João Robim, born in the city of Braga, has started to play the guitar at the age of 10. In 2016 he has concluded the secondary music course at the Vila Nova de Famalicão/Santo Tirso Musical Culture Centre CCM, with the highest score under the guidance of the teacher Fernando Ribeiro. Since 2012 he has gained 21 first prizes in competitions all over the country, highlighting the prize Young Musicians in 2017. He has participated in several guitar festivals in Portugal, whether in competitions or recitals and he has performed in the TV network RTP and on the Radio Antena 2. Throughout is path as a guitarist he has attended courses with Andrew York, Wolfgang Lendle, Johannes Möller, Amadeus Guitar Duo, SoloDuo, Pablo Marquez, Rafael Aguirre, Marcin Dylla among others. Nowadays he studies at the Évora University, attending the second year degree in Classical Guitar, in the class of the teacher Dejan Ivanovic.
Marco Tamayo, the cuban guitarist with Austrian citizenship, acclaimed as “Il Re della Chitarra” by the Italian News paper L’Stampa 1999, is a winner of major international competitions, performed with well known orchestras and conductors around the globe and is a leading figure on the classical guitar now a days. Marco Tamayo is Professor at the Mozarteum University of Arts in Salzburg, Prof. at the Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, Guest Professor at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland and was a Prof. at the Sydney University in Australia. His book called “Essential Principles for the performance on the classical guitar” has changed the approach on the instrument and its teaching worldwide. His students enjoy an international career. Marco Tamayo is artistic director of the Michelle Pittaluga Int. Guitar competition in Alessandria, Italy. He is also a Honor Citizen of the city of Solero and Alessandria, both in Italy. Tamayo plays on a Simon Marty guitar. He is a Savarez artist, and plays on Alliance Blue-Cantiga-Premium strings. Marco Tamayo is Chairman of the Marco Tamayo Edition, publishing house created on 2014.
Prof. Mag. Marco Tamayo
– Prof. at the Mozarteum University of Arts in Salzburg / Austria
– Prof. at the Landeskonservatorium – Gustav Mahler University in Klagenfurt / Austria
– Artistic Director of the Michele Pittaluga, Città di Alessandria Int. Guitar Competition, Italy.
– Honor Citizen of the city Alessandria, in Piemonte / Italy
– Honor Citizen of the city Solero, in Piemonte / Italy
– Honor Member of the International Guitar festival in Volos-Greece, and advisor of the artistic direction. (From 2016 on)
– Honor Member of the Int. Guitar Festival of Puebla-Mexico. (From 2014 on)
– Chairman of the Marco Tamayo Edition
Joaquim Santos Simões was born in 1995 in the city of Coimbra. He has started studying classical guitar at the age of 11 with the guitarist and teacher Ricardo Abreu, at the Espinho Music Academy. During his educational path he has received several merit grants both in the music education and in the regular education such as the Espinho Music Academy and the Espinho Parish Council Merit Award (2009), the AME and the Espinho City Hall Merit Award (2010) and the AME Merit Award (2012). In 2013 he has graduated from high school in the field of science and technologies being admitted in the Nova University in Lisbon in the economics course. In his application to the higher education in music he was admitted in the Robert Schumann University, in Dusseldorf, Germany where he has classes with the renowned and virtuous guitarist and teacher Joaquín Clerch. Throughout his education he had the opportunity to participate in several masterclasses with distinguished guitarists and teachers such as Dejan Ivanovic, Pedro Rodrigues, Paulo Vaz de Carvalho, Eduardo Fernandez, Rafael Aguirre, Carlo Marchione, Aniello Desiderio, Ricardo Gallen, Marco Tamayo, Judicael Perroy, Jeremy Jouve, Fabio Zanon, Franz Halasz, Hubert Kaeppel, Elena Papendreou, Margarita Escarpa, among others. He has performed in some of the most important concert halls in Europe namely in the Manuel Falla Auditorium (Madrid), in the Tonhalle Duesseldorf (Germany) with the Robert Schumann Hochschule Orchestra, in the Robert Schumann Saal (Duesseldorf) and in the Palais Wittgenstein (Duesseldorf).
Joaquim Santos Simões has participated in many national and international competitions winning several prizes among each the first place in the IV category, in the 3rd Fafe Luso-Spanish Guitar Competition (2009), a David Russel Mention in the David Russel Honorary Awards Competition (2010), the first place in the V category and Revelation Award, in the Fundão City International Competition (2011), the first place in the V category, in the Almada City International Guitar Competition (2012), the first place in the A category, in the inside AME Competition (2012), the first prize in the Guimarães International Guitar Competition (2015), the third place in the Gredos San Diego International Guitar Competition, Madrid (2017), the first place in the Amarante International Guitar Festival and Competition (2017) and the first prize in the prestigious International Guitar Certamen Andres Segovia, Spain (2018). Beside the guitar studies he has attended composition classes with the teacher Nuno Peixoto de Pinho. Currently he has classes with the Professor Hubertus Dreyer. Joaquim has got awards in the composition area such as the first place in the 3rd edition of the Composition Award Século XXI – Gustav Mahler, a Honourable Mention in the Chamber Music Category with the piece “Sobre um tema de Cantus”, for guitar trio, the first place in the 4th edition of the Composition Award Século XXI – Bernardo Sasseti and Emmanuel Nunes” with the piece “Transfigurações Nocturnas” for solo guitar and a Honourable Mention for Chamber Music with the piece “Elegia” for cello and guitar.
