The Concordis Guitar Quartet was founded in 2005, and is currently formed by Eudoro Grade, Rui Gama, Jorge Pires and Pedro Rufino. The partnership between these musicians with their personalities and distinct influences, creates the motto for a mystic beautiful sonority enhanced by the togetherness of the guitars.
Stylistically speaking, this quartet spotlights Portuguese music, some exclusively arranged for Concordis Guitar Quartet. An example of this it the singular arrangements of songs by Carlos Paredes and Zeca Afonso, by the composer Pedro Louzeiro, which are presented on the first CD – “Gatherings”. Naturally, besides this unique choice of program, the Concordis Guitar Quartet also includes the general repertoire for this ensemble, playing some of the most well-known composers.
Concordis Guitar Quartet has been playing extensively throughout Portugal and abroad, in multiple events such as: “Festival Guitares en Picardie” and “Festival de Guitare de Vendome” (France); Festival “Onde Sonore” e “Ossola Guitar Festival”, “La Chitarra – Festival Internazionale Dell’Adriatico” (Italy); Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Palencia”, “Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Ronda” (Spain), “London International Guitar Festival” (United Kingdom); “Festival MED” (Loulé), Centro de Cultura Contemporânea de Castelo Branco, Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Faro, Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Lagoa, Festival Internacional de Música da Primavera de Viseu (Portugal); Fundação Oriente (Macau – China) and Hong Kong International Guitar Festival (China).
The Bomtempo Orchestra began its activity in the season of 2017/2018. Domingos Bomtempo (1775-1842), besides being a composer and pianist, was a great promoter in creation of new institutions in Portugal, such as “Sociedade Filarmónica de Concertos” and “Conservatório Nacional”. The project Bomtempo Orchestra was created to honor one of the most importante figures in the history of music in Portugal and also to associate this project, promoted by “Conservatório de Música e Artes do Centro”, to the dissemination of portuguese orchestral music and the renewing spirit of this composer. Has performed in Ourém, Batalha, Fátima, Pombal and participated in differents Festivals: “Festival de Música do Centro”, in a concert with the soloist guitarist João Robim; “In Spiritum – Festival de Música do Porto” and “Festival de Órgão de Santarém” with the soloists organists André Ferreira and João Vaz. In absolute debut presented the Pastoral Work of the Nativity by the composer Sérgio Azevedo. Also performed in the concerts cycle “Liberdade para dirigir”, in differents places of Lisbon, an initiative promoted by EGEAC. Maestro Cesário Costa is the artistic direction and Principal Conductor of the Bomtempo Orchestra.