The Matosinhos String Quartet
Vítor Vieira - 1st violin
Juan Maggiorani - 2nd violin
Jorge Alves - viola
Marco Pereira - cello
The Matosinhos String Quartet was created in 2007 as an initiative of the Matosinhos City Hall. The group’s musicians originate from the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (Lisbon). Each of them studied individually in various prestigious schools abroad, including the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia (Madrid), Northwestern University (Chicago) and Sion Conservatory of Music (Switzerland). The quartet had also specialized training at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Camara de Madrid, where they studied with Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet). During their education they participated in masterclasses and seminars led by the world’s premier string quartet members, such as Alban Berg Quartet, LaSalle Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Melos Quartet, Vermeer Quartet, Kopelman Quartet and Talich Quartet.
The Matosinhos String Quartet members were awarded prizes at Portuguese and international competitions, not only as soloists but also within other chamber music groups. First prizes at the "Prémio Jovens Músicos" Competition led to the Quartet’s concerts (Tacet String Quartet at the time) at such venues as the Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Sintra International Music Festival and Casa da Música (Oporto). In 2009 the Matosinhos String Quartet was awarded the second prize at the Alcobaça International Chamber Music Competition (Portugal).
The Matosinhos String Quartet organizes a regular concert season. Its programme is focused on the commission, performance and recording of new works by Portuguese composers. The Quartet has premiered works by Carlos Azevedo, Fernando Lapa, Vasco Mendonça, Miguel Azguime, Eurico Carrapatoso, António Chagas Rosa, Nuno Côrte-Real and António Pinho Vargas (Concerto for String Quartet performed at the Casa da Música with the Oporto National Orchestra in October 2009). The Quartet’s other projects include performance of complete string quartet cycles by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
The Matosinhos String Quartet performs regularly at Portugal’s most important festivals, such as "Dias da Música" at Centro Cultural de Belém, the Espinho and Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festivals, as well as the Música Viva Contemporary Music Festival. The ensemble also collaborates with leading Portuguese musicians: pianists – Carlos Azevedo, António Rosado and Miguel Borges Coelho; clarinetists – António Saiote and Bruno Graça; and cellist – Paulo Gaio Lima.