October Concerts

Published: September 19, 2020

October 20th and 22nd Mikhail Shumov, cello and Zachary Spontak, violin

Mikhail Shumov

Mikhail Shumov was born in Moscow where he studied with Zoia Kuimova and Igor Gavrysh Gavrysh. In 2012 he graduated with distinction from Royal College of Music in London, under the tutelage of Aleksander Boyarsky, where he was  awarded the “Ivor James, Helen Just, Mrs. Will Gordon, Thelma Reiss and Stuart Knussen Prize” at the RCM Cello Competition. He attended many competitions and was awarded several prizes, such as the first prize in the International Competition ‘Teacher and student’ in Moscow in 2000,   and first prize at the International Competition «Premio Citta Di Padova» (piano quartet) in Italy in 2008. Mikhail has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in several venues in Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia.  In Canada he participated in the Banff Summer Arts Festival. He also had the opportunity to work with renowned musicians such as Natalia Gutman and Stefan Popov. He joined the “Orquestra Classica do Sul” in the Algarve  in 2013, where he currently holds the post as principal cellist .  He presently is teaching in Conservatorio de Música de Loulé – “Francisco Rosado”.  He lives in Faro with his wife, the pianist  Joanna Viera Shumova. .


Zachary Spontak is the new Concertmaster of the ‘Orquestra Clássica do Sul’ here in the Algarve.

Called a “natural leader”, Zachary collaborated in performances with master artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Sir Simon Rattle, and Maxim Vengerov. He won First Prize at the Carnegie Hall Global Music Partnership International Competition, Pro Artists International Competition, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and was named Young Alaskan Artist of the Year in 2015. He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, and Fairbanks Symphony, among others.

 Zachary engages in music outreach, realising that many young people do not have access to structured musical education. From 2016-2018, he worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina, performing and teaching in disadvantaged areas of the city. Zachary is a teaching artist with “Musaid”, an organization that connects musicians across the globe through educational exchanges. As Director of Education at the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, he was involved in bringing artists and students together for intensive learning and performing each summer in Anchorage, Alaska.

Zachary has a Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music in London, gained under the mentorship of renowned violinist Detlef Hahn. Other mentors include Paul Kantor, Roland and Almita Vamos, Dr. Gail Johansen, and Jean Krause.

Zachary recently arrived in Portugal and lives in Faro with his wife Luísa, a classical singer.

Tuesday,  Oct 20, 2020

Suite for Cello solo in d minor No.2                                J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)

I.     Prelude

           II.    Allemande

           III.   Courante

           IV.   Sarabande

           V.    Menuett I

           VI.   Menuett II

           VII.  Gigue

2 Caprices for violin solo Op.1                                         N. Paganini (1782-1840)

No. 1   Andante

No. 11 Andante/Presto/Andante                                                   

3 Duets for Violin and Cello in C Major                          L. v Beethoven (1770-1827)

  1. Allegro commodo
  2. Larghetto sostenuto
  3. Rondo. Allegretto

8 Pieces for violin and cello op. 39                                      R. Glière (1875-1956)

I.     Prelude

           II.    Gavotte

           III.   Bereceuse

           IV.   Canzonetta

           V.    Intermezzo

           VI.   Impromptu

           VII.  Scherzo

           VIII. Etude


Thursday,  Oct 22, 2020

Sonata for violin solo in g minor                                          J.S.Bach (1685-1750)

I.     Adagio

           II.    Fuga

           III.   Siciliana

           IV.   Presto

3 Caprices for Cello solo                                                      A. Piatti (1822-1901)

No. 1    Allegro quasi Presto

           No. 2  Andante religioso

           No. 11  Adagio

“The Red Violin” Caprices for violin solo                                     

J. Corigliano (1938

            Theme and Variations

Sonata for Violin and Cello                                                                M. Ravel (1875-1937)

  1. Allegro
  2. Tres vif
  3. Lent
  4. Vif, avec entrain

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