My name is Diogo Filipe da Luz Fernandes, born in Portugal. I have graduated from Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas in Castelo Branco (ESART), finishing the course the highest grade. Currently, I am taking on a Master's Degree in Music Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, under the tuition of Gerard McCrystal.
Since a very young age, music has always had an important place in my life, and at the age of eleven, I entered at the Conservatório Regional de Setúbal, taking saxophone classes and music theory classes. I was also involved in several masterclasses and internships of Orquestra Sinfónica da Metropolitana, Orquestra de Sopros de Setúbal (Portugal), and the Grand Union Orchestra (UK).
Since the beginning of my Bachelor's degree in Portugal, I performed with various ensembles outside the context of the university projects. My work with the Vision Ensemble, a chamber music group composed by a string quartet, a saxophone, and a piano. The performances include a variety of sonorities over a large array of styles and composers from Bach to Verdi to Piazzolla and even Morricone. Our original arrangements make us a unique asset in the Portuguese music scene.
I also have participated in several saxophone masterclasses with names such as Claude Delangle, Mario Marzi, Henk Van Twillert, José Massarão, James Houlik, Gerard McChrystal, Antonio Belijar, Albert Juliá, Jean Ives-Fourmeau, Otis Murphy, Michel Supera, Jarome Laran, Timothy Mcallister, Andy Scoot, Helder Alves, Carlos Canhoto e Fernando Ramos.
In my first year at ESART, I started to work as a saxophone teacher at the Conservatório Regional de Castelo Branco during two years (2014 – 2016). I have been developing a particular interest in the art of teaching. In my lessons, I cover a wide range of styles and genres and I could help on the improvement of saxophones skills such as sight-reading, harmony, music theory and aural skills. I am also a friendly, patient and encouraging person who transmits the emotion for the saxophone to his students. Teaching available for all levels and ages including preparation for all grades (1-8).
Music Qualifications / Achievements:
Grade 8 in Saxophone from Conservatório Regional de Setúbal, Portugal
Bachelor's Degree in Music Variant Instrument – Saxophone from Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas (ESART)
Taking a Master's Degree in Music Performance – Saxophone from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my lessons, don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].