"5 Encores for Beethoven" marks Beethoven's 250th birthday, establishing a bridge between the past and the present, with the commission and world premiere of 5 new musical compositions from current day Portuguese composers.
In 2020 we celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday!
Given the importance and relevance of Beethoven in music history, his 250th birthday is being celebrated around the world. As a pianist and as an admirer of his works, I decided to create an original project for this occasion; one that would establish a bridge between the past and the present, to serve as a connection with the music of our days.
"5 Encores for Beethoven" presents 5 new compositions for piano written specifically for this anniversary by Portuguese composers of my generation. Composers include: Nuno da Rocha, Tiago Cabrita, Luís Soldado, Gonçalo Gato, and Tiago Derriça. Each new and original piece will be performed as an encore after one of the 5 Beethoven Piano Concertos. Performances will take place throughout the year in several different cities in Portugal.
As a donor, you will have an active role in celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday. As well, you will help support the creation and distribution of new artistic works by Portuguese composers. These new musical compositions will be available in print through Ava Musical Editions and a recording of the pieces will be made available on Youtube.
About the author
Pianist Marta Menezes has dedicated several projects to the dissemination of Portuguese music, in Portugal and abroad. In 2013, she received 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition Nice - Côte D'Azur "Simone Delbert-Février" and won the Beethoven Competition at the Royal College of Music in London. Marta has received several additional awards in international competitions in Portugal, Spain and France.
She has presented recitals as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, in the United States, Cape Vert and China. As a soloist, she performed with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orchestre Régional de Cannes, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Symphony Orchestra from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Camerata MusArt, Camerata Amicis, among others, under conductors such as Nicolas Simon, Pedro Neves, Nikolay Lalov, Vasco Azevedo, Gareguin Aratiounian, Carlos Silva, and Louis Lohraseb.
Marta was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor and Distinction - "Medalha de Prata de Valor e Distinção"- by the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon in acknowledgement of her artistic accomplishments in 2014. In 2015 she released her first CD, which received an award at Global Music Awards, in the USA.
She holds a Bachelor degree from Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, under Miguel Henriques, and a Master of Music from the same institution, under the tutelage of Miguel Henriques and Jorge Moyano, having completed the course with the highest grade. She completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction, under Dmitri Alexeev. Marta is finising her Doctoral studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under Arnaldo Cohen, with a dissertation about "Works for Piano and Orchestra by Portuguese Composers".
February 8th - Teatro Virgínia, Torres Novas. Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa
February 9th - Teatro Thalia, Lisbon.Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa
March 1st - Cine-Teatro Paraíso, Tomar. Orquestra Sinfónica de Thomar
March 28th - Centro Cultural Raiano, Idanha-a-Nova. Orquestra Sem Fronteiras
May 23rd - Cine-Teatro São Pedro, Alcanena. Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil
Budget and due dates
The amount raised is intended to support the costs of: commissioning the score, editing, revising and printing the score, professional audio recording of the 5 pieces, campaign rewards (including shipping cost) and crowdfunding fees.
January to December: performance of Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos, and world premiere of the 5 Encores.
April: recording of Encores nos. 1, 2 and 3
November: recording of Encores nos. 4 and 5
December 2020: edition of the score by AvA Musical Editions (after the premiere of all Encores).
Delivered at the conclusion of the crowdfunding, except in the case of the score, which will be sent in December 2020, after all the works have been premiered by the pianist.