It is an ensemble of 70 young violin pupils with ages 3 to 20 from the School of Music of the Colégio Moderno, in Lisbon, Portugal.
As well as the traditional individual lessons of the instrument, these pupils rehearse a wide and varied repertoire to be performed in several concerts throughout the year.
The group may be divided into smaller formations depending on the needs of each performance or programme.
This is how pupils included in this project have come to perform in some of the most iconic concert halls, such as the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the São Carlos National Theatre, Casa da Música, Centro Cultural de Belém, National Pantheon, Estrela Basilica, as well as several tours and masterclasses abroad.
The most relevant concerts abroad took place at the Chicago Orchestra Hall, several concert halls in Oslo, Norway, at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Scotland, in Brazil, Ireland and Switzerland.
In 2014, they went to Italy where they played in the Orchestre Giovanilli Festival and, in June of 2015 at the Provence Festival of Youth Orchestras in the South of France.
These young violinists have been a fixture of the most important music festival in Portugal – Dias da Música in Belém.
Musicians trained at this school often go on to attend the best schools of music in Europe.
Their repertoire includes pieces from the baroque period to contemporary works.
The artistic direction of this ensemble and of the School of Music of the Colégio Moderno is by violinist Inês Saraiva.