INÊS ANDRADE, piano and artistic director
JOHN XIA, violin
MARIO PAGOTTO, composition



Portuguese pianist Inês Andrade is an avid performer as a soloist and chamber musician, having presented recitals throughout Europe and in the United States. Recent engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Boston Conservatory Theater, Centre Le Phénix (Switzerland), Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal) and Alexander Girardi Hall (Italy). She has been praised for her “excellent technique and elaborated touch” (Diário de Notícias), after her performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto with the Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra. She has also appeared as a soloist with the NYU Symphony Orchestra, the ArtQuest Orchestra, the ESML Symphony Orchestra, and the Lisbon National Conservatory Orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, Inês is a prizewinner of the Portuguese Young Musicians Prize, in duo with violinist Tamila Kharambura. She is the co-founder of the Virtuoso Soloists of New York, and the Duo Pianíssimo. Inês holds a Bachelor of Music and a double Master's in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, and a Master’s degree from New York University. She currently studies with Pavel Nersessian at Boston University, where she is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and was recently distinguished by the Boston University Women’s Council for her academic and professional achievements. Former Adjunct Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, Inês is a Teaching Assistant at BU College of Fine Arts. She is the founder and artistic director of the Bendada Music Festival, a youth music festival in Portugal.



Italian pianist Edoardo Carpenedo impressed audiences in his American debut with “technical strength, sweet and singing tone, and deep sensitivity.” (Charleston City Paper.)  Edoardo has received numerous awards in national and international competitions, including the prestigious “Trofeo Febo Villani.” He has performed extensively in recital and as a soloist with orchestras around Europe, most notably in Italy, Switzerland, and Spain. Edoardo’s latest engagements include performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, and The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR. He has been a guest artist for UNICEF Italia and Spoleto Festival USA.  Edoardo graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Trieste National Conservatory (Italy) at age eighteen. At a young age, he had the privilege of studying with Bruno Mezzena, a pupil of Arturo Benedetto Michelangeli, and Riccardo Risaliti, professor at the Imola International Piano Academy.  In the last six years, Edoardo’s main inspiration has come from working with concert pianist Jeffrey Swann, and, under his mentorship, Edoardo completed his Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at NYU Steinhardt in 2013.  Edoardo is currently a doctoral student at Boston University studying with Pavel Nersessian. Edoardo is an avid chamber musician. Edoardo is also a passionate teacher and has served as an Adjunct Piano Faculty member at NYU Steinhardt. Edoardo is currently a Teaching Assistant for the Piano and Theory departments at Boston University - College of Fine Arts.


Italian violinist Erica Carpenedo has toured Europe, United States and Asia as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician, performing at some of the world’s most breathtaking venues, such as Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Orchestra Hall of the Chicago Symphony Center and Singapore’s Esplanade Concert Hall. As a soloist, Erica Carpenedo has been featured with the RGS Orchestra of Singapore, College of Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Strumentale Italiana, Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini di Trieste, Orchestra Sinfonica del Veneto Orientale, and Piccola Orchestra Veneta.  She has shared the stage with extraordinary artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Igudesman & Joo and 2Cellos, and performed under the baton of illustrious conductors such as Riccardo Muti and Daniel Oren. Erica Carpenedo’s beloved teachers and mentors include Ilya Kaler, Lee-Chin Siow, Igor Volochine, Pavel Vernikov, Olexsandr Semchuk and Caterina Carlini. She attended the master courses of National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the International Specialization Courses of Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia in Portogruaro. She holds degrees from Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini di Trieste and DePaul University in Chicago, where she studied on a full scholarship. Erica Carpenedo is a laureate of MTNA Competition, International Competition Premio Città di Padova, National Competition Dino Caravita - Città di Fusignano, Competition Citta’ di Schio, and Premio Nazionale delle Arti. She is the recipient of Julian Hayes and Clifford Milton Award for Excellence in Strings, Grand Prix Anne Marie Bollo Rambaud, and Enrico Segattini Scholarship. Erica Carpenedo plays in a violin and piano duo with her brother Edoardo Carpenedo, and regularly performs in Chicago with her string quartet. She bonds her upbringing as a Classical violinist with passion for other music genres, as well as dancing and singing. She regularly performs with Chicago’s top big bands and latin jazz ensembles, collaborates with pop artists, and she is a member the CoverGirls Violin Show. In addition to performing, Erica Carpenedo deeply enjoys teaching her students. She is currently a violin teacher and chamber music coach at Merit School of Music and Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory in Chicago. Her students have won top prizes at national competitions and perform together in creative ensembles.

