Biography

Sérgio Fernandes Pires, born 1995, won more than a dozen prizes at international competitions. Among them are many First Prizes.

As soloist, the clarinetist already has performed with renowned orchestras like Bremen Philharmonic (Germany), Chamber Orchestra Basle (Switzerland), Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orchestra Filarmonicii de Stat Transilvania, Basle Symphonic Orchestra, Silesian Chamber Orchestra (Poland) and Argovia Philarmonic, playing pieces by W. Mozart, J. Stamitz, C. Weber, G. Rossini, K. Penderecki, F. Danzi, and C. Nielsen.

As a highly requested chamber musician Sérgio Pires regularly performs with famous artists like Heinz Holliger, Michael Collins and many others. The clarinetist meanwhile has participated in several highly acclaimed international music festivals. Among them are the “European Music Campus” (Austria), “Kultursommer Nordhessen” (Germany), BBC Proms (England), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (Germany), “Isang-Yun Festival” (South-Korea), “East Neuk Festival” (Scotland) and “Festival Bozen” (Italy).

Alongside his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is the solo clarinet player with the Winterthur MusikKollegium (Switzerland) since 2016.

As an orchestral musician he recently has performed not only with the London Symphony Orchestra (solo clarinet), but also with several other renowned orchestras, that allowed him to share the stage with prestigious soloists such as Vilde Frang, Alina Ibragimova Mischa Maisky, Fazil Say, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Heinz Holliger, Maxim Vengerov, András Schiff, Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Jan Lisiecki, Christoph Eschenbach, Lang-Lang and others.

Sérgio Pires is a scholar of the Mozartgesellschaft Dortmund (Germany).

Since 2019, he is teaching at the Minho University, Portugal.

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Discography

 

 

 

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Concerto Repertoire

Busoni

Concertino, Op. 48

Copland

Concerto

B. Crussel
Concerto no.1, Op. 1

Concerto no. 2, Op. 5

F. Danzi

La ci darem la mano

Debussy

Premiere Rapsody

Jean Francaix

Concerto

F. Krommer
Concerto, Op. 36
Concerto for 2 clarinets and orchestra, Op. 35

Concerto for 2 clarinets and orchestra, Op.91

W. A. Mozart
Concerto in A major K 622

Sinfonia Concertante for 4 winds and orchestra KV 297

C. Nielsen

Concerto, Op. 57

K. Penderecki

Concerto no. 2

J. Rietz

Concerto Op. 29

G. Rossini

Introduction; Theme and Variations

L. Spohr
Concerto no. 1, Op. 26
Concerto no. 2, Op. 57
Concerto no. 3, WoO 19

Concerto no. 4, WoO 20

J. Stamitz

Concerto in B major

R. Strauss

Concertino for bassoon und clarinet TrV 293

C. Weber
Concertino, Op. 26
Concerto no. 1, Op. 73

Concerto no. 2, Op. 74

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Program

clarinet + piano

Program 1

J. Brahms

Sonata Op. 120 no. 2 (20’)

C. Debussy

Premiere Rapsody (8’)

L. Bassi

Rigolletto (11’)

(Intermission)

W. Lutoslawski

Dance Preludes (12’)

F. Schubert

Arpeggione: (25’)

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Program 2

J. Brahms

Sonata Op. 120 n.1 (25’)

W. Lutoslawski

Dance Preludes (15’)

(Intermission)

Saint-Saens

Sonata (16’)

B. Kovac

Hommage a Strauss (3’)

F. Poulenc

Sonata (15’)

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Program 3

J. Brahms

Sonata Op. 120 n. 1 (25’)

L. Bernstein

Sonata (11’)

R. Schumann

adagio and allegro (9’)

(Intermission)

Saint-Saens

Sonata (16’)

M. Arnold

Sonatina (8′)

L. Bassi

Rigolletto (11′)

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clarinet, violoncello and piano

Program 4
J. Brahms

Trio in a minor for clarinet, violoncello and piano Op. 114 (24′)

L. v. Beethoven

Trio for clarinet, violoncello and piano Op. 11 („Gassenhauer-Trio“) (22′)

A. Zemlinsky

Trio d-Moll for clarinet, violoncello and piano Op. 3 (26′)

Paul Juon

Miniatures for Trio (11′)

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soprano, clarinet and piano, 

Program 5

F. Schubert
“The Shepherd on the Rock” (Der Hirt auf dem Felsen), D. 965 (9′)

H. Holliger
Relics (to be finished)

L. Bassi

Rigolletto (11’)

Intermissen

W. Lutoslavski
Dance Preludes (15′)

F. Poulenc
Sonata FP. 184 (15′)

L. Spohr
6 German Songs Op. 103 (23′)

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