Sérgio Fernandes Pires is one of the most promising and artistically active clarinetists of his generation. He is a winner of more than a dozen prizes at international competitions. Among the competitions, in which he has successfully participated, are the “Gheorghe Dima International Clarinet Competition” (First Prize, 2017), Czech ClarinetArt (3rd Prize, 2013), “Concorso Internazionale Marco Fiorindo” (First Prize, 2012), “IV Terras de La-Salette” (First Prize, 2011), “Paços Premium” (First Prize, 2008) and the “I Terras de la-Sallete” (First Prize, 2008).
As soloist, Sérgio Pires has performed with renowned orchestras as 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.
Alongside his activities as a soloist, he is the solo clarinet player with the Winterthur MusikKollegium (Switzerland), since 2016.
As a highly requested chamber musician Sérgio Pires regularly performs with famous artists like Heinz Holliger, Michael Collins, Valentin Erben, Felix Renggli, Daniel Haefliger, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Emmanuel Abbuehl and many others.
Sérgio Pires meanwhile took part in some of the most important and acclaimed classical music festivals in the world, such as “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).
As an orchestral player, Pires has had, since very young age, a very active activity, being accepted at the age of 18 in 3 of the most important young orchestras in the world, the European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Later on, was invited to play with different orchestras in Europe and around the wolrd, such as: Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (Portugal), Neojiba Orchestra (Brazil), Sinfonie Orchester Basel (Switzerland), Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland), Tonkünstler Orchester (Austria), Cameratta Zürich (Switzerland), and has shared the stage with many prestigious soloists, such as Vilde Frang, Mischa Maisky, Fazil Say, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Heinz Holliger, Maxim Vengerov, András Schiff, Emmanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Jan Lisiecki, Clemens Hagen, Martin Grubinger, Christoph Eschenbach, Maté Szucs, Klaus Florian Vogt, Lang-Lang, René Pape.
The young clarinetist, born in 1995, started his musical studies at the age of 8. In 2007 he went to the „Academia de Música Valentim Moreira de Sá“, in Guimarães, where he studied until 2013 with Vitor Matos.
After that, Pires moved to Basel, where he studied with François Benda at the „Hochschule für Musik der Stadt Basel“, finishing his Master „Performance-Solist“ with the highest distinction (6 point out of 6) in 2018.
Since 2016, he is a Henry Selmer Artist (Playing a Set of “Recital” Clarinets) and Silverstein Works Artist (Playing on Cryo 4 Ligature).
Sérgio Pires is a scholar of the Mozartgesellschaft Dortmund (Germany).
Concertino, Op. 48
Concerto no. 2, Op. 5
La ci darem la mano
Concerto for 2 clarinets and orchestra, Op.91
Sinfonia Concertante for 4 winds and orchestra KV 297
Concerto, Op. 57
Concerto no. 2
Concerto Op. 29
Introduction; Theme and Variations
Concerto no. 4, WoO 20
Concerto in B major
Concertino for bassoon und clarinet TrV 293
Concerto no. 2, Op. 74
clarinet + piano
Sonata Op. 120 no. 2 (20’)
Premiere Rapsody (8’)
Dance Preludes (12’)
Sonata Op. 120 n.1 (25’)
Dance Preludes (15’)
Hommage a Strauss (3’)
Sonata Op. 120 n. 1 (25’)
adagio and allegro (9’)
clarinet, violoncello and piano
Trio in a minor for clarinet, violoncello and piano Op. 114 (24′)
Trio for clarinet, violoncello and piano Op. 11 („Gassenhauer-Trio“) (22′)
Trio d-Moll for clarinet, violoncello and piano Op. 3 (26′)
Miniatures for Trio (11′)
soprano, clarinet and piano,
“The Shepherd on the Rock” (Der Hirt auf dem Felsen), D. 965 (9′)
Relics (to be finished)
Dance Preludes (15′)
Sonata FP. 184 (15′)
6 German Songs Op. 103 (23′)