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Hortênsia Music Festival

July 2022

Terceira, Azores - Portugal

The Hortênsia Music Festival is a yearly classical music festival located in the beautiful UNESCO world heritage city of Angra do Heroísmo on the island of Terceira, Azores.

Since 2017 Angra do Heroísmo has been the summer meeting point for a group of passionate professional musicians, both Portuguese and international. Over the course of this festival they offer diverse chamber music concerts and lead daily masterclasses for students of all ages. Such an environment of shared knowledge and artistic experiences creates opportunities for young music students to develop their capacities under professional guidance.

Through concerts and lessons, which are all open to the public, the Hortênsia Music Festival aims to promote the artistic interaction within the community by bringing together children, youth and adults around a common love for music.

The festival is made possible by the continuing generous support of the Câmara Municipal de Angra do Heroísmo and the Escola Básica e Secundária Tomás de Borba de Angra do Heroísmo.


The festival’s concerts typically present a varied repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the Contemporary, with a focus on Classical and Romantic composers. The invited musicians come together in various chamber music ensembles, such as duos with piano, string trios, piano quartets and quintets.

The concerts take place in a number of beautiful locations, including historic churches, the iconic Salão Nobre dos Paços do Concelho and the Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo.

Tamila Kharambura, Paul Tulloch, Fernando Costa - Trio
Piano Masterclass


Our masterclass offers a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages to develop their musical abilities through daily individual lessons with experienced teachers and performers. In addition to their solo instrumental lessons, students can apply for chamber music coaching, which gives them a valuable experience in playing together with other participants of the festival.

The lessons are held at the Escola Básica e Secundária Tomás de Borba (EBSTB) de Angra do Heroísmo .


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General Information

Masterclass 2022: July 2022

Arrival date: —-  Departure date: —-

Application Deadline: 15th July 2022
Early application is advisable due to limited number of participants.

Location: All individual and chamber music lessons, as well as practice rooms, are situated at the Escola Básica e Secundária Tomás de Borba de Angra do Heroísmo.

Final Concert: All the participants are invited to perform at the final concert of the festival, which will take place on the 31st of July.


Solo Participants: 80€
   *Internal students of EBSTB: 50€

Chamber music (duo, trio, quartet or quintet): 50€ per person

Solo + Chamber music: 115€

Passive participants: Free entrance


The My Angra Boutique Hostel provides modern, comfortable and well-located accommodation.

They have hosted our participants in the past years and offer a discounted price for students of the masterclass.

My Angra Boutique Hostel
Rua de São Pedro 168, 9700-187 | Angra do Heroísmo
(+351) 96 350 50 87

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If you’re under 18 or of legal age, please provide your legal guardian’s contact information.


Phone: (+351) 91 676 48 70

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Born in 1990 in Lviv, Ukraine, Tamila Kharambura began her violin studies at the age of four with her mother, Elena Kharambura. At the age of five, the family moved to Portugal, where she continued violin lessons under her mother’s guidance. She later studied with Gareguin Aroutiounian in Lisbon, with Pavel Vernikov in Italy, and received her Master’s Degree with honors from the Grazer Kunstuniversität (Austria), with Vesna Stankovic-Moffatt. Currently, Tamila is attending a Post-Graduate Degree with Albena Danailova at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna.

Tamila frequently performs as a soloist with various orchestras in Portugal and Ukraine, presents regular recitals and chamber music concerts within Europe, and plays in various orchestras in Austria and Portugal. She held a temporary position as Assistant Concertmaster with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in 2018, as well as in recent years being a regular Tutti guest with KammerOrchester Wien, Volksoper Wien and Gulbenkian Orchestra. Since 2016 she holds a teaching position at the university Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal).

Tamila has presented herself as a soloist in a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary. As a soloist she has performed with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Porto, the Metropolitana Lisbon Orchestra, the Lviv Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra of the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, under the direction of maestros Garry Walker, Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Serguiy Burko, Osvaldo Ferreira, Pedro Neves, Vasco Azevedo, Luís Carvalho, Miguel Henriques and David Wyn Lloyd. As an active performer of contemporary music she premiered and recorded in 2016 the Violin Concerto by acclaimed Portuguese composer António Pinho Vargas.

