André Gaio Pereira

Award: Harrison Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Violin

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Born in Braga, André started playing the violin at the age of 7, making his solo début two years later. The highest graduand at the Royal Academy of Music 2015/16, he obtained the 1st Prize in Fundão International Competition in 2009 and won Young Artists Prize (Portugal) in 2010. In 2016 he obtained second prize and Bach Prize at Vasco Barbosa Competition. He has played with Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Clássica do Sul and Metropolitana Orchestra.
André has attended masterclasses with Igor Oistrakh, Maxim Vengerov and Gyorgy Pauk and integrated the Kronberg Masterclasses (2011) and the IMS Prussia Cove (2016). As a chamber musician he is the 1st violinist and founding member of the Tagus Quartet with whom he has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Cadogan Hall. They receive regular guidance from Levon Chilingirian, Christoph Richter and Hartmut Rohde. The Tagus won the Wolfie Wolfinsohn String Quartet Competition in 2016 and are currently “Fellows of Chamber Music” at the Royal Academy of Music.

André is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Levon Chilingirian. At the Academy he has led the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bychkov and Edward Gardner. He has appeared in the Harmos, Mendelssohn on Mull, Oxford Lieder, Marvão International and Festa da Música music festivals.
He is generously supported in his studies by the ABRSM, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Gulbenkian Foundation.