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Carlos Damas

  • Violinist

Biography


During these last few years, he has been grounding a brilliant international career. The Strad magazine describes Carlos Damas art with the following words: “…Portuguese virtuoso Carlos Damas is closer to the modern sensibilities and sound world of Thomas Zehetmair and Gidon Kremer…Damas with lightning technical reflexes and tonal flexibility…possesses a Szeryng-like finesse.” 

At the age of 3 years old he attended the Conservatory of this same city and made his first contacts with the world of sounds.

At the age of 6 years old he moved to Lisbon and starts his violin studies with professors Vasco Brôco, Alexandra Mendes and Leonor Prado (student of Carl Flesch).

He played as soloist for the first time at the age of 15 with National Radio Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Silva Pereira. 

In 1989 Carlos Damas represents his country in the International Music Camp. The American String Teachers Association awarded Carlos Damas for “ Excellence in Performance and Leadership"

In 1990 establish residence in Paris where he attends the conservatory. Works with the great pedagogue Mrs. Jacqueline Lefévre and with master Ivry Gittlis. In 1992 he is concertmaster of the International Orchestra of the "Cité Internationale de Paris”. During this years he work under orientation of Sir Yehudi Menhuin

Carlos Damas made the premiére, in Paris, of the violin Concerto by the Portuguese composer Luis de Freitas Branco. 

In 1997, he was granted the privilege of being the only western musician invited to play at the Fifth Arts Festival of the People's Republic of China. 

Mr. Damas was invited by UNESCO (Melody Dialogue Association), to play as a soloist in several multicultural concerts, representing Portugal. 

Composer Sérgio Azevedo dedicated him one of his sonatas for solo, as well the piece for violin and orchestra "Reflections on a Portuguese Lullaby". 

Was assistant concertmaster of Macau Chamber Orchestra, 

Carlos Damas album, "Modern Solo Violin Music", released by Dux Recordings, was acclaimed by specialized worldwide critics and was awarded as best record by ARTEtv. His Fritz Kreisler album, was considered by TheStrad magazine as one of the best Kreisler cd's available on the market

At the moment Mr. Damas records on exclusivity for Naxos and Brilliant Classics

Among many other orchestras, Carlos Damas played as soloist with the Portuguese Symphony Radio Orchestra, Jeune Philarmonie du Val de Marne, Camerata de St. Severin, Orchestre Internationale de la Cité, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Macau Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of Madeira, Prague Philarmonic Orchestra, St. Luke's Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra. .

Performed as soloist in several famous concert halls as Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot (Paris), Unesco Main Concert Hall, Calouste de Gulbenkian Foundation, Lee Hysan Concert Hall of Hong-Kong, Ville Louvigy Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg. 

Participated in Music Destivals as the Mozart Salzburg Festival, Semmering Festival, Macau International Music festival, Macau Arts Festival, Coimbra Music Festival, among many others.

Mr. Damas played in the most representative Festivals and concert venues of Europe, Asia and América.