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Jorge Alves

Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE)
Viola professor and head of chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo – Porto, Jorge Alves is also the violist of the Matosinhos String Quartet With this group, he performs regularly in Portugal and abroad, collaborating with some of the most prominent musicians, and has been involved in the premiere and recording of several contemporary pieces. Matosinhos String Quartet was nominated ‘Rinsing Stars’ from the prestigious European Concert Hall Organization. In December 2014 the quartet did start an important european tour and perform during one year at the most famous European concert halls such as BOZAR Brussels, Barbican Centre London, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Stockholms Konserthus or Palau de la Música Barcelona.

Jorge Alves has an extensive performance experience, having appeared throughout Spain, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Brazil and China, as a soloist, as well as with chamber ensembles and orchestras. He was awarded the first prize in viola (1996) and chamber music (1991) at the Radio National Competition PJM-RTP (Portugal), Santa Cecilia International Music Festival (Italy, 1996) and the Alcobaça International Chamber Music Competition (Portugal, 2009). After his graduation in Portugal, he was awarded a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation that allowed him to study during four years with Tibor Varga (Sion, Switzerland) and Bruno Giuranna (Cremona, Italy).

Jorge Alves is the founder and President of the Portuguese Viola Association (APVdA), and he was the Host the 42º International Viola Congress that took place at Porto from the 26th to the 30th November 2014. He is also the founder President of the Portuguese Branch of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA).

Jorge Alves loves to teach, and he regularly does viola and chamber music master classes all over Portugal but also in he Lemmens Institute, Leuven; Maastricht Conservatory, Malta Summer Festival, Conservatório de Cosenza, Campus delle Arti, Bassano Del Grappa and Santa Maria University, Brasil. Antwerp Conservatory, Petrozavodsk State Conservatory.