Panel of Judges


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 Joana Anacleto), a representative of the AMPB Administrative Direction and the Artistic Director or representative of Paços de Brandão International Music Festival.

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.




Aníbal Freire [Accordion]

Aníbal Freire was born in Nazaré in 29th April of 1959.
He started the study of Accordion, revealling skills and talent. That led him to attend classes at Instituto Vitorino Matono (Lisbon), since the age of 7.
Starting by studying with professor Joaquim Raposo, he also had himself classes with professor Vitorino Matono, having achieved successes previously unheard of, in the Portuguese Accordion World.
He attended classes at the Conservatory School of Music and the Gregorian Institute of Lisbon, where he studied Piano, Music History, Acoustics, Composition, Gregorian Singing, Vocal Education, Organ and Musical Formation.
He has participated in numerous shows and concerts, obtaining, however, relevant success in the national and international competitions to which he competed.
Noteworthy is the fact that he was the first Portuguese accordionist to achieve the title of World Champion in the junior category in 1972. He repeated this title and was also the first Portuguese accordionist in the senior category in 1974.
Aníbal Freire is not just a concert performer. Also as a teacher, artistic director, organizer, composer and master has contributed to the dissemination of the Accordion with internationally known events and brings to Portugal the most acclaimed accordionists in the world.
As a teacher, he prepared his students for national and international competitions, standing out as excellent quantities included in the world level, being also in this activity, World Champion. Also as a pedagogue, he has taught Masterclasses in Spain, Italy and Belgium, as well as Portugal.
He is a member of the international jury.




Vitor Monteiro [Accordion]

Vitor Monteiro is from Porto and started his musical studies at the age of 6 at the S.T.C.P. In 2004 he completed the complementary course of Clarinet at the Conservatory of Music of Aveiro and in 2008 the complementary course of Accordion at the Conservatory of Music of Viseu in the classes of the teachers Nelson Aguiar and Abel Moura, respectively. In 2010 he completed his degree in Music, accordion variant, at the University of Aveiro and in 2013 the Master in teaching accordion at the same University. He attended several courses and Masterclasses of musical improvement.
As a musician, he participated in numerous solo concerts, chamber music and prestigious orchestras.
As a teacher, he was invited and a precursor to the opening of the course of Accordion in several Academies and Conservatories of Music of the North of the country. His students have won several awards in national competitions for accordion and entered higher education. He has supervised several Masterclasses of Accordion and has been invited to the jury of the most prestigious National and International Accordion Competition in Alcobaça.
He organizes and promotes several pedagogical activities and since 2016 he has been the producer and artistic responsible for the Porto Accordion Festival. He is the founder and responsible for the “Per fisarmonica” Accordion Orchestra of the Perosinho Music School. He is currently an accordion teacher at the Porto Conservatory of Music, Perosinho School of Music (V. N. Gaia) and at the Amial School of Music and Arts (Porto).




Rui Fernandes [Violin]

Born in Lisbon, Rui Fernandes obtained his Master of Music and Performance Certificate Degrees at the Northwestern University, in Chicago (USA), having been awarded scholarships from the Gulbenkian Foundation, Luso-American Foundation and from the Northwestern University School of Music.
While in Chicago, he studied violin with Mr Gerardo Ribeiro and specialized in Suzuki Pedagogy under the supervision of one of the most distinguished violin pedagogues of the present times, Betty Haag. He was a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association.
Rui Fernandes was awarded in violin competions such as Juventude Musical Portuguesa and Prémio Jovens Músicos. He was also awarded the Audience Prize «Major Blythe Award» at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
For the past 25 years, he is regularly invited to play with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and with other distinguished orchestras, performing all over Europe, Asia, Africa and America, under the baton of such distinguished conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Brüggen, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin, Pierre Boulez, Pinchas Zukerman, Rudolph Barshai, Shlomo Mintz, Sir Georg Solti and Zubin Mehta.
From 2004 to 2009, in representation of the Musicians International Federation, he took part on the Polifonia project that studied various issues related to professional music training at the European level. The network, which was the biggest European project on professional music training to date, involved 55 institutions in the field of music training and the music profession in 26 European countries and 4 countries outside.
From 2004 to 2014, he was a violin and viola teacher at the Lisbon Music Academy, and his students have won the main national and international violin competitions, in Portugal and Spain, having been awarded more than fifty prizes.
Since 2011, is the Director of the Lisbon Music Academy.




