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      20 The Portugal News •  16 Feb 2019

      Classical Music Concert                                                                           Lagoa author launches new

        There will be a Classical  Varoujan  Bartikian  and recorded for RTP – Antena  twentieth century, according to  book
      Music Concert at Covas da  (cello) was born in Armenia and  2. In 1991, he formed the  the author’s perspective.  In
      Prata (near Tavira) on Sunday  began his studies at the  Bartikian Trio, with pianist  1984 he was 2nd in the Na-  A new book by
      24 February at 4pm.  The  Tchaikovsky Special Music  Michel Gal and clarinettist  tional Violin Competition of  Dr. Ron B.
      Capela String Trio with Alex  School under the guidance of  Esther Gerogie. In 2013, he  China. As a soloist, recitalist  Thomson, of the
      Stewart (violin), Varoujan  Alexander Tchauchian, and  founded Trio Aeternus with  and chamber musician, he  Pontifical Institute
      Bartikian (cello) and Chao Bin  from 1978 to 1983, he attended  violinist Alexander Stewart and  performed throughout Europe  of Mediaeval Stud-
      (violin and viola) will be playing  the Komitas Conservatory of  pianist Lucjan Luc. He has  and North America. He moved  ies in Toronto, and
      music by Stamitz, Telemann  Music in Yerevan. In 1977, he  recorded several works by  to Lisbon in 1991, having  resident of Lagoa,
      and Haydn.               won the Transcaucasian Cello  António Victorino d’Almeida for  participated in major music  is being published
        Tickets are €25 and bookings  Competition in Tbilisi, and in  the Numérica label. Varoujan is  festivals in Portugal, as well as  this month by
      can be made by contacting:  1981 he participated in the  first Cello in the Gulbenkian  the Aspen Festival and the  Bertrand Publish-  Tbilisi Soviet Republic Compe-  Orchestra in Lisbon and  Schumann Festival in New  ers. Miguelistas e
        (Directions to the venue  tition, winning 3rd Prize and a  teaches cello and chamber  York.  In 2001 he was a guest  Liberais is the
      (Quintinha da Música) will be  special prize for his perform-  music at the Piaget Institute.  At  soloist at the prestigious An-  Portuguese transla-
      sent on booking.         ance of the 24 Preludes by the  the Museum of Music in Lisbon  nual English Handbell Festival  tion of Thomson’s
        Alexander  Stewart     Georgian composer Sulkan  in May, 2018, together with  in New York. Between 1999  The Concession of
      (violin) London born Alexander  Tsintsadze. After graduating in  pianist Lucjan Luc, Varoujan  and 2001, he taught violin in  Évora Monte which
      Stewart began violin studies at  1983, he continued his educa-  performed on the Museum´s  New York, part of the Midori  appeared in 2014.
      the age of six with his father. A  tion, obtaining a Master’s  1725 Stradivarius cello.  Foundation’s initiative to bring  Subtitled “The
                                                         Bin Chao
                                                         Bin Chao
                                                         Bin Chao
      Music Scholar at King’s  Degree in Cello and in Music  Bin Chao (violin and viola)  music to public schools. He  Failure of Liberalism
                                                         Bin Chao
      School, Canterbury, Alex later  Sciences, in the areas of  Bin Chao was born into a family  taught at the University of  in Nineteenth-
      graduated from the Guildhall  Theory of Interpretation and  of musicians and began playing  Évora and since 2007 has  Century Portugal,”
      School of Music as a violin  Teaching Methodology. In  the violin at the age of six. He  taught violin, viola and cham-  Thomson focuses
      performer and teacher and  1982, Varoujan was a founding  studied at the Central Con-  ber music at the Piaget Insti-  on the political
      studied at the Szymanowsky  member of the Yerevan String  servatory of Music in Beijing,  tute. Since 2010, he has col-  history of Portugal
      Music Academy in Katowice  Quartet, which won the 1983  where he graduated with dis-  laborated with the Conserva-  from the Peninsula
      on a Polish scholarship. He  Borodin Competition. In 1988,  tinction, and completed a  tory of Music at the University  War to the end of
      has performed in England,  he began to teach cello at the  Masters in Music at the  of Lawrence in Appleton,  the reign of Maria II
      France, Spain, Portugal, and  Komitas Conservatory, a posi-  Mannes College of Music in  Wisconsin, USA. Bin Chao  (approximately
      Turkey and has recorded both  tion he held until he moved to  New York, where he studied  plays a violin by Carlo Giuseppe  1807-1853).
