Concerto Moderno is a string orchestra with approximately 20 young musicians living in or around Lisbon. This is a solid and ambitious project in the field of classical music.
Their repertoire includes pieces from several periods, from the baroque to current ones, with no preconceptions and with the desire to discover new paths even for the most frequently played pieces.
Almost every concert features invited soloists, always internationally renowned musicians who can help bring new perspectives and renewed ambitions to this group.
From January to June 2012, the Concerto Moderno held six concerts as part of the programme of the São Luiz Municipal Theatre.
In April 2013, they took part in the Terras Sem Sombra Festival, playing a concert at the Main Church of Almodôvar and were part of the Dias da Música in Belém, Lisbon, at the Centro Cultural de Belém. The Concerto Moderno also performed in places like the Ajuda National Palace, National Museum of Ancient Art, Gulbenkian Museum, the São Carlos National Theatre and the Queluz National Palace.
In October 2013, they recorded three concerts by Johann Sebastian Bach, with the guest soloist Gwendolyn Masin, launched on CD by Jornal i.
In July 2014 the orchestra played with violinist Teimuraz Janikashvili, at the Festival Internacional de La Granja, in Spain.
From January to July 2015, the Concerto Moderno showcased their season at the Ajuda National Palace, São Luiz Municipal Theatre and Queluz National Palace.
In July and August 2015, the Concerto Moderno was part of the Festival Provençal des Orchestres de Jeunes, and played at the Aix-en-Provence Cathedral, at the Palais des Eveques (Bourg de Saint Andéol) and at the Frigolet Abbey.
The following soloists played with the Concerto Moderno: Otto Pereira, Duncan Fox, Gwendolyn Masin, Paulo Gaio Lima, Natalia Tchitch, Jill Lawson, Pavel Gomziakov, Carlos Marín, Daniel Garlitsky, Carla Caramujo, Iddo Bar-Shai, Miguel Jalôto, Marie Chilemme, Tomohiro Hatta and Lev Vinocour.
The Artistic Direction of the Concerto Moderno is run by maestro César Viana and violinist Inês Saraiva. Maestro César Viana is also the Musical Director.