Festival and Academy VERÃO CLÁSSICO 2020 with great success


The 6th edition of Festival and Academy VERÃO CLÁSSICO was held with great success, both artistically and pedagogically, despite the difficulties and restrictions caused by the pandemic of COVID-19.

As planned, SUMMER CLASSIC 2020 took place between 26 July and 4 August 2020, in Lisbon. It included seven concerts and hundreds of Masterclasses with the participation of musicians and teachers from some of the most prestigious international educational institutions and soloists from the best world orchestras.

As in 2019, the Masterclasses VERÃO CLÁSSICO had in 2020 the participation of 200 young musicians, 100 of whom were Portuguese and 100 from more than 20 countries.

The Portuguese press covered the event significantly, such as:
RTP tv report:
Expresso newspaper article:
“6th edition of Verão Classico, the summer event par excellence in the capital where it occupies the place of honor of classical music.
Since 2015, Classic Summer has grown, showing the resilient side of culture. Fighting against winds and tides, the festival director managed the feat of expanding the event to new venues such as the Palácio Fronteira, the Thalia Theater, the Palácio das Laranjeiras and the National Conservatory of Lisbon. It is in them that the festival will develop the other strand, the educational-pedagogical one directed to 200 instrumentalists enrolled for improvement in masterclasses taught under the guidance of musicians of international excellence such as the violinists Jack Liebeck, Mihaela Martin and Tedi Papavrami, the bassist Janne Saksala, the singer Anna Samuil, cellists Gary Hoffman, Kyril Zlotnikov and Frans Helmerson, clarinetist Pascal Moraguès and pianists Eldar Nebolsin and Henri Sigfridsson, among many others.
It is worth noting this combination in Lisbon, in the space of ten days of musicians of the highest order.
The event, open to all audiences and with some free admission recitals, will have excellent moments like those of the three biggest shows designated as Masterfest presented at Teatro Thalia.”
In Expresso, 25.07.2020, by Ana Rocha

Internationally, it is worth noting the presence in Lisbon of the main French classical music website, Classiquenews, which published an excellent article about VERÃO CLÁSSICO 2020, at classico-2020-a-lecole-de-lexcellence-musicale/  and that highlighted:
“Festival and Academy VERÃO CLÁSSICO resonates like a balm against the silence and isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, students and teachers share, experiment, deepen, for the great pleasure of the festival's audience, who, as a privileged witness, can follow step by step the stages of solo instrumental work and also the delights of musical sharing because, in the evening, the concerts mix experienced talents and young temperaments that face the challenges of collective and chamber music. A fascinating experience for the audience and for the musicians.
Masks in place, respected distances, work sessions and concerts follow one another at a continuous pace.
This edition takes place on a new form, shining in Lisbon, and not only at the Centro Cultural de Belém, which until then was its usual place. The Thalia Theater, integrated in the Palácio das Laranjeiras, as well as the Marqueses da Fronteira Palace (and its remarkable 18th century tiles), offer to the musicians, at concerts and masterclasses, two prestigious spaces. In addition to being a notable birthplace of young artists, guided by experienced soloists, VERÃO CLÁSSICO is now a new destination with high heritage value.
The 10 days of the VERÃO CLÁSSICO thus show permanent work, the common will to overcome, the search for pleasure, excellence and complicity. The professors invited by Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro are all renowned soloists, coveted teachers, offering this year’s 200 students a unique opportunity to continue to perfect their instrumental skills. During their stay in Lisbon, the musicians offer the public a stimulating and comforting bath of music; a break this summer of all the challenges, a real result that assumes itself as a liberating escape.”
In Classiquenews, 28.08.2020, by Lucas Irom

Videos and photos of the Classic Summer are being published daily on the respective pages:
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For this 2020 edition, VERÃO CLÁSSICO received renowned musicians and teachers from famous Conservatories and Universities, such as Berlin, London, Paris, Cologne, Geneva and Madrid and from outstanding orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich, and Royal Concertgebow Orchestra of Amsterdam:


Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro (Portugal) : Piano

Artistic and Pedagogical Director


Eldar Nebolsin (Russia) : Piano

Professor at Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" of Berlin


Henri Sigfridsson (Finland) : Piano

Professor at Folkwang Universität der Künste of Essen


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


Tedi Papavrami (Albania) : Violin

Professor at Haute École de Musique of Geneva


Miguel da Silva (France/Switzerland) : Viola

Professor at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel of Belgium


Frans Helmerson (Sweden) : Cello

Professor at Kronberg Academy and Barenboim-Said Akademie of Berlin


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


Emily Beynon (United Kingdom) : Flute

1st Principal Flute of Royal Concertgebow Orchestra of Amsterdam


Ramón Ortega Quero (Spain) : Oboe

1st Principal Oboe of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich


Pascal Moraguès (France) : Clarinet

1st Principal Clarinet of Orchestre de Paris and Professor at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía of Madrid, Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne and Conservatoire de Paris

The 7th edition of Festival and Academy VERÃO CLÁSSICO will take place from the 1st to the 10th of August 2020, in Lisbon.
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