Panel of Judges 2022


1. The panel of judges shall comprise 3 members and chaired by AMPB teacher of instrument in the Competition.

2. For the attribution of the Excellence and Orchestra Prize, the jury will be constituted by the Educational Direction of AMPB (Teachers Alexandra Trindade and Salomé Fonseca), a representative of the AMPB Administrative Direction and the Artistic Director or representative of Paços de Brandão International Music Festival (FIMUV).

3. The panel of judges reserves the right to interrupt the performance of each candidate, if said panel deems it appropriate.

4. The panel of judges reserves the right not to award any prize.

5. Decisions by the panel of judges shall be final.

6. In exceptional cases where the candidate is a student of one of the members of the panel of judges, such panel member shall be ruled out of that same candidate’s evaluation.




Aldo Salvetti [Oboe]

Aldo Salvetti has lived in Porto since 1996, when he began his duties as a soloist in oboe in the orchestra of this city, accompanying it in its evolution since the formation “classical” to the current Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. In parallel develops pedagogical activities, especially at the Professional Music School of Espinho, where he has been an oboe teacher since 1997, as well as since 2014 at the Department of Music at the University of Minho, in Braga. In his hometown of Venice, at the age of 20, he began the professional study of the oboe, under the impulse of Giorgio Trentin, former soloist of the La Fenice Theater Orchestra.
He then moved to Milan, where he continued his studies with Giacomo Calderoni, English horn soloist at Teatro alla Scala and professor at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi”, having obtained the final Diploma with high classification. Perfected in Basel and Zurich with international soloists Emmanuel Abbhül and Thomas Indermühle, and obtained in 1989 the Diploma of Concert Artist of the Conservatory of Schaffhausen. His professional career began in Rome in the 1987 season of the Orchestra National Academy of Santa Cecília, where he played under the baton of conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gunther Herbig and George Pretre, among others.
He then developed stable collaborations as the first oboe in the Symphonisches Orchester Zürich, in the Sicilian Symphonic Orchestra and in the Vogtland Philharmonie. He performed the main concertos for oboe and orchestra: Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Richard Strauss, Vaughan Williams, etc. In Portugal, he continued to develop an intense activity in chamber music, in addition to collaborating with contemporary music groups, such as OrchestrUtopica and the Remix Ensemble.




Jean Michel Garetti [Oboe]

He began his professional career in 1989, at the age of 17, as an English solo horn of the Orchestra of the Opera of Saint-Etienne where he stayed until 1996. In 1991, he joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the classes of David Walter, Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Tys and Michel Moragues where he obtained in 1994 a first prize in oboe and chamber music.
Since 1996 he has held the place of principal oboe at the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, teacher at the Academia Superior de Orquestra (1996/2003) and of solo english horn at the Porto Casa da Música Orchestra (2003/2015).
Since 2007, he has been professor of oboe at the University of Aveiro.
Over thirty years of orchestral career he had the opportunity to work under the direction of renowned conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Pascal Rophé, Valery Petrenko, Andris Nelson, Tibor Varga and Gustavo Dudamel. Since his arrival in Portugal in 1996, he has given more than 150 chamber music concerts and played solo several times.
His great interpretive flexibility led him to collaborate with artists of different styles, namely Saiki Yumi and Mochizuki Misato (Contemporary Music), J. C Petit (Music from films by Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette, Manon des sources), Antonio Vitorino de Almeida (Chamber Music), Bernardo Sassetti (Unreal: Sidewalk), singer Miguel Araujo (Chronicles of the Big City and Live Big City at the Coliseu do Porto) and also, as an actor-musician, in the film directed by Coline Serreau “la Belle Verte”.
He is also the founder and director of the




Aires Pinheiro [Guitar]

