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Miguel Sobrinho - Viola


Miguel was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1998. He started to play the viola at the age of 6. In Lisbon he studied with Paul Wakabayashi, Jorge Lé and Ricardo Mateus. At the age of 17, he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) where he was awarded a scholarship. In London, he was taught by Martin Outram and he is now studying with Hélène Clément.

Miguel has been a member of many different youth orchestras such as European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) since 2017, XXI Orchestra since 2017, Estágio Gulbenkian para Orquestra (EGO) course organised by Gulbenkian from 2015 to 2016 and Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa (JOP) (Young Portuguese National Orchestra) since 2014 to 2016. He also played in Orchestra Gulbenkian as an extra player and went to Japan in a tour with the Academy Symphony Orchestra in June 2018. Miguel has been given the opportunity to play with many conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Trevor Pinnock, Vasily Petrenko, Oliver Knussen, Gergely Madaras, Kerem Hasan, Dinis Sousa, Pedro Carneiro, Joana Carneiro and Jean-Sébastian Béreau.

Miguel is also very keen to play chamber music. He received 3rd prize ex-aequo in the internacional competition “Cidade de Alcobaça” and 1st prize in the Conservatório Nacional competition in 2015. Now, he is member of a trio with viola, clarinet and piano, and the Cordis string Quartet, both London based. With these groups he played in Colston Hall, St. Mary and Perivale and Halesworth and has been coached by Doric quartet, Levon Chiligirian, Ian Brown, Mark van Wiel, David Smith, and Anna Tomasik. In July 2018 he performed in two string quartet concerts with the Internava Project in Iran.

Miguel has played solo many times with his former school orchestra, and he played 1st movement of Hoffmeister concerto with Camerata Atlântica. Next season, he is having solo engagements with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Lisbon Opera Orchestra) and the Orquestra Clássica do Centro (Classic Orchestra of the Center). In 2016 he was also given the opportunity to record Enesco Concertpiece live for the Portuguese National Radio.

Miguel was awarded seven 1st prizes in several national viola competitions including “Vasco Barbosa” superior level in 2018. At RAM, he was awarded the 1st prize in the prestigious “Theodore Holland Viola Prize” in 2017 and the “James Wright award” for general achievement throughout the year 2017/2018. Miguel has been attending inspiring masterclasses such as Prussia Cove and Aurora Music Festival both in 2018 playing to the following violists: Nobuko Imai, Thomas Riebl, Sasha Zemtsov, Hartmut Rodhe, Helen Callus, Máté Szücs, Ettore Causa, Dimitri Murrath, Igor Sulyga, Diemut Poppen, Tatjana Masurenko and Jano Lisboa.

submission August 2018