Four ‘Amigos de Música’ concerts will take place this month in the auditorium of Os Agostos country estate, near Santa Bárbara de Nexe.
On Tuesday, April 20, Constantin Sandu, the Romanian pianist resident in Porto, will give a matinée with music by Beethoven, Enescu and Liszt and, in the evening, he will play compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Enescu and Liszt.
On Thursday, April 22 the matinée will include pieces by Constantinescu, Beethoven and Liszt and, in the evening, Constantin will play compositions by Mozart, Constantinescu, Beethoven and Liszt.
Constantin Sandu was born in Bucharest on New Year’s Day in 1964. His musical abilities were developed by Romanian piano masters and his musical career began when, aged 14, he made his solo appearance with an orchestra. Since then, he has literally been involved in hundreds of recitals, chamber music and concerts in several European and Asian countries.
Constantin has been a member of the jury in many international competitions including Vianna da Motta in Lisbon 2001, Cuidad de Toledo in Spain 2007, ProPiano Bucharest in Romania (2008-17) and has been asked to be president of the jury of the 28th Epinal International Piano Competition this year.
Constantin, resident in Porto since 1991, is the head of the Piano Department at the Porto Higher School of Music and the Performing Arts. Within Porto 2001 European City of Culture, he performed the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Porto National Orchestra.
He has a Ph.D in Music from the National University of Music in Bucharest.
In 2019, the Government of Romania awarded Constantin the Excellency Prize and Medal “100 pentru Centenar” for his contribution to the “preservation of the Romanian Cultural Heritage”.
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.
For concert bookings, email [email protected]
For general information about the Amigos de Música, including concert programmes, bookings, safety measures for Covid-19 and driving instructions to Os Agostos, visit www.amigos-de-musica.org
For membership enquiries, contact Helga Hampton, Amigos’ President, at [email protected]