A Survey by Helga Hampton

updated November 2018

Ana Beatriz Ferreira

SPONSORSHIP for Young Portuguese Music Students

Summary by Helga Hampton

Updated November 2018

The Association of Amigos de Musica, formed from the start as a non-profit organisation, was soon fortunate in attracting not only a very full membership – but also a multitude of very generous members, who contributed to the budget with extra donations on a regular basis. The sponsorship of “needy” (a pre-requisite according to the AAMSL Statutes) young Portuguese musicians thus began in 1994 and the Amigos have so far been able to provide support in different ways and according to individual needs to a number of recipients, but mainly towards their aim of continuing and further studies abroad. Besides helping financially, other valuable benefits of our sponsorship are practical advice via our well-connect international artists as well as the offer of first public performances in Portugal.

Our present protégé is Tiago Rosario who is a 19-year old son of Beja. He was interested in music at a very early age. Graduating from the Escola de Musica do Conservatorio Nacional in Lisbon in 2015, he finished his piano studies in Portugal at ESMA – the Musica Academy of Oporto under the guidance of Pedro Burmester– in June 2018 with highest honors. He has worked with renown personalities as Eurico Carrapatoso* and played in recitals at Oporto`s Casa de Musica. Tiago has just been accepted for further studies at the Musik Hochschule in Munster, Germany where under the tutelage of Prof. Heribert Koch – his preferred teacher – he hopes to gain his BA in Music. The Amigos de Musica will contribute towards his expenses there and we shall follow his progress with great interest.

*The latest news re Tiago is that he was invited by Antenna2 to play the Requiem by Eurico Carrapatoso which he premiered. The performance will be aired live on November 15th, 2018. In April 2019 he will be playing it in Brussels, Belgium.

1994: Nelson Martins was our first protégé. The only son of a Quarteira postman, he was recommended to us by the Faro Conservatory, where he stood out as a very promising piano student. The Amigos made it financially possible for him to have extra lessons with the eminent Faro teacher, Dona Sylvina. Over 5 years we were able to follow his progress, when Nelson was invited to give the assembled AAMSL membership a recital following each of their Annual General Meetings.

Sarah Bernadino, was recommended to us in 1997 by Raquel Correia, professor at the Portimao Conservatory as a 15-year old outstanding piano student in need of some financial help. With our sponsorship she worked her way up to graduate in Oporto at the highest level of music studies. She teaches music and piano at secondary schools in the North. She kept in touch and has always been very grateful to the Amigos.

Nuno da Silva Marques I found in 2001 with the help of the Director of London’s Guildhall School of Music, whom I had asked for an appropriate candidate for our sponsorship, i.e. a deserving, needy, Portuguese (!) music student. In the meantime Nuno has gone from success to success and I shall excerpt here from his updated website:

Award-winning Portuguese pianist Nuno da Silva Marques is currently based in New York City where he is pursuing his doctoral degree at Rutgers University with Prof. Min Kwon.
His previous studies include an Advanced Diploma in piano at NYU- Steinhardt School with Prof. José Ramón Méndez where he was awarded the prestigious Reinhold Scholarship which supported his studies and granted him the opportunity to make his New York concert debut. Nuno graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied with Artur Pizarro and Caroline Palmer. He has also completed his Master’s Degree in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music in London, with Neil Immelman and a second Master’s degree in Instrumental Pedagogy, at the Aveiro University, Portugal. His studies have been sponsored by the European Union (Dfes), NYU- Reinhold Foundation, Fundação Gulbenkian and the AAMSL.

