Carlos Damas is a notable Portuguese violinist.
During the last few years he has been grounding a brilliant international career. The Gramophone magazine describes Carlos Damas art with the following words: “Top technical marks…Portuguese violinist Carlos Damas boasts a clear, ringing tone and impressive dexterity.” The Strad magazine says: “…Portuguese virtuoso Carlos Damas is closer to the modern sensibilities and sound world of Thomas Zehetmair and Gidon Kremer…Damas with lightning technical reflexes and tonal flexibility…possesses a Szeryng-like finesse.”
At the age of 6 years old he moved to Lisbon and starts his violin studies with professors Vasco Brôco, Alexandra Mendes and Leonor Prado (student of Carl Flesch).
He was 15 years old when he made his first performance as a soloist, with Portuguese National Brodcasting Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Lived in Paris where he had Jacqueline Lefèvre and Master Ivry Gitlis for teachers. During that time he met frequently with Sir Yehudi Menhuin, who gave him advice regarding not only the artistic milieu but also concerning violin playing.
Carlos Damas premiered in Paris the Concerto for Violin and orchestra by the Portuguese composer Luís de Freitas Branco.
In 1997, he was granted the privilege of being the only western musician invited to play at the Fifth Arts Festival of the People’s Republic of China.
Mr. Damas was invited by UNESCO (Melody Dialogue Association), to play as a soloist in several multicultural concerts, representing Portugal.
Composer Sérgio Azevedo dedicated him one of his sonatas for solo, as well the piece for violin and orchestra "Reflections on a Portuguese Lullaby".
Carlos Damas album, “Modern Solo Violin Music” was acclaimed by specialized worldwide critics and was awarded as best record by ARTEtv. His Fritz Kreisler album, was considered by TheStrad magazine as one of the best Kreisler cd’s available on the market.
Among many other orchestras, Carlos Damas played as soloist with the Portuguese Symphony Radio Orchestra, Jeune Philarmonie du Val de Marne, Camerata de St. Severin, Orchestre Internationale de la Cité, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Macau Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of Madeira, Prague Philarmonic Orchestra, St. Luke’s Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra.
Performed as soloist in several famous concert halls as Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot (Paris), Unesco Main Concert Hall, Calouste de Gulbenkian Foundation, Lee Hysan Concert Hall of Hong-Kong, Ville Louvigy Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg..
At the moment Mr. Damas recorded for the labels Dux, Brilliant Classics, Naxos and Etcetera.
Carlos Damas has a Master in Musical Arts and a Phd in Psychology and Education of Music. Was member of the Board of Direction at the National Academy of Advanced Orchestral Studies.
Carlos Damas violin is a G. B. Gabrielli made in Firenze in 1753.
Carlos Damas is invited Assistant Professor at Universidade de Évora, Portugal.