Acclaimed as a “singular case of excellence in the portuguese musical scene” (Diana Ferreira, in Público, 2010), the Matosinhos String Quartet (MSQ) was created by the Matosinhos City Hall through a public audition, and since 2008 the has been enjoying a residency and concert season in this portuguese city.
In the 2014-15 season the MSQ was nominated as one of the ECHO Rising Stars, and therefore toured some of the most important european concert halls, such as the Barbican Centre in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Hambourg, Cologne and Luxembourg Philarmonies, the Konzerfhaus in Dortmund, the Megaron in Athens and the Palace of Arts in Budapest. The MSQ also plays regularly in Portugal’s most important concert halls, such as the Casa da Música, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Centro Cultural de Belém, and colaborates with leading portuguese musicians, such as Pedro Burmester, António Rosado, Miguel Borges Coelho, António Saiote, Paulo Gaio Lima, and Pedro Carneiro.
The MSQ has been commited to championing the portuguese string quartet repertoire, having performed and edited many lesser-known works and embracing new music by contemporary composers: the MSQ has premiered more than 20 new works. The other main artistic goal of the MSQ is being fulfilled with the performance of the core string quartet repertoire during its concert seasons in Matosinhos: the complete works of Mozart and Mendelssohn for string quartet were already performed, and cycles by Haydn, Beethoven and Shostakovich are ongoing.
The MSQ and its members were awarded prizes at the most important national musical competitions such as the PJM National Radio Music Competition and the International Chamber Music Competition “Cidade de Alcobaça”. All members studied at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (Lisbon) and perfected their art at various prestigious school, including the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia (Madrid), Northwestern University (Chicago) and Sion Conservatory (Switzerland). The quartet also had specialized training at the Instituto Internacional de Musica de Cámara de Madrid, where they studied with Rainer Schmidt (violinist of the Hagen Quartet). They also attended masterclasses with members of leading string quartets, such as the Alban Berg, Lasalle, Emerson, Melos, Vermeer, Kopelman and Talich.
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