Esther Georgie's solo career began at a young age, both on the piano and on the clarinet, often played with her mother, pianist, in recitals. She was awarded the first prize in the International Young Concert Artists Competition, Young Artists Platform in London and Frederick Thurston Memorial Prize, among others. She was invited to play for members of the British Royal Family, including S.A.R.Prince of Wales and Queen Isabel II. He collaborated, as First Clarinet, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in his concerts commemorating his 150th anniversary. She was Principal Clarinetist of the Gulbenkian Orchestra for more than 32 years, also performing solo concerts for clarinet and orchestra with a wide range of repertoires, from classics to contemporary works - some of which are dedicated to you. Esther continues in Portugal, continuing her work in the field of recital (chamber music and soloist) and as a guest teacher in the context of masterclass.
Maria José Laginha
Maria José Laginha studied at the Musical Foundation of the Friends of Children and at the Vale do Ave Artistic Professional School (Artave)
with Filomena Cardoso, Leonor Prado, Alberto Gaio Lima and Suzanne Lidegran. She participated in several masterclasses with teachers such as Daniel Rowland, Felix Andrievsky, Alexei Mijlin, Boris Kuniev, Gerardo Ribeiro, Christophe Poiget, Igor Volochine and Roman Nodel, among others. She won the Young Musicians contest (medium level) in 2005. She played solo with Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra Artave
and Gulbenkian Orchestra. Fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, finished the course of Orchestral Instrumentalist at the National Superior Orchestra Academy. She collaborated with several Portuguese orchestras, among them the Orquestra Aproarte, Sinfonietta de Lisboa, Lisbon Chamber Orchestra and Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Portuguese Chamber orchestra and foreigners, such as The European Union Youth Orchestra and The World Orchestra, with whom she participated in world tours. She has been a member of Camerata Atlântica since its formation in 2013. She was a teacher at Orquestra Geração and is, since 2007, member of the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
Pedro Serra e Silva
Born in Lisbon (1991), he started learning cello with Luís Clode, having continued his studies at the National Conservatory with Maria José Falcão and, later, with Paulo Gaio Lima, at the National Superior Orchestra Academy. He continued his artistic improvement with Xavier Gagnepain, in Paris and with Susanne Wahmhoff, in Münster, on the baroque cello side. During his training he also attended training courses with Heinrich Schiff, Mats Zetterqvist, Paul Wakabayashi, Mats Lidström, Matias de Oliveira Pinto, Xavier Gagnepain, Wolfgang Boettcher and Alban Gerhardt. He was a founding member of the Trio with Piano at the National Conservatory - earning an Honorable Mention from the Jury at the Alcobaça International Music Competition, and from the Olisipo Quartet, performing at Casa da Música, Centro Cultural de Belém, Museu da Música, Museu National Coach Club and the Arab Hall of the Palácio da Bolsa. He collaborates with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, the Classical Southern Orchestra and the Northern Orchestra. He was a Cello Solo at Junge Deutsch-französische Philharmonie and at the International Regions Symphony Orchestra - Baden-Württemberg and at the Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, he toured India with the String Quartet of the Youth Symphony Orchestra, having held concerts in Bombay, New Delhi and Goa, returning in 2017, at the invitation of the Oriente Foundation, this time for a pedagogical partnership with Academia Kala and “Child's Play India Foundation” in Goa.
Natural de Aveiro (1993), iniciou os seus estudos musicais aos 5 anos de idade no Conservatório de Música de Aveiro de Calouste Gulbenkian nas classes dos professores Hazel Veitch e Hugo Diogo. Em 2014 concluiu a Licenciatura na Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa na classe do prof. Pedro Saglimbeni Muñoz, em 2016 terminou o Mestrado em Interpretação Artística na ESMAE, na classe do professor Jorge Alves, e posteriormente concluiu o Mestrado no Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen, na classe de Leo DeNeve. Colabora com a Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, entre outras. Participou em masterclasses com os professores Guy Ben-Ziony, Máté Szücs, Tatjana Masurenko, Roger Meyers, Ivo van der Werff, Diemut Poppen, Ana Bela Chaves, Toby Hoffman, Igor Sulyga e Avri Levitan. É laureada pelo Concurso Paços Premium (1º prémio categoria D, 2008), Prémio Jovens Músicos (2º prémio, Música de Câmara) e Concurso Internacional do Campus delle Arti, tendo nesse âmbito se apresentado em recital nas cidades italianas de Veneza e Pádua.Desde 2017 que integra o Werther Piano Quartet, grupo bolseiro da fundação Mozart-Gesellschaft Dortmund, apresentando-se na Konzerthaus Dortmund em Dezembro de 2018.
He started learning the violin at the age of 4 at the Music Academy of Santa Maria da Feira, with Augusto Trindade and António Fernando Silva. He studied further with Daniel Rowland between 2001 and 2006.
He is licensed by ANSO - Metropolitana, in the class of prof. Aníbal Lima, with a final average of 19 points, and a master in music teaching at ESML. He was head of the 2nd violin suit at EGO 2015 and regularly collaborates with the Gulbenkian Orchestra since 2016, adding collaborations with OSPCdM, OCP, among others. He is the winner of the INATEL 2014 Award and awarded by the PJM (2010, Medium Level). While as 1st violinist of the Olisipo Quartet he participated in the HARMOS Festival and in the Classic Summer at CCB. He attended masterclasses with Simon Fischer, Mariana Sirbu, Gerardo Ribeiro, Evgeny Bushkov, Eric Heide, among others. His CD in collaboration with pianist Vasco Dantas is scheduled for release in autumn 2020.