She has received prizes in various national and international competitions, such as the competition “Prémio Jovens Músicos RDP 2011” (1st prize, Portugal), the Young Musician of the Year Award 2011 (Portugal), and the International Festival of Musical Performance and Pedagogics in 2005 (Grand-Prix, Portugal).

Tamila is also an avid chamber musician in a variety of ensembles, having collaborated with such artists as Diemut Poppen, Maria-Elisabeth Lott, Tanja Becker-Bender, Alexander Lonquich, Matan Porat, Alexander Chausian and Pavel Gomziakov (during the Festival Cantabile, 2012 and 2019), as well as with Julian Arp, Christian Euler, Vesna Stankovic-Moffatt, Anna Ulaieva, Paul Tulloch, Fernando Costa, and Inês Andrade. Together with pianist Anna Ulaieva, she has performed in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, and Portugal.

She has attended masterclasses under the direction of Gareguin Aroutiounian, Zahar Bron, Nora Chastain, Rainer Honeck, Pavel Vernikov, Gerhard Schulz, Alexei Mihlin, Vesna Stankovic- Moffatt, Sergey Kravchenko, Georgiy Pavliy, Daniel Garlitsky, Liana Issakadze, Svetlana Makarova, Igor Volochine, Robert Davidovici, Pierre Amoyal, and Robert Levin.

Having a passion for education and pedagogic work, Tamila co-founded in 2017 the Hortênsia Music Festival, a masterclass and concert series set in the Azores, Portugal.

Born in 1986 in Melbourne, Australia, violist Paul Tulloch performs within Europe while currently living in Portugal. Paul presents himself in a number of musical settings, with the scope of his performances ranging from solo to chamber and orchestral engagements. He is a regular guest with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, performing with such conductors as David Zinman, Michael Boder, Lawrence Foster, Lorenzo Viotti, David Afkam, Giancarlo Guerrera, Hannu Lintu and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. He has toured Austria, France, and Germany, having performed in the Beethovenfest Bonn.

Paul is currently enrolled in Konzertexamen with Diemut Poppen at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany). He has previously furthered his musical development with Samuel Barsegian (Principal Violist of the Orquestra Gulbenkian), Matthias Maurer (former Principal Violist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Mario Gheorgiu (Principal Violist of the ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien) and Tobias Lea (Principal Violist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra).

Having undertaken his studies in both violin and viola, Paul received his Master’s Degree with distinction from the Florida International University (FIU), USA, where he worked as Violin Teaching Assistant to Robert Davidovici (2009- 2012). From 2012 to 2015 he studied violin with Ida Bieler at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz in Austria. His Bachelor Degree was completed in his hometown, at the University of Melbourne, under violinists Nelli Shkolnikova, Robert Davidovici, and Elizabeth Sellars.

He was Concertmaster of the FIU Symphony Orchestra, working with conductor Grzegorz Nowak, Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London. Paul was awarded both the “Instrumental Excellence Scholarship Award” (2009) and the “Herbert Wertheim Scholarship” (2011) by the Florida International University for his leadership of several Baroque ensembles and his frequent collaboration with young composers, in addition to his own solo accomplishments.

He has worked with such chamber music mentors as Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet, Stephen Goerner of the Carmina Quartet, Chia Chou of the Parnassus Trio, Michael Klotz of the Amernet String Quartet and Robert Davidovici. He collaborates regularly with pianists Anna Ulaieva and Karina Aksenova and performs in a string trio with cellist Fernando Costa and violinist Tamila Kharambura.

In 2017 Paul co-founded the annual Hortênsia Music Festival in the Azores, Portugal, a festival orientated towards musical education through a series of masterclasses and concerts. Also in 2017, Paul gave masterclasses at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal, as part of their Festival de Cordas, and in 2018 he gave masterclasses in Vienna, organized by the Melbourne Chamber Strings.

Apart from his instrumental playing, Paul is a well-experienced singer, having been a member of the internationally celebrated Choir of Trinity College Chapel, Melbourne. Paul gained much of his early musical training as a chorister from the age of 7 in the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, one of the most widely recognized cathedral choirs in Australia.

Fernando Costa has been claimed as “a safe value of the new generation of performers in Portugal” (Casa da Música, Oporto). A young cellist whose recognition and prestigious awards are the result of his emotional resonant performances, marked by a strong presence on stage and an expressive and musical sensitivity combined
with a dynamic and impulsive style.

Portuguese cellist born in 1991 started his cello studies with Valter Mateus and finished his Bachelor’s (2013) with maximum classification at Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE, Oporto) in Jed Barahal’s class. In 2015 he has finished his Master’s Degree in Music Performance under the guidance of the prestigious cellist Antonio Meneses at Hochschule der Künste Bern, in Switzerland.

As a soloist he has performed with Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra do Norte, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Orquestra Sinfonieta da Esmae and others. His concerts always range from solo to chamber music having, currently, a regular musical activity in Portugal and abroad. As recent projects stand out the tours in EUA, China
and South Africa and the participation in several Music Festivals like in Portugal, Germany, France, and Italy.

He held a scholarship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from 2013 until 2015 and he’s nowadays represented by KNS Artists, being recently published his second CD release – Revelação – for the label Decurio.

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The Ukrainian-Austrian pianist Anna Ulaieva began her musical studies at the age of 5, receiving instrumental lessons on both violin and piano. After having won a number of competition prizes by the age of 11 for highly gifted children on both instruments, Anna chose the piano as her main instrument and started taking piano lessons with Prof. Nina Naiditsch at the “M.V. Lysenko” high school for gifted children in Kiev (Ukraine). She then continued her piano studies at the “Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music” in Kiev with Yuri Kot and graduated with distinction. As a laureate of the “New Names of Ukraine” program, her exceptional talent was honored by a scholarship awarded by the President of Ukraine. From 2009 she completed her piano studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria) with Prof. Milana Chernyavska and graduated in 2017 with excellent results.

Anna Ulaieva has won prizes at numerous renowned international competitions. Her greatest success to date is the 1st prize at the “Malta International Piano Competition 2018”. More than 720 pianists from more than 70 nations competed in the largest competition series in the world to win the largest prize money in competition history (1st prize 100,000€). Another milestone in her remarkable career was to receive a Blüthner Grand Piano as 1st prize after winning the Blüthner Golden Tone Award 2013. Further competition successes include A. Scriabin Piano Competition Grosseto (2nd prize, 2018), German Piano Open Berlin (1st prize, 2017), Brahms Klavierwettbewerb Detmold (1st prize, 2017), Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition (2nd prize, 2017), Blüthner Golden Tone Award, (1st Prize, 2013), Josef Dichler – Piano Competition (1st Prize 2011), Jeune Talents (1st Prize 2011) as well as Martha Debelli Competition in the categories piano solo and chamber music piano quartet in Graz (1st Prize 2009,2011,2013).  Now she is herself a sought after jury member at numerous international music competitions. Most recently at competitions in Serbia and Ukraine.

Anna Ulaieva made her solo debut in Kiev in 2001 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine. Since then she has performed solo recitals and chamber and orchestra concerts all over the world and is a frequent guest at various festivals. She regularly performs with renowned orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, Kiev Virtuosi Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and such conductors as Dmitry Jablonski and Christian Jarvi. Her live CD recording of Tchaikovsky’s Seasons and Prokofiev’s sonatas confirms her artistic and pianistic abilities.

Anna Ulaieva is a lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where she leads
the highly gifted and preparation piano class. She also teaches at masterclasses in Austria, Portugal, and Ukraine.

A special concern of Anna’s is the advancement of highly gifted children and juveniles. In order to address this, she founded the master class “Gifted in Music” Kapfenberg ( and acts as its artistic director.