António Ferreira

António Ferreira


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Born in Lisbon in 1970, António Ferreira studied conducting with Jean-Marc Burfin at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (Lisbon), and took conducting courses with Jean-Sébastien Béreau, former professor of the Conservatoire Superior de Paris. A former student of the Fundação Musical dos Amigos das Crianças (FMAC), where he began his piano studies with Maria Amélia Toscano, António Ferreira continued his piano and chamber music studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with Jorge Moyano and Olga Prats respectively. He also studied chamber music with Maestro João Paulo Santos on the Summer Courses Escolas de Música Portuguesas / Orquestra 91 e 92.

As stage manager he took part in Verdi’s opera “Otello” with Plácido Domingo (1989) and in Massenet’s opera “Werther” with Alfredo Kraus and Ileana Cotrubas (1990). Both took place at the Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos (Lisbon).

As a soloist pianist, he has played pieces by Saint-Saëns and Beethoven with the FMAC Orchestra. He has also played in several concerts and recitals at the Portuguese Public Television and Radio, S. Carlos National Theatre, Gulbenkian Foundation, Queluz National Palace, Belém Cultural Centre, Culturgest and Lisbon Coliseum, among others.Abroad, he played in Spain – Festival Internacional de Valência and XXXI Semana Musical de Santa Cecilia de Badajoz – and in France – Salon Josephine (Strasbourg) and Parlement Européen (Strasbourg).

In 1999 he taught chamber music on the Summer Course Orquestra das Escolas de Música Portuguesas / 99, in Castelo Branco (Portugal). At the end of 2003, he took part in a performance for children (music, ballet and theatre), where he played with Yuki Rodrigues (piano 4 hands), Maurice Ravel’s “Ma mère l’oie” and Hiroshi Aoshima’s “Mon père l’oie” (first performance in Portugal). In 2007 he was a member of the jury in the II Prémio Nacional de Composição Jorge Peixinho (Portugal).

Since 2006 he has worked on the Portuguese Radio – Antena 2, where he has a program about Portuguese classical music. In 2006, and in a co-production between Antena 2 and the Centro Cultural de Belém, he presented a series of chamber music performances with spoken introductions – “As Janelas da Música – concertos conversados”. After that, and in partnership with Artemrede (Associated Theatres), this series of concerts was performed in several regions of Portugal. 37 concerts were given between October 2006 and May 2007.Between November 2008 and May 2010 he was responsible for the concert series “Música.com” (15 concerts) in Loulé.

In May 2009 António Ferreira launched his first CD – David de Souza “Tout près de mon coeur” – with works by David de Souza (cellist, conductor and composer who was born in Figueira da Foz in 1880 and died in the same city in 1918). The CD with works for piano, voice and piano and cello and piano, included the participation of the soprano Ana Leonor Pereira and the cellist Pedro Neves.

In 2010 António Ferreira wrote the essay “Alma Lusitana – Carlos Seixas, expoente máximo do barroco instrumental português” for the book “Colóquio Barroco”, organized by Dr. Francisco Magno of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil).

As Maestro, António Ferreira has conducted several orchestras in concerts all over Portugal. Currently, he is the Principal Conductor of the Orquestra do Novo Círculo de Cultura Musical. Among the concerts performed with this orchestra are the “Wellington Concert” (Figueira da Foz – 2008), the season in the Queluz Palace (Lisbon – 2009), the Opera Gala “Noite de Ópera” (Lisbon and Vila do Conde – 2010) and the “Christmas Concert”, performed in “Santo Condestável” Church (Lisbon 2010).In May 2012 António Ferreira conducted the Spanish orchestra La Spagna (an orchestra that plays on period instruments), on a Spanish / Portuguese tour – Madrid (Ateneo de Madrid) / Lisbon (Ajuda Palace / Foz Palace). In 2014 António Ferreira returned to Spain to conduct La Spagna in concerts in Santander and Madrid. António Ferreira is the founder of the Novo Círculo de Cultura Musical, an Association that promotes arts in Portugal. 

SOME REFERENCES TO MY WORK AND TO "LA SPAGNA":Kerry Stratton (conductor):“Bravo for your beautiful performance.”Dina Gilbert (Conductor):“Fantastic! Wow! Thanks for these minutes of pure beauty and joy. I really appreciated the quality of the performance, of the musicians, and you are a really expressive maestro.”James Dietsch (President/CEO at Dietsch Artists International):“Dear Maestro Ferreira, I enjoyed your work very much. You have much energy and are very dramatically motivated. The Youtube exerpts were wonderful.”Gordon Gunn (Music teacher):“Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your orchestra. Very neat and pure sound. I am very impressed with your conducting which really heralds the music productivity. Well done.”Yelena Dof-Donskaya (Singer):“Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. It's very beautiful!”Eduardo S Zúber (Director de Orquesta):“Excelent job, great music making!”Devin Patrick Hughes (Conductor):“Thank you for sharing Antonio. This is a brilliant video, what an orchestra!”Manuel Alberto Aybar (Artistic Director - City of Riverside Symphony Orchestra):“This is great, congratulations.”Kevin McMahon (conductor):“My sincere compliments to you Mo. Ferreira. Wishing you and La Spagna every success. Do stay in touch about the wonderful activities of your group.”Giovanna Nocetti (Direttore musicale presso Rai 1):“Gentile Maestro, ho visto il vostro sito web, è molto bello ed interessante. Complimenti.”Zoe Zeniodi (conductor):“Bravo Antonio! This is really beautiful!! Good work!!!”Richard Paul (Richard Paul Concert Artists):“Beautiful elegant performance. Bravo!”François Carbon (Chargé de mission Culture University of Luxembourg):“Bravissimo!”Jose Pazos (Director Aristico - Operachoice):“Bravo maestro...wonderfull piece and very very well executed!!”Enric Riu (Compositor):“Gran proyecto! Bonito y ambicioso!”Leroy Osmon (Composer):“Thank you for the YouTube link. I have enjoyed it several times!!!”Youra Nymoff-Simonetti (Présidente de MusicArte):“Muy lindo! Bravo!”Patricia Panton (Independent Performing Arts Professional):“Bravo!”Arnaldo Volani (Presidente presso Associazione Mozart Italia – Rovereto):“Very very nice project. Complimenti!!!”Ineke Vosman (Pianist):“Beautiful, António! I really like the sound of your ensemble!”Philip Herbert (Composer):“I have just listened to the Youtube link. There are some beautiful performances, with some exquisite phrasing and inspired interpretations. Bravo!”Mikael Melbye (Fine Art Painter):“Very,very beautiful.....and very strong....I really liked it! Bravo!!!”James Marchand (Pianist):“Beautiful! Thanks so much!”Susan Merdinger (pianist):“I watched your entire video of La Spagna. It was exceptional, outstanding! I am very impressed! I wish you the best of success. The orchestra sounds wonderful!”Karen Saillant (Founder and Artistic Director - International Opera Theater):“So many congratulations!! These are beautiful performances by La Spagna!!”Leendert de Jonge (Flautist):“Thanks for the impression of La Spagna. It sounds beautiful, especially the balance you have and I enjoyed the double-bass (mostly I miss this low resonating part in recordings of music from this period).”Jaap Godschalk (Committee member Early Music Foundation Barneveld - The Netherlands):“Today I received your message about your project with La Spagna. Thank you very much for that. What a powerful and refreshing sound. My congratulations to you and this ensemble! I admire the beautiful and lively sound of the ensemble.”Gerardo Di Giusto (Pianist):“Felicitaciones por tan bello ensamble!!”
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