PRESS RELEASE, February, 2016

Published: February 11, 2016




The first Amigos’ concerts of 2016 will be truly exciting and varied. These will be performed by Paul Silverthorne, the distinguished British viola player and Aglaia Tarantino, the Italian pianist. On Tuesday February 16th. Paul and Aglaia will give a concert with music by Beethoven, Schubert, Britten and Brahms. On Thursday February 18th. Paul and Aglaia will play music by Tartini, Bowen, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.


Paul Silverthorne has just left the London Symphony Orchestra after 25 years as Principal viola. He has also been the principal viola of the London Sinfonietta. In January he took up the post of Professor of Viola at Soochow University in Suzhou, China where he joins the international faculty at the newly established music department.

As a soloist, Paul has performed with such conductors as Sir Colin Davis, André Previn and Sir Simon Rattle. He is particularly renowned for his interpretation of new music by leading composers of our time, many of whom have been inspired to write for him.

His many recordings appear on EMI, Naxos, Chandos and other labels. His most recent recording is of the viola concerto (Divinum Mysterium) by Kenneth Fuchs on Naxos American Classics. In addition to his teaching in China, Paul will continue his long association with the Royal Academy of Music as a visiting professor. For more information about Paul visit his website

Aglaia Tarantino is an Italian pianist living in London. As a soloist she has played with several orchestras in Italy, including the Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Piccola Sinfonica in Milan. In addition to solo recitals Aglaia has performed as a guest artist with contemporary ensembles all over Europe giving many premières. Chamber performances have taken her to many festivals in Europe and also as far Japan. She is a regular duo partner with flautist Andrea Manco and Paul Silverthorne.

As an accompanist Aglaia works regularly at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has won several national and international competitions including the Premio Schubert , Premio Tortona and Citta’ di Asti prize. During her postgraduate studies with Clifford Benson and Ian Brown at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Aglaia was awarded the ‘M. A. Garrett’ and ‘Wilfred Parry prizes’. Aglaia’s website is

For more information about the AMIGOS DE MÚSICA and concert programs please see: For concert bookings please send an e-mail to or call Cristina at 914797980.


Amigos’ de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7.00pm sharp. Doors open at 6.00pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.


The AMIGOS DE MÚSICA is an international group of around 95 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organization and celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last year.


Os Agostos is an impressive XVlll century country estate located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira. For navigation instructions go to: and then to “HOW TO GET THERE”.

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