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A memorable evening of classical music

The lucky winners of an Algarve Resident competition, in association with Vale do Lobo, took up their prize on November 13 when they attended the piano recital by António Pedro Cebola at the resort’s auditorium.

Michael and Doreen Brophy, Tom Longfellow and Barb Kelly won the chance to hear some of the greatest classical music works being played by the young Portuguese pianist.

Algarve resident Helga Hampton, vice president of the Associação Amigos de Música de São Lourenço (AAMSL), sent us this review of the concert:

Lucky the people who were able to attend the Piano Recital in Vale do Lobo on November 13!

Readers Michael and Doreen Brophy.
Readers Michael and Doreen Brophy.

The young Portuguese pianist, António Pedro Cebola, gave his first recital in the acoustically excellent auditorium of Vale do Lobo to great applause. The elegant multi-national audience was treated to a varied programme of music by Bach, Liszt and Chopin and it became obvious that here is a young pianist who will have to be watched.

He played the demanding programme with great nuance and sensitivity, and it was particularly in the Liszt Sonata that his virtuosity sparkled. The difficult Bach/Busoni “Chaconne” was attacked with great aplomb, and in the two Chopin pieces António was able to convey lyricism and pure feeling.

Readers Tom Longfellow and Barb Kelly.
Readers Tom Longfellow and Barb Kelly.

António is at the beginning of a promising performing career. He comes equipped with a Masters degree from the University of Évora and is now under the tutelage of the eminent pianist and teacher Paul Crossley in London.

The combined sponsorship of Vale do Lobo and the AAMSL is helping him along in his continuing formation and preparation for what will obviously be a remarkable performing career.

We wish this talented young talent an excitingly good future.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Helga Hampton has also contributed an article on cork production in Portugal, which can be read by clicking the link to the right.