Aires Pinheiro began his musical studies at the Vasco da Gama Music School in Fornelo.
At fourteen dedicated to the guitar as a self-taught student, taking classes in solfeggio and music theory with Carlos Costa.
Concluded the Complementary Guitar Course at the Academia de Música S. Pio X in Vila do Conde under the guidance of Mário Adélio Amorim, whit a Scholarship of Dr. Elias de Aguiar Foundation.
Won 1st Prize in the Guitar Competition – Legato 99.
Graduated from ESMAE under the guidance of José Pina and obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Aveiro, under the guidance of Paulo Vaz de Carvalho.
Attended Masterclasses with Artur Caldeira, Paulo Vaz de Carvalho, José Pina, Ken Murray, Julius Kurauskas, Gunnar Spjüth, Benjamin Verdery, Franz Haslaz, Josef Zsapka, Betho Davezac, Margarita Escarpa, Alberto Ponce and Leo Brouwer.
Currently is guitar teacher at the Bomfim Conservatory in Braga and at the Vila do Conde Music Conservatory, where he works as Pedagogical Director.
Certified Trainer by the Scientific-Pedagogical Council for Ongoing Training, for the areas of Music Education and Specific Music Didactics.
He attends the Doctorate in Music at the Aveiro University.




Dejan Ivanovich [Guitar]

Croatian guitarist Dejan Ivanović was born in Tuzla (BiH) in 1976. He studied with P. Stanković, V. Ivanović and D. Petrinjak. He was orientated by Ch. Bochmann during the Doctorate Study at the Évora University (2011/14). In 1998 he was honored as an Artist in Residence at the prestigious Spoleto Music Festival (Italy), personally invited by maestro G.C. Menotti. Dejan is the 1st prize winner of the following Guitar Competitions: Doña Infanta Cristina (Spain), Sinaia (Romania), Andrés Segovia, Francisco Tárrega (Spain) and Arhanes (Greece). He was also a laureate at the competitions in Rome (Italy), Sernancelhe (Portugal) and Charleroi (Belgium).
He collaborates regularly with orchestras in Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Serbia and Portugal. In 2017, he participated as a soloist at the portuguese national premiére of Concierto Mudejar by A. Garcia Abril. His recitals on five continents have received a strong acceptance by both the general public and the musical critics. His solo discography is made of CD Recital (NAXOS, 2002), Mediterraneo (2001) and Dedicatórias Vol I: Música Contemporânea Portuguesa para Guitarra (2018).
In 2013, he recorded the piece Em Memória da Madrugada by M. Pikoul with Orquestra Clássica do Centro, conducted by D. W. Lloyd. Since 2004, Dejan is the member of Guitar Duo Kontaxakis-Ivanovich. Their first CD was launched by KSG EXAUDIO record label (Germany, 2010). In 2005 he founded the International Festival Guitarmania in Lison (Portugal). He is the guitar professor at the Évora University Music Departament since 2007. He successfully defended his Doctorate thesis in Music Interpretation in March 2015.




Fausto Neves [Piano]

To João de Freitas Branco, Fausto Neves “is a very serious performer, with a refined interiority, with a sense of style”. Assistant professor in University of Aveiro, researcher in INET-md. Disciple of Helena Costa, Robert Weisz (Laval Univ./Québec), Harry Datyner (Genève Cons.) he has been still advised by Sequeira Costa, Moura Castro, Josef Palenicek, Jörg Demus, Tânia Achot.
Piano soloist during more than five decades in the most important national stages, in Europe and in North and South America, he made his debut with orchestra at fourteen with Silva Pereira, followed by Arpad Geresz, Gunther Arglene, Marc Tardue, Philippo Zigante, Álvaro Salazar, Cesário Costa, Rui Pinheiro, Pearce de Azevedo, Pedro Neves among many others. Chamber music partnerships with Pedro Burmester, Oliveira Lopes, Gerardo Ribeiro, Paulo Gaio Lima, Álvaro T. Lopes, Gisela Neves and many others.
He is often invited for masterclasses and jury of piano competitions. Having taugh in several music schools in Switzerland and Portugal, Fausto Neves has formed several reputed pianists and teachers. Promoter and first director of the Educational Service of Casa da Música in Oporto he is director of the Choir “Amigos da Música” in Espinho.