Suzanna Lidegran [Violin]

Suzanna Lidegran was born in Ödeshög, Sweden. She started learning the violin at the age of 5 and later on piano and organ. She studied at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen (1986-92).
Suzanna Lidegran came to Portugal in 1989 to play in the newly started “Orquestra do Porto, Régie Cooperativa Sinfonia” during one year and in 1991 in the chamber orchestra “Camerata Musical do Porto”.
She is a member of the string quartet “Lyra” which received guidance from the Borod in quartet and in 2007 recorded the string quartet of Luíz de Freitas Branco, at the Numérica editor, Paços de Brandão.
In 1997 she was invited to the ensemble for contemporary music “Grupo Música Nova”, led by composer Cândido Lima, with which she has bee n given national and world premiéres of various pieces for ensemble and for solo violin.
Suzanna Lidegran was a member of “Sond’Ar te Electric Ensemble”, Lisbon, directed by composer Miguel Azguime, since its beginning in 2007 until 2017. The ensemble has given concerts in several countries in Europe and Asia and has recorded several Cds.
In December 2012, Suzanna Lidegran recorded a solo Cd with pieces by portuguese contemporary composers. In 2003 she formed a duo with the pianist Eduardo Resende.
She was invited to play with the ensembles “Opera da Camera di Venezia” and “L’Offerta Musicale” in conce rts in Italy and in Sweden and d uring the sommer season she gives concerts in Sweden every year, as a violinist, pianist and cembalo player.
She has worked wi th or ch estras in Portugal, such as “Orquestra Clássica do Centro”, Coimbra, and “Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa”.
She taught at the professional artistic school “Artave”, St. Tirso, at the conservatory of music in Viseu, the academy of music in Santa Maria da Feira and at the academy of music “Costa Cabral” in Porto.
Since 1996 Suzanna Lidegran teaches violin at the “Conservatório de Música do Porto and since 2019 at “Pallco”, Performing Arts School & Conservatory in Porto.
Several of her students have won prizes in national and international competitions and several of her students are working as soloists, in orchestras and/or teaching in music schools.
She gave masterclasses in many music schools in the north of Portugal and she is regularly invited as a member of the jury in violin or music competitions.




Paulo Barros [Flute]

Paulo Barros was born in Paços de Brandão in 1974. He began studying the Flute at the age of seven, becoming a fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
He graduated from ESMAE – School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto with top marks, receiving the Engineer António de Almeida Prize – awarded to the student with the top grade average in his degree.
Paulo won 1st prize in both the Portuguese Musical Youth and the Young Musicians Prize.
He attended various masterclasses and refresher courses, while having studied under Aurèle Nicolet, in Oberwil, Switzerland.
Paulo has been a soloist with countless orchestras, in Chamber Music concerts and Music Festivals, while expanding his international activity to countries and territories such as Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Spain, Macau, Colombia, Austria, Brazil and South Africa.
He is often invited to orient Master classes and be a panel member at competitions.
Paulo taught at ESMAE – the School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto, at ESART – Castelo Branco’s School of Applied Arts, and at the Portuguese Catholic University’s School of Arts in Porto. He is currently Professor of Flute at the Espinho’s Vocational Music School.
He has several recordings as a soloist, with orchestra, chamber music as well as an orchestra member (EMI Classics, Koch Schwann, Tradisom, Skarbo, Vintage Records and Numérica).
Paulo is currently the flute section leader in the Porto Symphony Orchestra at Casa da Música.




Stephanie Wagner [Flute]

