Adriano Aguiar

A bass player with a career centered on orchestral activity, Adriano was a member of the Symphony Orchestras of the RDP/Porto (1978-1985), of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (1985-1992) and since 1996 he has been Assistant Section Coordinator at the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa.

He studied double bass with Augusto Fortuna, Alejandro Erlich-Oliva and Iouri Axenov.

He has a degree in double bass from the ESML and a PhD in Music and Musicology from the University of Évora.

His has a particular interest in Chamber Music. In this context, he has been part of several ensembles (Oficina Musical, Quarteto de Contrabass de Lisboa, Contr’Orquestra), especially Duo Contracello (with cellist Miguel Rocha) and the Avondano Ensemble.

Highlights of his solo work include performances with the Orquestra D. Fernando II and the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Bottesini’s Passione Amorosa, with Pedro Wallenstein); with the Orchestra of the Professional Music School of Espinho (Goleminov Concert); with the Lopes-Graça Quartet (Portuguese repertoire from the 19th century); with the pianist João Paulo Santos, he presented the Hindemith Sonata and a recital at the Dias da Música at the CCB, in April 2013, entitled “Bottesini in Lisbon”.

Adriano has trained several students at the Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho and at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra.

Since 2012 he has been a double bass teacher at the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas (ESART), having also given Masterclasses regularly throughout his career.