soloist of Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and Professor at Hochschule für
Musik "Hanns Eisler" of Berlin
· Mihaela Martin (Romania) : Violin
Professor at Hochschule für Musik of Cologne, Kronberg Academy and
Barenboim-Said Akademie of Berlin
· Jack Liebeck (United Kingdom) : Violin
Professor at Royal Academy of Music of London
· Corey Cerovsek (Canada) : Violin
Professor at University UBC School of Music of Vancouver
· Tatjana Masurenko (Germany/Russia) : Viola
Professor at Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn
Bartholdy” of Leipzig
· Veronika Hagen (Austria) : Viola
Professor at Mozarteum University of Salzburg and Violist of the Hagen Quartet
· Gary Hoffman (USA) : Cello
Professor at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Belgium
· Adrian Brendel (United Kingdom) : Cello
Professor at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Royal Academy of Music of
· Kyril Zlotnikov (Israel) : Cello
Cellist of the Jerusalem Quartet
· Janne Saksala (Finland) : Double Bass
1st Principal Double Bass of Berliner Philharmoniker and Professor at
Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" of Berlin
VERÃO CLÁSSICO Masterclasses are intended for music students, professional musicians and music teachers. VERÃO CLÁSSICO teachers tutor Masterclasses on technique and musical interpretation, which take place simultaneously in several rooms of Centro Cultural de Belém. For practice and rehearsals, young musicians will also have available music rooms in Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.
All participants in the Masterclasses are candidates for VERÃO CLÁSSICO Awards, whose jury is composed by the Masterclasses teachers. These prizes, in the form of concerts included in musical seasons held in Portugal, have an important role of motivation and recognition of talent and the participation by the young musicians during VERÃO CLÁSSICO. Some of the young musicians awarded in the previous editions already had the opportunity to present themselves as soloists with Portuguese orchestras – Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and Orquestra Clássica do Sul – and in the Marvão International Music Festival.
VERÃO CLÁSSICO - Lisbon International Music Academy, thus, promotes education and public presentation of young talents, encouraging and supporting them to build their careers, and at the same time, encouraging cultural exchange among participants of different nationalities. To Portuguese students it offers, in their own country, a platform for development of their artistic level and the exceptional possibility of learning with the most prestigious international teachers, worldwide references of their instruments.
The educational axis of VERÃO CLÁSSICO is complemented by the performative axis, formed by the Chamber Music Festival which, during the ten days of the Festival, present daily concerts with great works from the music repertoire from the 18th to 21st centuries: four MasterFest concerts, with the presence of musicians/teachers, as well as six TalentFest concerts, in which the young VERÃO CLÁSSICO musicians, already awarded nationally and/or internationally, participate.
In 2019, VERÃO CLÁSSICO continued to present a cross-disciplinary field exploring the relations between Music and Science, in order to establish innovative symbioses and stimulate the capacities of reflection and critical thinking, aiming to the enrichment of the participants and of the audience. In this context, scientist Brian Foster - Professor of Experimental Physics of University of Oxford, Professor at the University of Hamburg and leading scientist at DESY, Fellow of the Royal Society – presented “Einstein’s Universe”, a lecture illustrated with music, with the participation of violinist Jack Liebeck.
VERÃO CLÁSSICO 2019 included, once again, sessions of Alexander Technique by Alexander Olschewski, from Berlin, enhancing body consciousness and balance.
With the aim of decentralizing and extending the event to other regions, VERÃO CLÁSSICO returns in 2019 to Bragança and, on June 14th and 15th, presented a concert, at the Municipal Theater, and open lessons of instruments and chamber music for the region's young musicians.
VERÃO CLÁSSICO assumes itself as a unique artistic and pedagogical initiative in Portugal, a project of cultural excellence and international dimension open to all audiences.
The 6th edition of Festival and Academy VERÃO CLÁSSICO will take place from 26th of July to the 4th of August 2020, at Lisbon’s Centro Cultural de Belém.
VERÃO CLÁSSICO oficial site: www.veraoclassico.com