Nuno Pinto and Elsa Silva belong to a new generation of portuguese musicians with given proof of capacity, competence and versatility. Owning a vaste experience in concert field either as soloists or chamber musicians (in classical and contemporary repertoire) these musicians seek to find visibility to a musical partnership that has been lasting for many years.
Having studied together in the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Oporto, their mutual musical experience developed and improved in ensembles such as OrchestrUtopica, devoted to contemporary music and Camerata Senza Misura, chamber group with a mixed repertoire that goes from the classical period until nowadays.
This duo has also been gaining experience in ESMAE, where Nuno Pinto teaches the clarinet class since 1997 and Elsa Silva is that class’ accompanist since 2004.
The vaste repertoire of this duet includes some of the most important works for this formation, going from the classical period until the contemporary. In spite of the huge amount of original works for clarinet and piano Nuno Pinto e Elsa Silva seek to expand horizonts by challenging new composers to write for the duo and also by adapting works originally written for other instruments, therefore enlarging their repertoire with new composers and styles. Their concert programs are built in a creative and pedagogic manner, always regarding the audience perspective.
NUNO PINTO (Vila Real, 1976)
Studied clarinet with Saul Silva, António Saiote, Michel Arrignon and Alain Damiens in Portugal and France.
Took master-classes directed by the clarinettists Guy Dangain, Walter Boeykens, Howard Clug, Robert Fontaine and Alois Brandhofer.
Dedicated a significant part of his work to chamber music and to contemporary music, being one of the founding members of the chamber music groups Camerata Senza Misura, Trivm de Palhetas and Clarinetes Ad Libitum, also collaborating, among others, with the Moscow Piano Quartet, the Ensemble Contrapuctus, the Ensemble Português de Clarinetes and the String Quartets from Lisbon, Aveiro and Lyra.
Nuno Pinto is also member of the OrchestrUtopica, of Grupo Música Nova and of Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble.
As a clarinettist, Nuno Pinto participated in the premieres of the works of composers such as Cândido Lima, Christopher Bochmann, António Vitorino d’Almeida, Carlos Guedes, Virgílio Melo, Carlos Azevedo, Fernando C. Lapa, José Júlio Lopes, Nuno Côrte-Real, Ivan Moody, Carlos Caires, António Sousa Dias, Miguel Azguime, Moritz Eggert, João Madureira, Johannes Motschmann, Luís Antunes Pena, among others, and is the dedicatee of works by Cândido Lima, Luís Tinoco, Sérgio Azevedo, Ricardo Ribeiro, Telmo Marques, Virgílio Melo and Miguel Azguime.
Soloist with the Orquestra Clássica do Porto, Orquestra do Norte, Solistas do Porto, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais and Oeiras, Orquestra de Câmara Musicare, Orquestra Artave and European Medical Students Orchestra. Also collaborated with the Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and the Orquestra Nacional do Porto.
Participated in several International Music Festivals in countries such as Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, England, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, United States and China.
Together with the group Clarinetes Ad Libitum, in 2006, Nuno Pinto recorded Contradanza and, in 2007, participated in the film A Terra antes do Céu by João Botelho, with the group Camerata Senza Misura and in the album Torga – Retratos e Paisagens.
Nuno Pinto is professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo, in Oporto.
He is sponsored by Buffet Crampon and Rico.
Elsa Marques Silva was born in Oporto.
She started her musical studies at the age of six at the Academia de Música de Vilar do Paraíso.
Owner of a bachelor’s degree from ESMAE – Porto, as Pedro Burmester’s student, later got a Master’s degree from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, USA) where she studied with Luiz de Moura Castro.
Elsa attended several masterclasses with personalities as Helena Sá e Costa, Dmitri Paperno, Vitalij Margulis, Boris Berezowsky, Tânia Achot , Nina Svetlanova, e Peter Eicher, among others.
Won many national and international awards, as the 1st prize in Covilhã piano Competiton, 2nd prize at the Helena Costa Competition, 2nd prize at the “Young Artist Piano Competition”, Connecticut, E.U.A.
As a soloist, played with the Oporto National Orchestra, North Orchestra,
Remix – Youth Orquestra, with conductors such as Meir Minsky, Ferreira Lobo, Nicholas Kok, Jean-Marc Burfin and Tolga Kashif. Also played many solo and chamber music recitals all across Portugal and in Spain, Germany, Brasil, UK and USA.
Played with Remix-Ensemble Casa da Música and Oporto National Orchestra with conductors as Stefan Ashbury, Michael Zilm, Miguel Bernat and Cesário Costa. She is a member of the contemporary music ensemble Orchestrutópica and of the chamber music group Camerata Senza Misura.
Her studies abroad were supported by a scholarship from the Hartt School of Music and the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship Fund.
Elsa recorded for the label Numérica and for RDP.