Press release; December concerts

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION      DECEMBER 2019 CONCERTS             02.11.2019

Antoine de Grolée

Antoine de Grolée, the French piano virtuoso, will give the final Amigos’ concerts of 2019 at Os Agostos.  On Tuesday December 10 Antoine will play music by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.  On Thursday December 12 Antoine will play pieces by Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and Debussy.

Antoine was born in Picardy in Northern France in 1984.  His interest in music was aroused by his musically-minded grandmother and he started playing the piano at the age of 6. His musical career began at the National School of Music in Saint-Quentin with Polish pianist Irene Kutin. He graduated with the highest honors from the National Conservatory in Lyon.  His piano technique was refined at the Piano Academy of Imola.

In 2018 Antoine was a finalist at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He had previously won the Long-Thiabud Competition in 2007 and the Teresa Llacuna Competition in 2005. He has also won the ProMusicis prize for Chamber music. 

He is regularly invited to French festivals including the Les Arcs, Classique au Vert and Le Festival de Menton.  He has played in the Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Salle Molière in Lyon, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Philharmonia in Vilnius, Teatro Marcello in Rome, Mozart Festival in Johannesburg and the Prince of Asturias of Spain as well as in Russia, Austria and Argentina.

As a soloist Antoine has played with National Bulgarian Orchestra, the “Nouvelle Europe” Chamber Orchestra, the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra and the National French Orchestra in Salle-Pleyel.  He is a lover of chamber music and he has played with several quartets including Joachim, Girard and Akilone. He also likes to accompany singers and has given recitals with well-known sopranos including Anaïs Constans and Shigeko Hata.  Antoine has given concerts on Medici.tv and French radio and has recorded 2 CDs on the Klarthe label. Since 2014 Antoine has been the Artistic Director of the Festival “Les Moments musicaux du Tarn”.

For more information about the AMIGOS DE MÚSICA and concert programs please see: www.amigos-de-musica.org For concert bookings please send an e-mail to reservasconcertos@gmail.com For Membership enquires please contact  helga.hampton@btinternet.com

Amigos de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7.00pm sharp.  Doors open at 6.00pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. There will also be a short interval with refreshments served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.

The AMIGOS DE MÚSICA is an international group of around 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organization and celebrated its twenty-eighth anniversary last year. 

Os Agostos is an impressive XVlll century country estate located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira. For navigation instructions go to: http://www.osagostos.com and then to “HOW TO GET THERE”.