Stephanie Wagner is the flutist of the Remix Ensemble Casa da Música since 2004. She has performed more than 50 world premiers by portuguese and foreign composers in concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Tonhalle in Zurich. As a soloist she appeard in pieces such as … explosante, fixe … and Mémorial by P. Boulez, Tempi concertati by L. Berio and Abyss de F. Donatoni. During the year 2021 she will play the portuguese premiere of Deadalus by Luca Francesconi in Casa da Música. Also as a soloist, Stephanie participated in the festivals of Salzburg (Austria), of Tanglewood (USA) and in the “Serate Mozartiane” (Italy). In 2013 and 2015 she was invited to be workshop leader and soloist in the projects of the Serviço Educativo da Casa da Música for the World Music Day, which included an orchestra of 100 flutists.
Stephanie Wagner studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. She participated in Masterclasses with K. Zöller, B. Fromanger, Doriot Dwyer and J. C. Gérard among others.
Stephanie has worked in orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Recherche. She recorded for Bayerischer Rundfunk, WGBH in Boston and MODE Records (New York).
From 1999 until 2003 she was also a fellow of the chamber music society “Villa Musica”.
She founded the Academia de Flauta de Verão and the Ensemble Éolia, has taught at ESMAE in Porto, the ESART in Castelo Branco, at the Portuguese Catholic University and at the University of Aveiro and given Masterclasses at the University of Évora, Universidade do Minho, at the Conservatório do Porto amongst others.
In 2015 he was awarded the Título de Especialista with distinction by the jury at ESMAE do Porto.
In 2018 she received teachers qualification for the Progressive Muscule Relaxation by Jacobsen. Since then she has taught group and individual lessons and includes this technique in her instrumental teaching.




Horácio Ferreira [Clarinet]

One of the most prominent clarinetists of the new Portuguese generation and “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization, Horácio Ferreira played in the most renowned concert halls in Europe like Philharmonie in Paris, Concertgebouw, Barbican, Kölner Philharmonie, Musikverein or ElbPhilharmonie.
From an early age he has won several prizes and became the first Portuguese clarinetist to win both juniors and seniors divisions of the “Radio&Television Competition – PJM” where he was also awarded with the prize for the 2014 young musician of the year.
Horácio was also laureated at Concours Debussy in Paris, at the Prague Spring Competition, at Estoril Interpretation Competition in Lisbon and won the “J. Pakalnis” International Clarinet Competition in Vilnius, the “La Salette” Clarinet Competition in Oliveira de Azeméis and also the “Prémio Novos Talentos-Ageas” in Oporto. Horácio was distinguished with the merit medal for the city of Santa Comba Dão and also the revelation prize by the “Anim’Art” Magazine.
Horácio Ferreira’s international career has seen him tour Europe, China, Brazil, the USA, Dubai, Israel and he has appeared as a soloist with, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Porto Symphony Orchestra, Greek State Orchestra, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra XXI, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Wind Orchestra and many others.
As a chamber musician he has played with Novus, Matosinhos and Amaryllis String Quartets, Dávid Bekker (piano), Aurélien Pascal (celo) Raphaela Gromes (celo), Andrej Bielow (violin) Juliane Banse (soprano), the Orquestra XXI soloists, among many others.
Horácio plays regularly with the Portuguese pianist Bernardo Soares and with “ars dd hoc ensemble” – contemporary music. Horácio Ferreira is a Vandoren artist and founder of the Art’Ventus Quintet. Since 2018 he became artistic advisor at Marvão International Music Festival.




Nuno Pinto [Clarinet]

Music tells us the future. So, lend me the clarinet to take a peek. Pinto, Nuno, dixit 1985 leaving primary school in Mateus, Portugal [dad’s audio record]

If it is true that music can constitute itself as a prophecy, the epigraph statement by Nuno Pinto confirms it. Musicians, when exposed in their plenitude, play a double game. They are, simultaneously, seminal and prophet.
Nuno Pinto always knew of that privilege and, therefore, decided to give his clarinet a touch of Midas: he transformed it into a ubiquitous object in wich his art is in everything he touches and where he, the artisan, is a true sound shaman.
Saul Silva, António Saiote, Michel Arrignon and Alain Damiens shaped and perfected his artistic gesture making it singular in the national and international panorama – one only needs to mention the considerable amount of music registered by him [19 discographic records], the amount of débuts [161] and the music [24 pieces] dedicated to him.
All of this so that Nuno Pinto may declare, in loud voice and bass clarinet, that music makes audible the world to come, using contemporary music, the music of and in the world and Jazz to that end, and always acolyte by a thorough selection of music ensembles from Trivm de Palhetas, to Clarinetes Ad Libitum, from Camerata Senza Misura to Sond’Art Eletric Ensemble.
It should be added and emphasised that, not pleased with his interpretative gift to the world of music, Nuno Pinto declares daily his passion for the study of music by teaching clarinet – la crème de la crème – at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo at Politécnico do Porto.

The present declaration, being true, is hereby signed by the one who has been watching him artistically and pedagogically,
Mário Azevedo