As a soloist Mr. Marques performed with the Artave Orchestra and the Orquestra do Norte (Portugal), and recorded for Antena2 Radio Portugal and Centro Atlântico.
He is committed to chamber music and is a founding member of the Vianna da Motta Piano Trio with whom he recorded a CD for Centro Atlantico. The Vianna da Motta Piano Trio were prizewinners at the Prémio Jovens Músicos competition (Portugal) and were also invited to play for the President and the Prime Minister of Portugal. His most recent concerts took him to countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, England, Germany, Serbia and Switzerland where he performed at renowned music halls and festivals.
In 2015 Nuno embarked on an eight concert tour in China and had his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. Nuno Marques is the founder and artistic director of the annual Porto Pianofest.

Joana Marta Cruz Ballmann became the recipient of our purse in 2007, being recommended by the pianist and professor at Lisbon ESML, Anne Kaasa. Our financial assistance helped her accept a 3-year study at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany. She gave us Amigo recitals at the respective AGMs and proved herself a very talented, serious and more and more accomplished pianist. She is pursuing her piano formation in Brasil and I hope that she will at some point come to our notice again.

Ana Beatriz Ferreira was our protegee from 2011 until 2016. She received our sponsorship purse during those 5 years which was matched by the Foundation “Mundo Crastino Migliore” of Amigos Dorris and Joop Carp.

Let me copy here her website: “ Recently described as “a truly superb interpreter” by the critic Robert Matthew-Walker from The Classical Source, Ana Beatriz Ferreira is one of the most recognised Portuguese pianists of the new generation.

She has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, in London, where she finished both her Bachelor of Music and Master in Performance degrees with high marks. She studied with Ruth Nye MBE, a former pupil of Claudio Arrau, Dina Parakhina, a prestigious Russian pianist and pedagogue, and Gordon Fergus-Thompson, a renowned pianist and professor.

She is currently in her first year of the PhD in Performance programme at Cardiff University on a full scholarship.

She is winner of several prizes and awards, including 1st Prize at Maria Christina Pimentel National Piano Competition, 1st Prize at Lopes-Graça National Piano Competition, four consecutive Merit and Excellence Awards by Eugénio de Almeida Foundation and a Merit award by the Portuguese Ministry of Education for her academic achievements.

In 2015 Ana Beatriz organized and played the international premiere of the Piano Concerto op. 52 by the Portuguese composer Joly Braga Santos, at St James Piccadilly, with the In Tune Orchestra under the direction of Pablo Urbina.

Despite her youth, Ana Beatriz is often invited to play in Portugal and abroad, both solo and with orchestra. Important milestones in her career include performances as soloist: Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto no. 2 (July 2012) and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no.1 (September 2012), both with Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra under the direction of Ernst Schelle, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor, KV 466 with Orquestra de Câmara da Maia, under the direction of Leandro Alves. Her performances have earned rave reviews from the critics. She also collaborates frequently with composers, premiering their works, and with other musicians for chamber projects, playing in duos and trios with instruments such as violin, viola, flute and clarinet. Ana’s chamber highlights include winning the Chamber Music Prize at the Portugal Young Musicians Competition in 2009.

Ana Beatriz began her piano studies at the age of seven, and graduated from the Lisbon National Conservatory of Music in 2009, receiving a Merit Award from the Portuguese Ministry of Education for the highest possible mark.

She has attended several masterclasses with a great array of world-renowned professors, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Vitaly Margulis, Boris Berman, Dmitri Alexeev, Enrico Pace, Ingrid Fliter and Boris Petruchansky.

Recent highlights in her career include a solo recital in London, an invitation by RCM for four lectures also in London, a tour of Canada taking place in the cities of Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, three solo recitals in the Algarve and Vila Viçosa (Casa de Bragança Foundation).Ana Beatriz is now a teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Junior Conservatoire).”

In 2018 she has been touring Portugal with the Philharmonic Orquestra under Osvaldo Ferreira (no relative) playing the Joly Braga Santos PC as well as Beethoven`s third PC.

On December 4th she will be playing the latest PC by Judith Weir in Cardiff.


We wish her and all our protegees over the years, luck for an amazing future and we hope to always stay in touch with them and to following their careers.

Helga Hampton



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