JOHN XIA, violin

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Born in China, John Xia began his studies in violin at the age of 9.  He received his Bachelor's Degree Magna Cum Laude and Master's Degree with distinction from the Peabody Conservatory, as the recipient of the J.C. van Hulsteyn Award for Violin studying with Herbert Greenberg, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  He completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Violin Performance at Michigan State University under the tutelage of Dmitri Berlinsky, Grand Prize Winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition. As a chamber musician, John Xia has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the Symphony Center Presents Series.  John has been a member of the group "International Chamber Soloists" which has toured and performed in 10 different states throughout the U.S. John is also a member of the Chicago-based Peninsula String Quartet. An experienced orchestral musician, John has served as concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, MSU Symphony Orchestra and Ad Libitum Chamber Orchestra.  John has collaborated as concertmaster with some of the world's finest conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden, Sir Mark Elder, and Cliff Colnot.  In addition, John has performed with Chicago Opera Theatre, South Bend Symphony, Lansing Symphony and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. John has performed in some of the world’s most renowned stages, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, and Harris Theatre. John is also a dedicated teacher of violin, he is currently on the violin faculty at the Merit School of Music in Chicago.



Yoni Avi Battat is an adventurous and collaborative violist living in Boston, MA. An active chamber musician, Yoni has performed in a variety of ensembles, bringing his explorative and inventive approach to audiences across the U.S. and Europe. His groups have received guidance from many acclaimed musicians, including members of the Emerson, Lydian, Pacifica, Muir, JACK, Chiara and Borromeo string quartets. Yoni has served as principal violist for the Cape Ann, B.U., and Brandeis symphonies as well as engagements with New Haven Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. An advocate of contemporary music, Yoni works regularly with living composers of all ages to workshop, premiere and record new works for solo viola and for small ensembles. Outside of classical music, Yoni is an accomplished improviser, fluent in several non-western musical traditions including Jazz, Klezmer and Middle-Eastern. He has performed and recorded with many such bands including, Two Shekel Swing, Cataklezm and the Nu Haven Kapelye. A dedicated music teacher, Yoni has a large studio of over twenty private viola and violin students. He also is the Deputy Director of the Elm City ChamberFest, where he coaches high schoolers through their first encounters with chamber music. Yoni received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.M. from Boston University, studying viola with Karen Ritscher, Mary Ruth Ray and Mark Berger.  



Gracie Keith began playing the cello at the age of five and since that time has performed world-wide. While completing her Bachelor Degree in music performance at Baylor University, she was a member of the Waco Symphony and taught at the Central Texas String Academy.

Since moving to Boston, she has completed a Master’s degree from Boston University where she currently still resides pursuing a Doctorate of Music Arts.

Recent performance engagements include guest artist performances at the Garth Newel Music Center, as a soloist with the New England Repertory Orchestra, Artist-in-Residency at the Dedham School of Music and a highlighted performance in the Keyword Initiative concert series hosted by Boston University.

Gracie was able to develop her passion for music because of her inspiring music teachers in the public school system of Houston, TX.

Music accessibility and education is an important focus for Gracie so in addition to performing, she has become an avid teacher and currently teaches music in the public school system of Brookline, MA.  


Clarinetist Samuel Marques studied with Nelson Aguiar (Aveiro Music Conservatory), António Saiote (ESMAE – Porto), Stanley Drucker and Pascual Martínez-Forteza (New York University’s Steinhardt School). At NYU he was also an Adjunct Instructor. Mr. Marques was awarded in several clarinet and chamber music competitions in Portugal, Spain, US, Peru and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2013, Mr. Marques has been selected to the National Repertory Orchestra (USA), Castleton Festival Orchestra (USA), World Peace Orchestra (USA), New York Youth Symphony (USA), Atlantic Music Festival (USA), Neue Philharmonie München (Germany), Internationale Junge Orchesterakademie (Germany), just to name a few. In 2017, Mr. Marques was awarded with the 1 st Prize at the 7th National Young Clarinetists Competition (Portugal), 2 nd Prize at the Clarinet Competition of the 1st Algarve Clarinet Festival (Portugal) and was selected as one of the winners of the IMKA Grand Prix Concert Competition. Mr. Marques was invited to appear at the Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival (Yerevan, Armenia). Mr. Marques regularly collaborates as a guest musician with Portugal’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, Remix Ensemble Casa da Música and Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a permanent musician with Atlantic Coast Orchestra, Orquestra “Ópera no Património” and Orquestra do Atlântico. He has performed with names such as Joyce DiDonato, Maria João Pires, Arcadi Volodos, Waltraud Meier, Mário Laginha, Quarteto Vintage. Mr. Marques is on the Clarinet faculty at Braga’s Calouste Gulbenkian Music Conservatory (Braga, Portugal), Albergaria Club’s Music Academy (Albergaria-a-Velha, Portugal) and MúsicAmiga School (Aveiro, Portugal).


