Biography
 

“...Emanuel Salvador, one of the finest Portuguese violinists of his generation.”

Strad Magazine, Agosto 2007




“Spellbinding soloist”

Newbury Weekly, Novembro 2006

Born in 1981, Emanuel Salvador has already performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many important venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral (London), Philharmonic Hall (Uralsk - Kazakhstan), Gulbenkian Auditório 2, Rivoli Theatre and Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal), Codarts’ Muziksaal (Rotterdam), Teatro Universitario UANL and Teatro Ocampo (Mexico), Adana Symphony Hall (Turkey), Cracow Philharmonic Hall and Lutoslawski Concert studio, Warsaw (Poland), Auditório Nacional and Centro de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (Spain), Voronezh and Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Halls (Russia), Sto. António Church (Rome), Palatin Kulturzentrum and Fruchthalle (Germany); Manoel Theatre (Malta), Jiangxi Arts Centre (China). He has been awarded several prizes such as: first prize at Isolde Menges (RCM) and Beckenham Festival competitions; Barbirolli Memorial and Wolfson Foundation Award; second prize at Jovens Músicos competition; Honours Mention at Júlio Cardona International Competition - Portugal; Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship (2000-2003); Instituto Camões Grants (2008-2009).


In 1999 Emanuel graduated from Artave (a specialist music school) as the best student of the year. During this time he studied with Costa Santos, Sergei Aroutiounian and Yakow Marr. He then moved to London, where he got a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (studying with Professor John Glickman) and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Performance at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Dr. Felix Andrievsky. Other professors with whom Emanuel studied include Ulf Hoelscher, Alberto Lysy, Vadim Brodsky, David Takeno, Gerardo Ribeiro and Ilya Grubert.


As a concerto soloist Emanuel has played with Artave, do Norte, Clássica da Madeira; Çukurova State Symphony, Sinfonica UANL, Camara de Morelos and Mexican Radio Chamber Orchestra; Sinfónica de Brasília, Sinfônica da Bahia, Sinfonica do Espirito Santo; Dnipropetrovsk Symphony, Bialystok, Lublin, Sudecka, Opole, Kalisz and Polish National Youth Philharmonics; Rotterdam Ensemble, Orchestra da Camara Fiorentina, Voronezh Symphony, Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic, Pazardhzik Symphony, City of Thessaloniki, Nonesuch, Vitalis, Skolia, Morley College, Newbury Symphony and Nuova Amadeus orchestras, under Natalia Ponomorchuk, Byron Fidetzis, Adam Klocek, Mark Kadin, Juan Carlos Lomonaco, Ferreira Lobo, Carlos Prazeres, Roberto Beltran, Grigor Palikarov, Philippe Bender, Boguslaw Dawidow, Felix Carrasco, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Federico Garcia Vigil, and Bartosz Zurakowski. His festival appearances include Gaia International, Encontros da Primavera, Gaia (Portugal), Proms in St. Judes and Ampthill (U.K.), International String Orchestra Festival (Malta), Winter Nights (Bulgaria), Eternal Spring Chamber Music Festival (Mexico), Guimaraes European Capital of Culture 2012 and Musicales en Tricastin (France). Some of his performances have been recorded for the Portuguese Radio, Polish Radio and Khabar TV (Kazakhstan). Emanuel is the artistic director of Baltic Neopolis Festival in Poland since 2015.


The Violin Concerto by Joaquim dos Santos, was written for, and premiered by Emanuel in Italy and Portugal. The recording of the premiere was released in 2005. Karl Fiorini´s Violin Concerto, also written for Emanuel, was premiered in Rotterdam, Portugal, Malta and recorded for Divine Art label for wide critical acclaim.


Emanuel is an active chamber musician and has studied in masterclasses with Bernard Greenhouse (Beaux Arts), Florestan and Peabody trios and the Borodin, Takacs and Vellinger Quartets. He was a founder member of the Vianna da Motta Piano Trio, with whom he performed extensively in the U.K. and Portugal and recorded a CD for Centro Atlântico label. In 2003, he formed a violin and harp Duo with Ieuan Jones, playing regularly in the U.K. Emanuel is since 2015 the First violinist of Baltic Neopolis Quartet and Guimarães String Quartet.


After a 10-year tenure as concertmaster of Orquestra do Norte in Portugal (2005-2015), Emanuel was appointed concertmaster at Baltic Neopolis Chamber Orchestra in Poland. As a guest concertmaster Emanuel played with Spanish National Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, Seoul Classical Players (South Korea), European Young Musicians (Italy).


He plays on a tonal copy of a Guarnerius del Gesu, by Martin Schleske (Munich, 2004), which he acquired with the help of a Loan Fund for Musical Instruments’ grant. Emanuel is a D’Addario artist.