      for radio and television.  Portugal in 1989, when he  with the violinist David Nadien.  Testore in 1715, and also has  This is a period when the  throne on behalf of his daugh-
      Alexander made his debut in  joined the Gulbenkian Orches-  The violinist and music critic  instruments by the luthiers  monarch, whether an absolute  ter, Dona Maria II. The book
      Lisbon in 1987, and was later  tra, with which he has also  Henry Roth praised Bin Chao’s  Antonio Capela and Judith  monarch or one governed by a  also outlines the turbulent
      soloist in a cycle of Bach’s  played as a soloist. He has  musicality and sound tech-  Bauer, among others. Since  constitution, was the key figure  period of Dona Maria’s reign,
      Brandenburg Concerti in  played with the Armenian  nique in his book Great Violin-  2014, he has been a violin  in the governance of Portugal. At  until a form of power sharing
      Lisbon; and performed the  Philharmonic Orchestra under  ists, a book that analyzes the  teacher at the Superior School  the time supporters of liberalism  reappeared in the last half of
      Bach Double Violin Concerto  the direction of John Nelson,  100 greatest violinists of the  of Music in Lisbon.  tried to impose their ideas on this  the century.
      with Nicholas                                                                                     country, either through revolu-  Thomson argues that de-
      Chumachenko.                                                                                      tions or a series of new constitu-  spite the general view of the
      Alex promotes                                                                                     tions, but their temporary suc-  success of liberalism, it in fact
      contemporary                                                                                      cesses were undermined by the  failed to establish itself outside
      Portuguese music                                                                                  factionalism of the liberals and by  of the larger urban centres, and
      such as Pedro                                                                                     the fact that the rural countryside  he attempts to show that this
      Teixeira da Silva i                                                                               containing the vast majority of  occurred because of the fun-
      s Concerto for two                                                                                the population was not inter-  damental nature of Portuguese
      violins and Rui                                                                                   ested in these new ideas which  society and economy.
      Coelho´s violin                                                                                   offered them no advantage but  There will be a presentation
      and piano sona-                                                                                   in fact threatened to undermine  of the book at the Biblioteca
      tas. Currently a                                                                                  their daily subsistence.  Municipal de Lagoa, on
      leader of the                                                                                       Miguelistas e Liberais docu-  Wednesday 27 February at
      Orquestra                                                                                         ments the Revolution of 1820,  6pm. The event will be in both
      Sinfónica                                                                                         the three constitutions of 1822,  English and Portuguese, and
      Portuguesa, he is                                                                                 1826 and 1838, the usurpation  copies of both the English
      first violin and                                                                                  of the throne by Dom Miguel  edition and the new Portu-
      founding member                                                                                   and the War of the Two Broth-  guese edition will be offered for
      of both Lacerda                                                                                   ers in which Dom Pedro suc-  sale. The general public is
      String Quartet                                                                                    ceeded in recapturing the  invited to attend.
      and Trio
      Aeternus.     Bin Chao              Alexander Stewart       Varoujan Bartikian
                    Bin Chao
                    Bin Chao
                                                                  Varoujan Bartikian
                                                                  Varoujan Bartikian
                                          Alexander Stewart
                                          Alexander Stewart
                    Bin Chao  (violin and viola),  Alexander StewartAlexander Stewart (violin) and  Varoujan Bartikian Varoujan Bartikian  (cello)
                    Bin Chao
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