Biography

A soloist with regular recital and concerto appearances, a keen chamber musician and orchestral player, André Gaio Pereira is a Portuguese violinist residing in London.

André was nominated Young Musician of the Year in Portugal in 2017 and consequently performed Shostakovich Violin Concerto in A minor with Gulbenkian Orchestra live for national television and radio. He has also appeared with Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Algarve Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic, Ponta Delgada Sinfonietta and Cascais & Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, and collaborated with conductors such as Christoph Poppen, Jean-Sebastien Béreau, Nuno Coelho and Nikolay Lalov.

The highest graduand at the Royal Academy of Music 2015/16, André obtained 1st in Young Artists Competition in Portugal in 2017 and 2nd prize and Bach Prize at Vasco Barbosa Competition in 2016. He has attended masterclasses with Igor Oistrakh, Maxim Vengerov, Zakhar Bron, Anna Chumachenko and Gyorgy Pauk, and took part in the prestigious Kronberg Masterclasses (2011) and the IMS Prussia Cove (2016).

As a chamber musician André has appeared at the Wigmore Hall and the Cadogan Hall as the 1st violinist of the Tagus Quartet and in collaborations with the Nash Ensemble and the Doric Quartet. He was also invited for festivals such as Harmos, Mendelssohn on Mull, Oxford Lieder Festival, Marvão International Music Festival, Leiria Music Festival and Festa da Música. In 2018 André founded the Tejo Quartet, of which he is the first violin. The group won the Young Artists’ Prize in the chamber music section in 2019 and is now enjoying a busy concert season.

Currently André is pursuing a freelance career after having finished his Masters degree with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music (2018) under the guidance of Levon Chilingirian. One of his most recent projects involves his own arrangements of music for the Portuguese guitar by Carlos Paredes. He gave the first performances of these in the last edition of Setúbal Music Festival and is now working towards the recording of a CD.

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  • When I am not thinking of music I enjoy my time doing things such as writing, memorising and reciting poetry, playing chess, juggling and reading about philosophy, history or any provoking or beautiful book. If the weather is smiling I take my bike out and explore the surroundings!