ORQUESTRA ACADÉMICA FILARMÓNICA PORTUGUESA
KRISTINA MILLER | PIANO
OSVALDO FERREIRA | CONDUCTOR
The Academic Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by its founder, maestro Osvaldo Ferreira, debuts at the Sintra Festival with the wonderful pianist Kristina Miller, presenting a program of great popular appeal - Chopin piano concert in E minor and Stravinsky's The Firebird, the first impregnated by Chopin’s native Poland music flavours, and the second based on Russian folktales.
The concert starts with a piece by a young Portuguese women composer, Anne Almeida d’Almeida.
KRISTINA MILLER | PIANO
OSVALDO FERREIRA | CONDUCTOR
ANNE VICTORINO D’ALMEIDA (1978-) –” O Despertar de Élpis”
FRYDERYK CHOPIN (1810-1849) – Concerto para piano n°1 em mi menor, Op. 11
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Romance (Larghetto)
III. Rondo (Vivace)
IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971) – Suite “O Pássaro de Fogo”
Kristina Miller, Russian-German pianist, was born in 1986 in Moscow into a musical family. Her outstanding talent gave her the first opportunity to perform W.A.Mozart Concerto Nr. 23 with orchestra at the early age of eight.
Six years later, Prof. A.E. Rubina invited her to study in a special music school for talented children in St.Petersburg, Russia. Having already won the first prize in the Berlin International Piano competition (1999) and second prize in the St.Petersburg International piano competition (2000), the Russian Ministry of Culture marked her exceptional achievements as a pianist by awarding her its prize for artistic development. Since the age of twelve, Kristina Miller played concerts in Europe, the United States, Australia and South America and was invited every year to appear as a soloist with orchestras, such as the Recreation Grosses Orchester Graz, Berliner Camerata, the Capella State Symphony Orchestra St.Petersburg, the Rostow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfonica da USP, the Uljanowsk Symphony Orchestra and others. She worked with Conductors including Ravil Martinov, Vladislav Chernushenko, Sergey Ferulev, Roberto Tibiricá, Helder Trefzger, Claudio Cohen, Dmitry Russu, Andreas Stoehr, Marcelo Ramos and others.
After graduating at the special music school in 2004 she became a student at the St.Petersburg State Conservatory. During this time Kristina Miller had an opportunity to perform in concert halls such as the Philarmonic Hall, the Capella Hall and the big A. Glasunov Hall of Conservatory in St.Petersburg.
In 2006 she won the Steinway Piano Award of the Munich Steinway House and entered the Munich Music University to continue her studies with the well-known pianist Prof. Gerhard Oppitz.
As a chamber musician, Kristina Miller collaborated with artists including Daniel Müller-Schott, David Aaron Carpenter, Jan Volger, Pierre Amoyal, Danjulo Ishizaka and others.
Besides making various recordings for the Bavarian Radio, her first CD was released in 2008 for the Naxos Label, which Kristina recorded with Nicolas Koeckert. It received great reviews and was repeatedly played at the Bavarian Radio and BBC Radio stations.
In 2012 Kristina Miller finished her Studies at the Munich University of Music with Prof. Gerhard Oppitz, where she received her Master of Music degree with Distinction.
In 2015 she received her second Master Degree at the Conservatory Wien University with Prof.Dr. Johannes Kropfitsch.
In November 2017 Kristina had her debut in Berliner Philharmonie and in April 2018 will have her debut in Tonhalle Zürich.
As guest conductor, Osvaldo Ferreira recently performed with the St. Petersburg Orchestra in Russia, the Luxembourg Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and Bühnen-Halle in Germany and the Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, among others.
Osvaldo Ferreira is the Artistic Director of the Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concert Society of Brasilia. He was the musical director and titular conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Paraná (2011 to 2014) and director of the Curitiba Music Workshop. In Portugal, he was artistic director of the Algarve Orchestra and at the International Music Festival of Algarve as well director and administrator of the Municipal Theater of Faro. He recorded several CDs by Portuguese composers for Numérica and a double CD with Mozart symphonies. With Algarve Orchestra he conducted several concerts in Vienna, Brussels, Lisbon, Seville, Porto, Curitiba and London.
His carrier includes more than 700 concerts, about 70 opera and ballet performances and also all Mozart's Masses and Requiem. The connection to contemporary music is one of the most important aspects of his work, especially the presentation of first auditions of works by some of the most important composers of today, such as, K. Penderecki, L. Auerbach, Jean-Luc Ponty, B. Sassetti, H. Rosenschoon, or G. Ligeti, among many others.
He has worked also with St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Rome Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony, Prague Orchestra, Lodz Philharmonic, Silesia Philharmonic, Nuremberg Symphony, Radio Philharmonic Renana, National Orchestra of Porto, Orchestra of the National Theater of San Carlos, Orchestra of the Olympic Theater of Vicenza, Orchestra of Catalonia, North Shore Orchestra (Chicago), Orchestra of the Festival of Music of Aspen (USA) and National Orchestra of Venezuela, between others.
She has a master's degree in orchestra (Chicago) and a post-graduate degree in the St. Petersburg Conservatory, in Ilya Mussin's class. He was awarded in 1999 at the Sergei Prokofiev Competition in Russia. Received the Fellowship of the Aspen Music Festival, where he attended the American Conductors Academy. He was assistant to the conductor Claudio Abbado in Salzburg and Berlin and also studied with Jorma Panula and David Zinman. He held Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarships.