André Gaio Pereira, violin
Tomás Soares, violin
Sofia Silva Sousa, viola
Beatriz Raimundo, cello
The Tejo Quartet had its origins when four Portuguese musicians living abroad met at a summer course held in Belém, on the banks of the Tejo (Tagus) river, to sight-read music together. They soon understood they shared an intense passion about music, and the enthusiasm to push their musical limits collectively made them go on to formalize the quartet.
Since its formation in December 2018, the quartet has already appeared in recital in the United Kingdom, France and Portugal. In July 2019, the group was awarded the first prize at the Young Artists’ Prize in Portugal in the Senior Chamber Music category. The prize propelled the quartet to play extensively around the country, with appearances at major venues, such as Gulbenkian Foundation and Casa da Música, and music festivals such as Cistermúsica, Lisbon & Estoril, Jovens Músicos, and Setúbal.
Regarding their education, the ensemble were accepted at the West Dean College Masterclasses (UK) in 2018, where the group received intensive coaching from the Chilingirian Quartet. This academic year
the quartet successfully auditioned at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, where they will be coached by Miguel da Silva from the Ysaÿe Quartet.
Future projects include the recording of their first CD in December 2021 with the label Decurio, a four-week residency at the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, concerts at the Gulbenkian Foundation Biennale String Quartet Festival in January 2022, collaborations with the Oistrakh Quartet at the Festival Internacional da Póvoa de Varzim and the Jerusalem Quartet at Crans-Montana Festival, and a residency at the Académie Villecroze in a project that will explore the boundaries of Portuguese classical and popular music tradition.
In 2021, the quartet has been selected to take part in Le Dimore del Quartetto.
Ph. Enric Vives-Rubio