Sofia Lourenço [Piano]

Pianist, born in Porto, received the most laudatory reviews: Diapason d’Or 2016 and Pianiste 2016 with the CD Portuguese Piano Music: Daddi / Viana da Mota, Grand Piano (Naxos Label). She also recorded 4 solo CDs of Portuguese Music (Numérica) and premiered the 9th Sketch (2012) by Duo pour une Pianiste for Disklavier by Jean-Claude Risset, which is dedicated to her. In December 2019, she launched the 2nd edition of Porto Romântico: Mazurkas & Romanzas, with solo piano works by Artur Napoleão, Óscar da Silva, Pedro Blanco, among others.
Student of Helena Sá e Costa since the age of 10, at the Porto Music Conservatoire with Maria da Glória Moreira and Fausto Neves, graduate in Germanic at FLUP-Porto University, studied with Sequeira Costa, Margulis, Alicia de Larrocha, Sebok, Cebro, Sava, Simon, obtaining KunstlerischeAbschlußprüfungKlavier at the Universität der Künste Berlin, (Germany), as a scholarship fellow from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
PhD in Music and Musicology (UÉvora, 2005), currently integrates the line of Historical and Cultural Studies in Music-INET-MD (UNova Lisboa), having had intense activity in the line of Musical Studies (coordination 2009 to 2013) at CITAR (UCP ), where she completed a post-doctorate with a grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia-FCT (2012-2016).
She has been a piano teacher at ESMAE/Polytécnico do Porto since 1991.




Álvaro Cortez [Percussion]

Applauded for his broad musical range and innate ability to “draw out new sounds” (Dacapo Magazine), Álvaro Cortez is a pioneer in the global percussion stage. Described by world-renowned pianist Maria João Pires as “Irreverent, Brilliant, Ambitious”, Álvaro Cortez has collected several awards at global percussion competitions including Prémio Jovens Músicos in Portugal, International Marimba Competition (PAS) in Greece, Concorso Musicale Europeo in Italy, Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium, and Jeju International Music Competition in South Korea.
Álvaro has performed at festivals throughout Europe, Asia and South America including Festival Percursos da Música, Braga Capital Europeia da Juventude (CEJ), Antwerp Music Festival, Lisbon Music Festival, Jeju Percussion Festival, Yamaha Festival, Honda Music Festival, Desingel Music Festival, Klara Festival, Patagonia Percussion Festival and Belgium Music Days. He has worked with conductors including Jacomo Bairos, Garcia Barrios, Nicholas Kok, Christian Lindberg, Edo de Waart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pedro Neves, Jaume Santoja, Kirill Karabits and Vassily Petrenko.
As a solo percussionist he is regularly invited to play with the Antwerp Camerata, Orquestra do Norte, Jeju Philarmonic Orchestra, Braga Gulbenkian Orchestra, Vallés Symphony Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Peru, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellin, and Brussels Philarmonic. Additionally, he will premier two new percussion concertos while in residence with the Antwerp Camerata, and have his debut at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, and at Bozar, Belgium. Outside of performing, Álvaro has been invited to be assistant professor at Aveiro University in Portugal and to join to the Yamaha Artist family. His mentors are Nuno Aroso (Portugal), Ludwig Albert (Belgium), Manolo Martinez and Jaume Santoja (Spain) and Jean Geoffroy (France).




Marianna Bednarska [Percussion]

Marianna Bednarska is a young polish percussionist. She runs an active concert activity, not only as a soloist but also as a chamber music performer, orchestra musician and percussion teacher. She is regularly invited to international music festivals and cooperates with recognized personalities of the musical world. She is a laureate of the International Geneva Competition 2019, winner of the “Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes 2019” and a winner of 24 first prizes in international percussion and marimba competitions, among others in Chicago (USA 2016), Bamberg (Germany 2016), Paris (France 2009), Fermo (Italy 2008) or Plovdiv (Bulgaria 2007).
She is also a finalist of the Polish Eurovision Competition 2009. She performed in Europe, USA and China and made her debut as a soloist at international music festivals, such as the Lucerne Festival 2019 or the Davos Festival 2021 and with orchestras such as Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, International Chamber Orchestra of Washington, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra or Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. In 2014, as the first percussionist in the history, Marianna Bednarska recorded a complete set of all Anders Koppel’s marimba concerts in the debut album‚ Marimba Concertos’ (DACAPO 2014).
She was awarded with artistic scholarships in Poland, Switzerland and Germany, and received in 2013 the Polish-Danish Friendship Award for her exceptional artistic activity between these countries. She began her artistic path at Karol Szymanowski Music School in Warsaw with the piano, which was soon replaced by classical percussion instruments. After the graduation she completed her bachelor degree at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and the master degree together with postgraduate studies at the University of Music in Geneva. Marianna Bednarska is a Yamaha Artist and a Kolberg Mallet Artist.