London-based pianist Konstantin Lapshin performs at Os Agostos auditorium in June

June will see eight Amigos de Música concerts take place in the auditorium at Os Agostos country estate near Santa Bárbara de Nêxe.

The first concerts will be on Tuesday, June 15 when pianist Konstantin Lapshin will play pieces by Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninov during both the matinée and evening concerts. On Thursday, June 17, Konstantin’s matinée and evening concerts will feature music by Scriabin, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.

Konstantin Lapshin completed his studies in the Moscow State Conservatory and then moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM). In 2009, he received his Masters and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Rose Bowl for the most outstanding student. He subsequently played for HRH Prince Charles.

Konstantin has since performed in major concert halls around the world. In 2015, Konstantin made a concert tour of Finland dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius is considered the father of Finnish music and is probably best known for his hymn Finlandia.

Among Konstantin’s most exciting large-scale performances was his concert in Odessa, Ukraine. He played Rachmaninov’s Concerto No.3 with the Odessa Philharmonic conducted by Grammy award-winning Mikhail Pletnev as part of the first annual “Black Sea Music Fest”. This concert was organised in memory of victims of the war in Ukraine.

Konstantin now teaches at the RCM where he received his PHD. He has given master classes internationally and has served as a jury member of international piano competitions.

Konstantin has made many recordings since his debut recording of works by Tchaikovsky/Pletnev and Schuman.

For the matinée, doors will open at 10am and the concert will begin at 11am. Coffee and biscuits will be available for self-service. For the evening performance, doors will open at 6pm and the concert will begin at 7pm. Wine, fruit juices and canapés will be available for self-service.

Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members payable in advance by bank transfer (see website).

The Amigos de Música is an international group of around 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organisation and is in its 30th year.

A second series of concerts will be on June 23 and 25 by Katya Apekisheva (piano) and Pavel Fischer (violin). What’s this space for more information.

For concert bookings: reservasconcertos@gmail.com

For information about the Amigos: www.amigos-de-musica.org

For membership enquiries: helga.hampton@gmail.com