Guimarães String Quartet
The GSQ was founded in 2016 and is the quartet in residence in Guimarães, Portugal. Their members, all of which lead exciting individual careers found in this project a way to develop high quality chamber music making in the beautiful historical town of Guimarães. They lead their own quartet series, which includes a series of yearly residencies, Guimaraes Clássico festival as well as a growing number of high-profile concerts abroad.
Highlights from the quartet history include concerts at the Macau International Music Festival, concerts in Kaiserslautern in Germany and various tours in Poland including concerts in Wroclaw National forum of Music and Czestochowa Philharmonic hall among others. The GSQ has also appeared at various festivals including Tricastin Festival in France, Gaia International Music Festival, “Guimaraes Allegro” Festival and Baltic Neopolis Festival.
The quartet is supported by the town of Guimaraes and was awarded a Dgartes internationalisation grant in 2020.
Emanuel Salvador – Violino I
Described by the Strad Magazine as “one of the finest Portuguese violinist of his generation”, Emanuel Salvador has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader in four continents. After studies in his native Portugal, he moved to London where he graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music. His multi-faceted career led to regular solo appearances with many orchestras, festival appearances, critically acclaimed CD recordings and teaching at masterclasses worldwide. He was the concertmaster of Orquestra do Norte in Portugal from 2005 to 2014. Since 2015 he is the concertmaster of Baltic Neopolis Orchestra. As a guest concertmaster he works regularly with the Spanish National Orchestra and Seoul Classical Players.
Ana Madalena Ribeiro – Violino II
Ana Madalena Ribeiro started her musical studies with Paulo Matos, Macau Filipe and Sergey Arutyunyan. Ana attended masterclasses with such prestigious professors as Anatoli Shwarzburg, Richard Gwilt, Daniel Rowland, Gerardo Ribeiro, Igor Lara, Ulla Maija Hallantie, Roberto Muttoni and Felix Andrievsky. In chamber music, she also had the opportunity to work with António Saiote, Devy Erlih and Tatjana Masurenko. She graduated from (Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo – Porto) with Zofia and Ryszard Wóycicki with maximum classification. She won several prizes: 2nd Prize „Prémio Jovens Músicos – RDP” (Chamber Music – Superior Level), 1st Prize „Paços' Premium”, 2nd Prize „Prémio José Augusto Alegria”, „Prémio Helena Sá e Costa 2013” and 1st Prize „Prémio Jovens Músicos – RDP” (Violin- Superior Level).
As orchestra player she was Assistant and 2nd Concertmaster at the Porto Symphony Orchestra – Casa da Música. Ana was soloist with Gulbenkian Orchestra and Orchestra Sinfonieta – ESMAE. In May 2014 she made the national debut of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra „Antiparathesis” by Dimitri Andrikopoulos. Currently she is the Principal Second Violin of the Porto Symphony Orchestra – Casa da Música.
Emilia Goch – Viola
In 2005 Emilia graduated with honours from the Ignacy Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where she studied at the viola class under Dominik Rutkowski. She collaborated as both soloist and member of chamber orchestras with renowned artists such as: Vasko Vassilev, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Bartosz Bryła, Kevin Kenner, Roman Jabłoński, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz. In 2013 she led the viola section of Chamber Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in their tour of South Korea. In November 2014 Emilia toured with The Covent Garden Soloists in their Southeast Asia tour playing in Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam and in 2016 returned to the same tour with her own orchestra, Baltic Neopolis Orchestra. Since 2012, Emilia is a professor at the Szczecin Music Academy.
Filipe Quaresma – Violoncelo
Filipe Quaresma (1980), is „… one of the most interesting Portuguese musicians of today” (Jornal Público) and has a „…. precise and superbly articulated way of playing, full of passion and quite contemplative …” (The Strad Magazine).
Conciliate his intense solo career and chamber music with the activity of cello teacher at ESMAE – IPP, the place of first cello in the Baroque Orchestra Casa da Música (CdM) and Darcos Ensemble, the Remix Ensemble CdM, the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble and the Orchester Révolutionnaire et Romantique with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
He has performed in very important venues such as Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Foundation, CCB, New York Carnegie Hall, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Zürich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, working with the most prestigious Portuguese and foreign musicians.
He studied at EPABI (Covilhã, Portugal) with Rogério Peixinho, at the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK) with David Strange and Mats Lidström, and at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Firenze, Italy) with Natalia Gutman. Throughout his career he has had the honor of working with the most prestigious cellists, either academically or professionally: Eliaz Arizcuren, Márcio Carneiro, Colin Carr, Frans Helmerson, Anssi Karttunen, Paulo Gaio Lima, Maria de Macedo, Zara Nelsova, Luís Sá Person, Jian Wang, among others.
He has won several prizes and scholarships of national and international prestige, including the ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) award in 2010.
His discography is extensive, always with the best critics, highlighting „Sonatas for cello and piano” (2017) with pianist António Rosado and the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Luís Tinoco (ODRADEK 2018), recorded live on his debut at CCB in 2017.
Filipe Quaresma plays with a violoncello by Christian Bayon and a baroque cello by António Capela.