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Rui C. Antunes is a is a portuguese violinist and composer residing in Leipzig. He currently studies composition with Fabien Lévy and violin (as minor) with Carolin Widmann  in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT) in Leipzig, Germany. He finished his violin studies (2021) with excellence in the HMT in the class of Prof. Friedemann Wezel. Previously, he studied violin with Prof. Aníbal Lima at the National Superior Academy of Orchestra (ANSO), in Lisbon, where he also finished his bachelor in violin with excellence (2017).

He had his debut as a composer in 2016, and has since collected several prizes both as a violinist and as a composer. His music has already been played in Portugal, Spain, Germany, and Belgium. He regularly plays with several orchestras and contemporary music ensembles in Germany and Portugal.

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Rui C. Antunes (1995, Torres Novas) begun his musical studies at age 7 in the Choral Phydellius Music Conservatory (violin). Later, studied also piano and singing, enrolling yet in the discipline of Composition Analysis and Technics with Professor Jorge Pereira, beginning to compose by then. 

In 2013 joined the National Superior Academy of Orchestra (Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra) in Lisbon, Portugal, where he studied with Prof. Aníbal Lima in his violin class, finishing his bachelor with excellence in 2017. The same year, he enrolled in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany, where he studied violin with Prof. Friedemann Wezel, finishing his second bachelor in 2019 and his Master in Violin Performance in 2021, both with excellence and top mark on the final violin examinations. He currently studies composition at the HMT-Leipzig with Fabien Lévy.

He regulary cooperates with contemporary music ensembles and orchestras such as: Lisbon Ensemble XX/XXI, (Con)temporary (In)sights, Mpmp Ensemble, OrquestraXXI, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra de Câmara de Almada, Lisbon Film Orchestra.

He had his debut as a composer in 2016, and has since collected several prizes both as a violinist and as a composer and his music has so far been played in Portugal, Spain, Germany, and Belgium.

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Rui C. Antunes (1995, Torres Novas) begun his musical studies at age 7 in the Choral Phydellius Music Conservatory (violin). Later, studied also piano and singing, enrolling yet in the discipline of Composition Analysis and Technics with Professor Jorge Pereira, beginning to compose by then. 

In 2013 joined the National Superior Academy of Orchestra (Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra) in Lisbon, Portugal, where he studied with Prof. Aníbal Lima in his violin class, finishing his bachelor with excellence in 2017. The same year, he enrolled in the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” (HMT) in Leipzig, Germany, where he studied violin with Prof. Friedemann Wezel, finishing his second bachelor in 2019 and his Master in Violin Performance in 2021, both with excellence and top mark on the final violin examinations. He currently studies composition at the HMT-Leipzig with Fabien Lévy.

In the field of Chamber Music studied with Paul Wakabayashy, Artur Pizarro, Frank Reinecke, Hanns-Martin Schreiber, Caspar Franz, Boris Kusnezow, and Florian Schötz.

He took part in Violin Masterclass with Benjamin Schmid, Jack Liebeck, FriedemannWezel, Aníbal Lima, and Roberto Valdés; and Chamber Music with Étienne Lamaison, Marie-Luise Neunecker and Isabel Charisius. Additionally he had private lessons with Carolin Widmann, Heime Müller, Erich Höbarth, Daniel Sepec, Noé Inui, Kathrin Ten-Hagen, H.W. Mehling, Roberto Valdés, Ana Pereira.

At the same time of his first Bachelor year he studied in the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional, in the Singing Class of the professor Filomena Amaro. 

He regulary cooperates with contemporary music ensembles and orchestras such as: Lisbon Ensemble XX/XXI, (Con)temporary (In)sights, Mpmp Ensemble, OrquestraXXI, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra de Câmara de Almada, Lisbon Film Orchestra.

He had his debut as a composer in 2016, and has since collected several prizes both as a violinist and as a composer and his music has so far been played in Portugal, Spain, Germany, and Belgium.

Awards & Prizes

2021

2019

2017

2016

Especial Prize for the best interpretation of Bach, advanced level - violin, 6. National String Competition "Vasco Barbosa“ | Lisbon (Portugal)

Half-Finalist: "Prémio Jovens Músicos“, advanced level - violin | video recording (Portugal)

1st Prize and Audience Award, 12th International Composition Competition of Póvoa de Varzim | Póvoa de Varzim (Portugal)

Awarded piece: Dois Personagens Portugueses

Half-Finalist: "Prémio Jovens Músicos“, advanced level - violin | Lisbon (Portugal) 

Honourable Mention, advanced level - violin, 2. National String Competition "Vasco Barbosa“ | Lisbon (Portugal)

 
 

CV

 

2021-Present (Leipzig)

Master in Composition

HMT “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”

Prof. Fabien Lévy

2021-2022 (Leipzig)

Secondary subject in Violin

HMT “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”

Prof. Carolin Widmann

(final violin examination – 1,0 points)

2020-2021 (Leipzig)

Secondary subject in Composition

HMT “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”

Prof. Fabien Lévy

2019-2021 (Leipzig)

Master in Performance Violin

HMT “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”

Prof. Friedemann Wezel

(final violin examination – 1,0 points)

2017-2019 (Leipzig)

Bachelor in Violin

HMT “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”

Prof. Friedemann Wezel

(final violin examination – 1,0 points)

2013-2017 (Lisbon)

Bachelor, specialization in Orchestra Musician

"Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra"

Prof. Aníbal Lima

(final violin examination – 20/20 points)