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Ricardo Cerqueira (guitar teacher and coordinator)

Guitarist and teacher at the Conservatório de Música do Porto.

Born in Braga, he began his musical studies at the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian, having guitar lessons with Carlos Meireles.

Under the guidance of José Pina – ESMAE, Porto – he was awarded the Engenheiro António de Almeida Foundation Prize for completing his guitar degree with the highest classification.

He studied with Ricardo Gallén at the Escuela Luthier d'Arts Musicals in Barcelona and at the "I Masters in Guitar and Musical Interpretation" in Cáceres.

He performs regularly, solo or integrated in several chamber and orchestral groups, having played in Portugal, Spain and France, namely being conducted by Leo Brouwer, Piero Bellugi or Charles Roussin, in duo with the soprano Maria João Matos, in duos with the guitarists Vincent Maurice, Vítor Gandarela and Mário Carreira or as concertmaster of the Orquestra de Cordas Dedilhadas do Minho.

Tiago Cassola (guitar teacher)

From Aveiro (Portugal, b. 1978), he soon became interested in music, studying classical guitar in his hometown conservatory with Carlos Abreu and Miguel Lélis, and in Lisbon with Paulo Amorim and Dejan Ivanovic. He completed his music degree in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca (Spain), under the guidance of Mr. Hugo Geller. With the Erasmus program, he also attended the Perugia Conservatory in Italy, with Maestro Leonardo de Angelis. He then obtained a master degree in music pedagogy at the University of Aveiro.

He teaches guitar and guitar ensembles at the Conservatório de Música do Porto since 2010. He has a considerable concert career as well, both as a soloist and chamber music player. He intensively toured with the Baltar Cassola Guitar Duo in Portugal, France, Italy and Spain. He is also a member of the Portuguese Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra (OPGB) since 2017.

Mário Carreira (guitar teacher)

Guitarist Mário Carreira is a performer and teacher. His special areas of interest include 19th century guitar music, the terz-guitar and spanish music from Tárrega to Manuel de Falla, all on period instruments. 

He studied at the National Conservatoire of Lisbon and at the University of Évora with Manuel Morais (a student of Emilio Pujol) and in Caen/France, with Louis Marie Feuillet, also with Santiago Kastner, Hopkinson Smith, Cristina Pluhar, Enrico Onofri, Jakob Lindberg, Brian Jeffery, Thomas Heck, Erik Stenstadvold, Alberto Ponce and chamber music with Anner Bylsma (L’Archibudelli). 

He published several articles on the italian guitar magazines il fronimo and GuitArt and Tecla Editions (London). 

In 2013 he was honoured by the city of Bisceglie, Italy and he did many concerts in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy and New-Zealand. 

He is a guitar teacher at the Conservatório de Música do Porto since 1987.

Portugal CVs: Vita da studente
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