Portuguese classical recital on Friday

HARARE - Zimbabwe College of Music will host a classical music recital by two Portuguese musicians Luis and Fernado Costa on Friday.

The event has been made possible by the Portuguese Embassy.

Students from the college and the public are invited to be part of a workshop led by the two brothers before they perform the recital in the evening.

The two respected Portuguese brothers have made a name for themselves performing at various international platforms.

Luis is a musically-sophisticated pianist who began his studies at the age of eight at the famed Zhuang Xiao Hua.

Under the tutelage of his current teacher Álvaro Teixeira Lopes, Luis excelled in international competitions like Le Mesnil des Arts, Iberian Competition Alto Minho and Santa Cecilia.

The gifted pianist, who spent last year at the revered HFM Stuttgart under the guidance of Friedemann Rieger, is a previous recipient of the Chamber Music Young Musicians Award.

Luis maintains regular contact with his idol Spanish pianist Joaquin Soriano who is based in Madrid.

Due to his interest in chamber music, the Portuguese prodigy has worked with musicians like António Meneses, Lluis Claret and Hans-Peter Stenzl e António Chagas Rosa.

His next concerts will lead him to Rome, Darmstadt, Festival St Mesnil in France, China, Canada and several music festivals in Portugal.

Fernando, on the other hand, is the master of the cello.

He began his music studies under Valter Mateus which led him to graduate at the highest level.

Fernando is currently attending the first year of a masters degree in music performance under prestigious cellist Antonio Meneses at Hochschule der Kunste Bern in Switzerland.

The young Portuguese cellist, who has been honoured by the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is a prolific performer in Portugal.

Fernando is in line to perform at festivals in Portugal, Canada and France.

The winner of several competitions has worked with famed cellists like Paulo Gaio Lima, Filipe Quaresma, Dimitri Ferschtman, Márcio Carneiro, Anne Gastinel, Natalia Gutman, Pavel Gomziakov and Lluis Claret.

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