Portuguese pianist Inês Andrade has presented solo and chamber recitals across Europe, Africa and North-America, and performed as a soloist with the Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra, the ArtQuest Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Lisbon College of Music and the National Conservatory Orchestra. She has been described as a pianist with “excellent technique and elaborated touch” (Jornal de Notícias), “good feeling for style, lyricism, and wonderful musicianship” (Jens-Georg Bachmann, conductor).
Since she moved to the US, Ines Andrade has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Frederick Loewe Theater, Klavierhaus, The Saklad Auditorium, and at the Tenri Cultural Institute. She was featured in the NYU Steinhardt Liszt Bicentennial Festival, in the NYU Piano Honors Recital and on “Music With a Vue”, at the Bellevue Hospital. She also collaborated with the NYU Orchestras and the NYU Percussion Ensemble. As a winner of the 2013 Piano Concerto Competition at NYU Steinhardt, she is going to perform the Schumann Piano Concerto with the NYU Symphony Orchestra in December.
Ms. Andrade has a strong interest in collaborating with instrumentalists, singers and composers. She was a prize-winner of the “Portuguese Young Musicians Prize”, with violinist Tamila Kharambura, and in 2012 started a new project with Marta Menezes, Duo Pianissimo, with whom she toured recently in Cape Verde and Switzerland, presenting Portuguese music written for two pianos.
She has performed in masterlcasses with Jerome Lowenthal, Jerome Rose, Vitaly Margulis, Boris Berman, Mikhail Voskresensky, Solomon Mikowsky, Jeffrey Swann, Galina Eguiazarova, Ferenc Radus, Marc Durand, Peter Donohoe, Alexander Kobrin, and James Giles. Ines has attended and played in festivals such as the “Festival e Academia Dino Ciani”, “The International Piano Festival” in Paris, the “Gijon International Piano Festival”, the “International Piano Master-Classes” in Obidos, and the “Viana Chamber Music Festival”.
nês Andrade began her musical studies in her native Lisbon, at the National Conservatory and graduated with honors from the Lisbon College of Music, studying with Miguel Henriques. She holds a Master’s degree from New York University, where she worked with Jose Mendez and Marilyn Nonken. As a graduate student at NYU Steinhardt, she received a Steinhardt Talent Scholarship and also served as Adjunct Instructor in Piano Studies, teaching private piano, keyboard harmony and improvisation, and keyboard skills.
Ms. Andrade is pursuing a DMA in Piano Performance at Boston University, under the guidance of pianist Gila Golstein.
Marta Menezes is a Portuguese pianist that has presented recitals in Portugal and across Europe – in Spain, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, Germany – and Cape Vert.
Having recently received the 1st Prizes at Beethoven Competition at the Royal College of Music and at Nice International Piano Competition, Marta was also a prizewinner in international piano competitions, including the Concours International de Piano du Conservatoire Russe de Paris Alexandre Scriabine, Concurso Piano Ciudad de San Sebastián, 18th International Piano Competition Rome 2008, Concurso Ibérico de Piano do Alto Minho and the Coucours Chopin at Bagnères de Bigorre.
She has participated in international courses with pianists such as Vitaly Margulis, Boris Berman, Galina Eguiazarova, Mikahil Voskresensky, Pressler, Luiz de Moura Castro, José Eduardo Martins, Joaquin Soriano, Gabriel Tacchino and Maurizio Moretti.
As orchestra soloist, she performed with Orquestra Sinfónica da Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Camerata MusArt and Orchestre Régional de Cannes at Auditório Vianna da Motta, Cine teatro Torres Vedras, Teatro S. Luiz, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Centro Cultural de Belém, one of the main venues in Portugal, and at Nice Conservatoire.
Marta has been invited to premiere works by Portuguese contemporary composers such as Sérgio Azevedo, André Miranda, Nuno da Rocha, Tiago Cabrita and Diogo Alvim, which includes recordings for Antena 2 Radio, Portugal.
As chamber musician her current projects include a duo with Inês Andrade – Duo Pianíssimo – with whom she presents works by Portuguese composers for two pianos and piano 4 hands to new international audiences.
Marta Menezes began her musical studies at the age of four, in Minde (Portugal) studying with Gabriela Capaz and Paulo Pacheco. In 2006 she entered the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa Bachelor Program where she studied with Miguel Henriques. She later finished with the highest grades the Master of Performance, having studied with Miguel Henriques and Jorge Moyano.
Marta Menezes has recently been awarded a Master of Performance with distinction at the Royal College of Music, in the class of Dmitry Alexeev.
Highlights of Marta’s future projects is the recording of a first cd with works of L. v. Beethoven and F. Lopes-Graça.