The International Festival of the Azores (FIA) returns to Faial, from 7 to 14 September, with a 16th edition dedicated to the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and his relationship with the island, and pianist Nelson Freire.


September 7

6:00 p.m. – Opening of the exhibition and festival | Auditorium of the Public Library and Regional Archive João José da Graça.

It includes a partnership with the library’s educational service and Horta’s school board. 7.00 p.m. – Tribute to Heitor Villa-Lobos, with pianist Nelson Freire and soprano Regina Freire, Bachianas Villa-Lobos (in collaboration with Conservatório Faialense) | Teatro Faialense.

8th September

10:30 a.m. – Trekking and observation of endemic plants in Faial island, by a local biologist (to be designated).

7:00 p.m. – H4NDS Duo, with pianists António Silva and Tiago Nunes | Teatro Faialense.

Programme dedicated to the piano 4-hands repertoire with works by Schubert, Grieg and Dvorack.

9th September

10:30 a.m. – Observation of the biodiversity of the island with a reforestation action by the Regional Secretary for the Environment of the Azores.

7 p.m. – Constantin Sandu | Teatro Faialense.

Constantin Sandu developed under the influence of his Romanian masters – Sonia Ratescu, Constantin Nitu and, later, Constantin Ionescu-Vovu at the Higher Conservatory of Music “C. Porumbescu” of Bucharest – and of several other outstanding individualities – Sequeira Costa, Dimitri Bashkirov, Helena Sá e Costa and Tânia Achot. This recital will be dedicated to the composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and his contemporaries.

10th September

10.00 – 13.00 – Piano Masterclass by Leonardo Hildsdorf for students of Conservatório Regional do Faial.

10.30 a.m. – Walking tour of the island with a local guide (to be arranged).

4:30 p.m. – Conference: Cross-ways between Brazil and the Azores, by Dr. Jorge Forjaz | Casa Memória Manuel de Arriaga.

7:00 p.m. – Singing and piano recital with Regina Freire (soprano) and Luísa Tender (pianist) | Teatro Faialense.

This concert will be dedicated to the Azorean composer Francisco Lacerda and his contemporaries Debussy and Duparc.

September 11

11.00 a.m. – The children’s corner, with Luísa Tender | Teatro Faialense.

Commented concert for families by pianist Luísa Tender with works by Debussy.

12:00 p.m. – Concert by guitarist Tifus Isfan | Casa Memória Manuel de Arriaga.

Villa Lobos is one of the most interpreted composers in the guitar repertoire. He created new technical resources and demanding revolutionary interpretative concepts that contributed to the musical development of the instrument. Works of Villa-Lobos.

7:00 pm – Recital with Adriano Jordão (pianist) and Pavel Gomziakov (cellist) | Teatro Faialense.

Works by Villa Lobos, Schubert and Beethoven
This recital will use the famous Romberg cello built in the 18th century. This instrument was part of the orchestra of the Prince Elector Archbishop of Cologne and was presented to Beethoven in 1790. This instrument valued at 3 million euros is on exclusive loan to the cellist Pavel Gomziakov.

12th September

11:00 h – Boat trip – whale watching – Pico.
13:00 h – Lunch.
15:30 – Recital of cello solo Pavel Gomziakov.
16:00 h – Wine tasting.
17:00 h – Return to Faial.

7 p.m. – Concert by pianist João Elias Soares | Casa Memória Manuel de Arriaga.

In anticipation of the celebrations of Scriabin’s 150th birthday, which will take place in 2022, this recital will be dedicated to Russian music. Given the historical connections of Pico wines with the court of the Czars, at the end of the recital there will be a wine tasting of wines from the region.

13th September

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Cello masterclass by Pavel Gomziakov for the students of Conservatório Regional do Faial.

7:00 pm – Homage to Elisabete Stewart | Teatro Faialense.

First director of Conservatório Regional do Faial.
Members of the Regional Conservatory will participate.
With the special participation of the pianist Leonardo Hilsdorf.

14th September

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Chamber music masterclass, by the pianist Adriano Jordão, for students of the Conservatório Regional do Faial.

7 p.m. – Splendour of Virtuosity on the piano Kristina Miller | Teatro Faialense.

Closing of the Festival. Piano recital with one of the greatest Russian virtuosos of our time, who will interpret the most emblematic virtuosic pieces of the piano repertoire.

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