Margarida Quítalo, a native of France, began her musical studies at the École de Musique de Thonon-les-Bains. In Portugal, she studied at the Conservatório Regional de Música da Covilhã and at the Escola Profissional de Música de Arcos do Estoril. Ms. Quítalo attended masterclasses all over the country and abroad (Switzerland, Sion), with teachers such as Trevor Wye, William Benett, Benedeck Csalog, Catherine Rawdon and Edwin Gordon. From 1996 to 2000, she performed with the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil (Lisbon, Portugal) and collaborated with the Flute Quartet "DAKAPO". She is also the founder of Duo "MUSINOVIS" and "Duo inTempo". In 2000, Ms. Quítalo graduated from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with a Degree in Flute, studying in the studios of professors Anthony Pringsheim (flute), and Fernando Fontes and Olga Prats (chamber music). In 2017, Ms. Quítalo graduated with a Master Degree in Music Teaching and Education. 
She has taught transverse flute and chamber music at the Oficinas de S. José, at the Colégio Salesianos in Lisbon, at the Conservatório Regional de Música da Covilhã, at the Associação de Cultura Canto Firme in Tomar, and at the Academia de Música e Dança in Fundão.
She is currently a teacher at the Academia de Música e Belas Artes Luísa Todi in Setúbal and the Conservatório Regional in Palmela. 



Luiza is a soprano, currently in her last year of the Master’s program at Conservatorium van Amsterdam under Sasja Hunnego. The most prominent projects she participated are Opera Gala of A Festa do Avante 2010, a portuguese summer festival where she sung for an audience of over 30 000 people.  She collaborated with Teatro Praga, a Portuguese theatre company, in the Turbo Folk play presented at the São Luiz Theatre in Lisbon. She sang the John Rutter Requiem and Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore both recorded by the national radio Antena 2. Luiza made her opera debut as Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, presented at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra.  She performed the role of Elle in the Poulenc’s opera La Voix Humaine of Francis Poulenc at Akoesticum. She attended masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Ira Siff, Magreete Hönig, Christianne Stotijn, Yvonne Minton, among others. Luiza was also a member of the world famous Gulbenkian Choir and with it she has performed throughout Europe having been conducted by Bertrand de Billy, John Nelson, Esa Pekka-Salonen, G. Rozhdestvensky, Thomas Hengelbrock, Simone Young, among others. Luiza grew up in Moldova and Portugal, and has been studying in Amsterdam since 2012. 
She is fluent in Romanian, Russian, English, Portuguese. Luiza is also a trained pianist and a choir conductor in Amsterdam.


Diogo Andrade is one of the most promising Portuguese guitarists of his generation. During the last years, he has performed solo and chamber recitals in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Holland. He was awarded in national and international contests, participated in several festivals and collaborated with RTP1, Antena 2 and Radio Punto and Limbug1. He participated in masterclasses with renowned professors such as Pedro Rodrigues, Paulo Vaz de Carvalho, Dejan Ivanovic, Michel Sadanowsky, Margarita Escarpa, Jeremy Jouve, Judicael Perroy, Lorenzo Micheli, Andrea de Vitis, Goran Krivokapić, Jérôme Ducharme and Marcin Dylla.
He began his studies in classical guitar at the Conservatório de Música de São José in Guarda, studying with Professor Hugo Simões. In 2013, Mr. Andrade graduated for the conservatory with the highest honors. Mr. Andrade holds a Master Degree form the Conservatorium Maastricht, where he studied with prestigious professor Carlo Marchione and Professor Roman Krejci. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Maastricht Guitar Society. He was awarded the Merit Scholarship of the Conservatorium Maastricht Foundation (2015/2016). He is currently a professor at United World College - Maastricht. Diogo Andrade plays guitars of the Greek luthier Alkis Efthimiadis and uses D'Addario / Savarez chords.


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Acclaimed Italian composer Mario Pagotto serves as professor of composition at the Jacopo Tomadini National Conservatory in Udine, Italy. As a winner of numerous Italian and international competitions, his music has been performed in acclaimed festival and concert seasons all over the world, such as the Biennale (Trieste, ITA); Sonopoli (Venice, ITA), Festival Internazionale di Venezia della Pietà (Venice, ITA), Soliste de l’atelier instrumental du XXe Siécle (Lyon, France); Chromas “Trieste Prima” (Trieste, ITA), Rive Gauche (Turin, ITA), Festival di Musica contemporanea (Peking), Rai Nuova Musica 2004 (Turin, ITA), Nuovi Spazi Musicali (Rome, ITA), Sentieri Selvaggi (Milan, ITA), Stagione Orchestra Sinfonica Verdi (Milan, ITA), Vociferazioni (Trento, ITA), Stagione dell’Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto (Padua, ITA), and cities such as Wien, London, Istanbul, New York, Boston, Baltimore and many other. Pagotto's music has been commissioned by Symphony Orchestra "G. Verdi " (Milan, ITA), Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai (Turin, ITA), Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto (Padua, ITA), Ex Novo Ensemble, and Virtuoso Soloists of New York (New York, USA). His works have been broadcasted by Rai Radio 3, V Canale Filodiffusione and Rai Sat. Pagotto holds degrees in Musicology, Composition and Choral-Conducting. He studied with Alessandro Solbiati and Franco Donatoni, at the Accademia Chigiana (Siena, ITA). He has given masterclasses at Universität Mozarteun (Salzburg, Austria), Krakow Music Academy (Krakow, Poland), Conservatorio Superior de Musica Joaquim Rodrigo (Valencia, Spain), and Academy of Music (Ljubljana, Slovenia).