Carlos Damas - Violin


Carlos Damas is the leading Portuguese classical violinist and recording artist for Dux Records, Brilliant Classics, and Naxos. He is particularly known for his Fritz Kreisler interpretations and world premiere recordings of works by the Portuguese composers António Fragoso, Luís de Freitas Branco, Fernando Lopes-Graça and Sérgio Azevedo.

Damas was born in Coimbra where he began his musical studies at the Coimbra Conservatory at the age of three. When he was six, his family moved to Lisbon where he continued his violin studies with Vasco Broco, Leonor Prado,and Alexandra Mendes. He made his solo concert debut when he was 15 in a performance with the Portuguese Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joaquim da Silva Pereira. He then pursued further studies at the Paris Conservatory with Jacqueline Lefèvre and Ivry Gitlis. He premiered Luís de Freitas Branco's Concert for Violin in Paris in 1993. Sérgio Azevedo's Reflections on a Portuguese Lullaby for solo violin and string orchestra was written for and dedicated to Damas.

Damas is a regular soloist with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Prague Philarmonic Orchestra, Camerata de St. Severin, Camerata da Madeira, Winnipeg Symphony, Guanzhou Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke's Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra of San José. He has also performed in Macao with the Macao Chamber Orchestra several times since 1997 and has appeared as a soloist in concerts organized by the Melody for Dialogue Among Civilizations Association in conjunction with UNESCO, including a performance of the Bach Double Violin Concerto at Lincoln Center in 2007

- Frederico de Freitas - Complete Violin Works (Brilliant Classics, to be released October 1st 2015)
- Armando José Fernandes, violin concerto and violin sonata (Brilliant Classics, 2014)
- António Fragoso, complete violin music (Brilliant Classics, 2011)
- Luís de Freitas Branco, violin sonatas (Naxos, 2010)[9]
- Fritz Kreisler, selected pieces (DUX Records 2009)
- Carlos Damas - Modern Solo Violin Music, including the first recordings of Lopes-Graça's Espçonsais and Azevedo's Sonatina No. 1 (DUX Records 2007)[11]
- Beethoven, Sonatas for violin and piano nº4 & nº5" (MasterClassics/Universal 2004)
- Carlos Damas - Violino Solo (Numérica 2000)
- Diálogos do Silêncio (Tradisom/Sony 1997)
- Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Numérica 1995)
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António Fragoso Violin Works
 MusicWeb International, Coventry
(Rob Barnett)
Carlos Damas - Berlioz Reverie et Capriche op.8 for violin and orchestra
Carlos Damas - Madrigal Simonetti
Carlos Damas, violin
Jill Lawson, piano 
TheStrad Magazine - Kreisler: Violin miniatures: original works and arrangements
 Magazine, London
(Julian Haylock)