NUM 1104

Title: Estudos e Tocatas

Artist: Sofia Lourenço

Composers: Domingos Bontempo, Carlos Seixas

Sofia Lourenço
Born in Porto, belongs to the new Portuguese Pianist generation. She links her intense performance activity, as soloist and chamber music musician to the pedagogy of piano at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo / Instituto Politécnico do Porto. This vivid experience has given her determination concerning  the art of piano performance  and  research of tradition and  innovation in piano playing.
She oftens performs recitals, in artistic projects, as soloist  or in a partnership, in the domain of Literature, such as in the short film Eça de Queiroz: Reality and Fiction (Ed. Instituto Camões, 2000) where she recorded the sound tracking (C. Seixas, J. S. Bach, F, Chopin, F. Schubert); she collaborated with the writers Mário Cláudio, 30 years of Literary Work, Letras em Trânsito –  Porto 2001 European Capital of Culture – Vasco Graça Moura, 35 years of Literary Work and with  the actor António Durães The piano in the poetry of Jorge de Sena, in several Portuguese concert halls, like Gulbenkian Museum, Europarque, Teatro Rivoli, Eng. António de Almeida Foundation, Salão Árabe do Palácio da Bolsa e no Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, in Paris. She was recently soloist with Orquestra Nacional do Porto, under the direction of José Luís Rodilla, and with Orquestra do Norte, under the direction of Ferreira Lobo.
She obtained the highest Degree of Porto’s Music Conservatory, and has equally a Master Degree in German and English Literature by the University of Porto. She also got at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, the Superior Artistic Diploma of Piano Soloist (Künstlerische Abschluprüfung Klavier), and during 4 years at this academy, she has been rewarded with a scholarship by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation(1987-1991).
In Portugal during 10 years she was a pupil of the great Portuguese Pianist Helena Costa and in Germany of the  pianists Georg Sava e Laszlo Simon.
Besides several prizes, recordings for Portuguese Television and Radio, she studied further under very important masters, in different countries of Europe like Sequeira Costa, Carlos Cebro, Alicia de Larrocha, Gyorgy Sebok and also Vitaly Margulis, whose pedagogy influenced her a lot and with whom she mantains frequent contacts.
She recorded in 1999  the  CD “CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE COMPOSERS- piano solo” (Label Numérica), with works by Vianna da Motta, Luiz Costa, Berta Alves de Souza, Maria Teresa Macedo, F. Lopes-Graça, Filipe Pires, Álvaro Salazar e Carlos Azevedo.
She actually attends PhD studies at the University of Évora under Professor Rui Vieira Nery and Professor Ulrich Mahlert (Universität der Künste Berlin).

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