By 2018-11-07 InCommunity

Lacerda Quartet return to Algarve

The Lacerda Quartet will be playing at Quintinha da Música, Covas da Prata, near Tavira, on Sunday, November 18 at 4pm. They will be playing String Quartet in F minor Op.20 No.5 by Joseph Haydn and String Quartet in F major Op.59 No.1 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Born in London in 1964, Alexander Stewart (violin) began his studies at the age of six with his father, Walter Stewart. He was granted a music scholarship at The King’s School, Canterbury. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music as a violin performer and teacher.

Awarded a scholarship by the Polish government, he studied at the Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice (1986-88). He has given numerous concerts and recitals in England, France, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey.

Alexander is presently one of the leaders of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and first violin and founding member of both Lacerda String Quartet and Trio Aeternus.

Regina Aires (violin) was born in Funchal, Madeira, in 1962. She studied at the Music Conservatoire in Lisbon, where she graduated in 1981.

She continued her studies in Paris on a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation. Regina Aires has been a member of several international orchestras and had the opportunity to work with such remarkable conductors as Jean-Jacques Werner, Mario Venzago and Michel Tabachnik.

She has given recitals in Paris and all over Portugal. Since 1993, she has been a member of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. She was a founding member of the Lacerda String Quartet in 1990.

Paul Wakabayashi (viola), a native of California, studied violin with Jenny Rudin and viola with Bernard Zaslav (formerly of the Fine Arts Quartet). At the Manhattan School of Music, he worked closely with the American String Quartet and studied conducting with Glen Cortese and Allan Gilbert, being awarded the Kotschalk prize for excellence in chamber music.

He was a founding member of the Cypress Quartet as well as the Myriad Quartet (top prize winner of the Carmel International Chamber Music Competition).

He has given master classes in Faro, Mirandela and Viana do Castelo and, for the past three years, has played and taught in the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival. He currently teaches viola and chamber music at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon.

Ajda Zupančič (cello), from Slovenia in the former Yugoslavia, won several first prizes in cello and chamber music competitions at the Ljubljana Music Conservatory. She studied at the Winterthur Conservatory in Switzerland, while working with several orchestras including Ljubljana RTV Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Oporto Orchestra and Sinfonietta de Lisboa.

She obtained her Master’s degree in Music Teaching at Lisbon’s Escola Superior da Música. She has been living in Portugal since 1993 and working as Assistant-Principal cello of the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches in several music schools, including the D. Dinis Conservatory of Music.

Tickets cost €25 and can be obtained by emailing

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