Carlos Damas

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Carlos Damas
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Background information
Born8th of April of 1973
Coimbra, Portugal
Occupation(s)violinist and teacher

Carlos Damas (born 1973) is a leading Portuguese classical violinist and recording artist for Dux Records, Brilliant Classics, Et'cetera Records and Naxos. He is particularly known for his Fritz Kreisler interpretations and world premiere recordings of works by the Portuguese composers António Fragoso, Luís de Freitas Branco, Fernando Lopes-Graça and Sérgio Azevedo.[1] Carlos Damas is widely regarded as the most significant Portuguese violinist currently before the public, with a brilliant international career encompassing the great masterpieces to contemporary works, attested by an impressive international discography. He has often been compared by international critics to such masters as Thomas Zehetmair, Gidon Kremer and Henryk Szeryng.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Damas was born in Coimbra where he began his musical studies at the Coimbra Conservatory at the age of three. When he was six, his family moved to Lisbon where he continued his violin studies with Vasco Broco, Leonor Prado, and Alexandra Mendes. He made his solo concert debut when he was 15 in a performance with the Portuguese Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joaquim da Silva Pereira. He then pursued further studies at the Paris Conservatory with Jacqueline Lefèvre and Ivry Gitlis. He premiered Luís de Freitas Branco's Concert for Violin in Paris in 1993.[3] Sérgio Azevedo's Reflections on a Portuguese Lullaby for solo violin and string orchestra was written for and dedicated to Damas.[4][5][6]

Carlos Damas in concert

Damas is a regular soloist with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata de St. Severin, Camerata da Madeira, Winnipeg Symphony, Guanzhou Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke's Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José. He has also performed in Macao with the Macao Chamber Orchestra several times since 1997 and has appeared as a soloist in concerts organized by the Melody for Dialogue Among Civilizations Association in conjunction with UNESCO, including a performance of the Bach Double Violin Concerto at Lincoln Center in 2007.[5][7][8]

Carlos Damas has performed as soloist in renowned concert halls, including Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot (Paris), Tearto D. Pedro V (Macau), Unesco Grand Auditorium (Paris), Calouste de Gulbenkian Foundation, S. Luiz Theater and Belém Cultural Center, Lee Hysan Concert Hall in Hong Kong, Ville Louvigy Orchester Philarmonique du Luxembourg, Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, Lisinski Zagreb concert hall.

Giovanni Battista Gabrielli c.a. 1767

Carlos Damas has a PhD in Education and Psychology of Music, and is violin teacher at Évora University.[9] HIs instrument is one Giovanni Battista Gabrielli, the "ex-Isham", dated from c.a. 1767.

Carlos Damas is married to Jian Hong (cellist) and has one daughter called Eva Damas.


Carlos Damas made the first world recordings of several Portuguese composers music, recorded for the labels Dux, Brilliant Classics, and Naxos:


  1. ^ Jornal da Madeira. (24 October 2012). "Violinista Carlos Damas grava compositores portugueses para editoras internacionais" Archived 2014-02-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 13 February 2014 (in Portuguese).
  2. ^ [1] Retrieved 14 May 2021 (in English).Archived (Date missing) at (Error: unknown archive URL)[2]
  3. ^ Castelo-Branco, Salwa (2010). Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no século XX. Vol. 4. Lisbon: Círculo de Leitores. p. 1382. ISBN 9789724245980.[need quotation to verify]
  4. ^ AvA Musical Editions. "Reflections on a Portuguese Lullaby" Archived 2016-07-31 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Jornal Tribuna de Macau (29 January 2010). "Perfil de um virtuouso" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 13 February 2014 (in Portuguese).
  6. ^ Italian Camões Association "Reflections on a Portuguese Lullaby". Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  7. ^ Luso (6 June 2012). "Violinista Carlos Damas atua no sábado em Macau". Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 13 February 2014 (in Portuguese).
  8. ^ Melody for Dialogue Among Civilizations Association (2007). "Melody for Peace L'Italiana in Algeri (Rossini), but not only…)". Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Universidade de Évora / People". Retrieved 2022-08-30.
  10. ^ Heute, Klassik. "Après un Rêve". Klassik Heute (in German). Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  11. ^ "Aprés un rêve – Suplement de discos". Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  12. ^ "Reseña | Après un rêve". Melómano Digital - La revista online de música clásica (in Spanish). 2022-01-07. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  13. ^ Byzantion (September 2012). Review: António Fragoso: Complete Chamber Music for Violin". MusicWeb International. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  14. ^ McQuiston, Bob (29 November 2011). "Classical Lost and Found: Branco's Laudable But Overlooked Sonatas". NPR. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  15. ^ Haylock, Julian (October 2009) Review: Kreisler: Violin miniatures: original works and arrangements" The Strad. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  16. ^ Druce, Duncan (2007). "Review: Modern Solo Violin Music". Gramophone, Vol. 85, p, 109. Quote: "The two Portuguese items are both first recordings."

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