PRESS RELEASE; October 2012 Concerts

Published: October 3, 2012







CONSTANTIN SANDU, PIANO will soon be making a very welcome return to São Lourenço. On Wednesday October 10th., 2012 Constantin will play 7 sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. This will be followed by Franz Liszt’s sonata in B Minor. On Saturday October 13th. Constantin will play 5 sonatas by Carlos Seixas and then Telmo Marques 2 Toccatas for Piano. This will be followed by two pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach.


CONSTANTIN SANDU was born in Bucharest on New Year’s day 1964 and has been resident in Portugal since 1991. He started studying the piano when he was 7. His first appearance with an orchestra was at the age of 14. In 1982 he entered the national music academy of Bucharest where he studied under the guidance of Constantin Ionescu-Vovu, the well known professor  and pianist. He concluded his academic studies in 1986, having graduated with the First Prize. In 2006 Constantin Sandu received a Ph.D. in music at Bucharest’s National Music University and his thesis was on “Portuguese Piano Music”.

Constantin has since developed an intensive international and acclaimed concert career spanning 3 decades. He has played in several festivals in France, Romania and Spain and has won several prizes. During the events that marked Porto 2001 European City of Culture, he

played Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 with the Porto National Orchestra as part of the major interpretation of this composer’s concertos with Artur Pizarro, Vladimir Viardo and Sequeira Costa. Constantin has recorded several CDs some as a soloist. He teaches piano at the Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectaculo in Porto w How to win back your ex

here he has given several masterclasses. One of his masterclass pupils was Ana Beatriz Ferreira who is the Amigos’ current sponsoree

and who is in the third year at the Royal College of Music in London. He is considered to be one of the best pianists who has ever lived in Portugal. For more information about Constantin, now a Portuguese citizen, go to his website ( ). You can listen to him playing an excerpt from Liszt’s Concerto No.1 ( ).

For more information about the concert programme please see


Concerts at the Centro Cultural São Lourenço begin at 7.30pm sharp. Doors open at 6.30pm and wine and lemonade is served from 7.00pm. During the interval wine and canapés are served. Entry is €25 for guests and non-members. For concert bookings please send an e-mail to or call Marie at 289395475.


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international group of around 100 members who support the musical activities at the Centro Cultural. The AMIGOS celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2010.


NEW YEAR’S CONCERTS. These will be on December 29, 2012 and January 5, 2013 and will feature Sunita Mamtani, Cello, Uta Kerner, Violin and Julian Riem, Piano.



The Centro Cultural is located next to the historic Church of São Lourenço, near Almancil. Lisbon’s famous Sãomamede Galeria de Arte has an exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the Centro Cultural at present (see


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