Winner of Artist’s International Auditions (New York), Sor Competition (Rome), Young Musicians Award (Lisbon) and prize winner at Paris, Verona, Valencia, Montelimar, Sernancelhe among other competitions, Pedro Rodrigues has started his musical studies at the age of 5 and the study of classical guitar at the age of 9 with José Mesquita Lopes with whom he completed his course of study with highest honours and as recipient of the Gulbenkian Scholarship. Later, he has continued his studies with Alberto Ponce at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, receiving the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Musique de Chambre and also the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Guitare with top honours: “à l’unanimité avec felicitations du jury” and he has also taken masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Joaquin Clerch and Darko Petrinjiak. He has received his Ph.D. from Aveiro University in 2011, under the guidance of Paulo Vaz de Carvalho and Alberto Ponce as recipient of the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia Scholarship. Pedro Rodrigues has performed either as soloist, in chamber music ensembles or in orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, in prestigious halls like Carnegie’s Weill Hall – New York, Salle Cortot – Paris, Ateneo – Madrid, National Concert Hall – Taipei, Sala Raúl Juliá-San Juan, Endler Hall – Cape Town, Sala Manuel de Falla – Madrid, Centro Cultural de Belém – Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation – Lisbon, Casa da Música – Oporto. He made recordings for RTP, RDP, RTM, SABC, WIPR, Cesky Rozhlas Broadcasting Companies and CD for NUMÉRICA, Pentatone, Capella, JNS Music, Portugaler and Nuova Venezia recording labels. He has performed as soloist with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic Orchestras, ArtAve Orchestra, Algarve Orchestra among others and has collaborated with Orchestrutópica, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Grupo Música Nova and Miso Music Portugal. He is frequently invited to teach masterclasses in Universities in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. His transcriptions are published under Mel Bay Publications and Notação XXI. Pedro Rodrigues is currently teaching at Aveiro University.
“A rising star of the classical guitar”
-20th Century Guitar Magazine (USA)
“Rodrigues’ transcription manages to retain the heroinism and ceremony this music radiates. From the superb French-style Ouverture (in which Pedro Rodrigues shows his remarkable dexterity in the Grave and adroit use of staccato to bring out the “voices” in the three-part fugue which follows) through to the final movement, the Gigue which provide a wonderfully exciting climax, the player retains the sense of majesty this work requires.”
-Classical Guitar Magazine (UK)
“One should highlight the spectacular musicians Monika Streitová (flute) and Pedro Rodrigues (guitar) that showed how the contemporary music scene has superb musicians in Portugal.”
-Jornal Público (Portugal)
“In both cases, Rodrigues’ skilful transcription very evocatively transported us into the Baroque sound-world, preserving the public grandeur of Händel as well as the private meditative style of Bach. The ability to do justice to multiple melodic lines occurring simultaneously in the bass and upper registers is quite a feat even on a keyboard instrument, but Rodrigues was able to masterfully convey this complex contrapuntal texture on the guitar. It underscored why he is so highly respected in the music world for his transcriptions.”
-The Navhind Times (India)
Recognised as one of today’s finest classical guitarists, Gabriel Bianco has won First Prize in some of the most prestigious international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Competition (San Francisco, USA 2008) and the Koblenz International Guitar Competition, “Hubert Käppel” (Koblenz, Germany 2007). In 2011, he was nominated “Révélation Classique” from the ADAMI (Society for the Collective Administration of Performers’ Rights in France). Gabriel has performed in over forty countries and in many of the most renowned festivals and concert halls. He has been a featured artist at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and Theatre du Chatelet in Paris (France), the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, Philharmonie Concert Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Luis Angel Arango Library of Bogotá, Colombia, Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, Musashino Art Centre in Tokyo, Japan and the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, USA. As a solo recitalist, Gabriel performs music from the Baroque to contemporary with an emphasis on music from the Romantic period and music of Spain. Many composers have dedicated new works to him. As a soloist with orchestra, Gabriel has performed concerti with the Koblenz City Orchestra (Germany), the Aukso Orchestra (Poland), Lipetsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), and the Romanian Radio Orchestra. Audience, colleagues and critics have commented that in concert, Gabriel and his guitar become one. They recognise that the elegance and colours of his playing exude a unique approach to all of the repertoire he explores. Passionate about chamber music, Gabriel is a founding member of the Eclisses Guitar Quartet which was formed in 2012. The quartet won France’s National Federation of Parents’ Associations of Conservatory Students chamber music competition (FNAPEC) in 2013 and became a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. The Quartet has released three recordings: Guitares (2013), Invitation Française (2015), and Pulse (2017). Gabriel often collaborates with other instrumentalists and singers and released the CD Divertissement with oboist Michaela Hrabankova in 2017. Gabriel has recorded two solo albums. Laureate Guitar Series was recorded on the Naxos label in 2007 and his latest solo recording, Capricci, was released in 2015 by Ad Vitam Records. Born into a family of musicians, Gabriel Bianco started playing the guitar at the age of five. At sixteen he entered the National Superior Paris Conservatory for Music and Dance (CNSMDP) and graduated with highest honours in guitar and chamber music.