Júlio Guerreiro

Born in Lisbon, he graduated in Guitar in 2001, under the guidance of Piñero Nagy at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa where he also attended the Chamber Music Class of Olga Prats.

From 2002 to 2004, as a scholarship student of the Centro Nacional de Cultura he completed the postgraduate studies in Musical Interpretation at the Escuela Luthier de Artes Musicales, in Barcelona, where he studied with the renowned guitarist Ricardo Gallén.

Has participated in masterclasses with several teachers such as António Jorge Gonçalves, David Russell, Joaquín Clerch and Alberto Ponce.

He frequently plays in chamber groups- such as the duo with the soprano Elsa Cortez, as well as a soloist, having appeared in major internacional festivals such as the International Music Festival of Estoril Coast, International Guitar Festival of Stº Tirso and at the International Guitar Festival of Barcelona on the first concert devoted to the new generation of guitarists.

In 1999 he won the 1st Prize (ex-aequo) at the 1st International Guitar Competition of Sernancelhe (Portugal). In 2000 was awarded the 1st Prize (ex-aequo)and the cultural prize “Carla Minen” at the XXIX Concorso Internazionale” di Chitarra “Fernando Sor”, Rome. In 2005 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the I Encuentro de Guitarras “Norba Caesarina” in Cáceres, Spain.

He participated in several recitals commented by the composer and director António Vitorino d’Almeida, highlighting a concert entirely devoted to his chamber music works at the Musikverein of Vienna, Austria and the recording of his works for ensemble for the Numerica label.

As a soloist he performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, Orchestra Filarmonia das Beiras directed by Vasco Pearce de Azevedo and with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Julia Jones. Integrated in Orchestrutópica was directed by Maestro Maestro Odaline de la Martinez and Jean-Sébastien Béreau.

At the invitation of Maestro Alberto Lysy he joined the Group of Soloists of the Camerata Lysy Gstaad having performed concerts at the Azorean Festival MúsicAntlântica, XXX International Festival of Music of the Estoril Coast and at the International Menuhin Academy for Young Soloists in Blonay, Switzerland.

Remix Ensemble Casa da Música’s guest guitarist since 2005, has worked directly with composers such as James Dillon and Helmut Lachenmann and was directed by Peter Rundel, Rolf Gupta, Heins Holliger, Peter Eotvos, Baldur Bronnimann and Brad Lubman, among others. He also played with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg under the direction of Valery Gergiev, the Nacional Orchestra of Porto-Casa da Música under the direction of John Storgards and collaborated with the Casa da Música´s Choir directed by Paul Hillier.

His interest in the New Portuguese Music made him commission works from composers such as António Sousa Dias, Ângela da Ponte, Ângela Lopes, Ana Seara, Eli Camargo Jr, Fernando N. Lobo, Patrícia S. de Almeida and Sérgio Azevedo.
In addition to the national territory, he appeared as a soloist or as a member in chamber groups in Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, England and the Netherlands. He recorded for the Antena 2, RTP, RTP Internacional and WDR.

Currently he is guitar teacher at the Escola Artística de Música do Conservatório Nacional, Lisbon.

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Júlio Guerreiro
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