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Hortênsia Music Festival

16th - 20th 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: 16th – 20th July 2022

Arrival date: 15th July
Departure date: 21st July

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.

Lessons: Each student / ensemble will receive 3 lessons, plus public performance opportunities.
Lessons can be given in English, Portuguese and German.

Final Concert: All the participants are invited to perform at the final concert of the festival, which will take place on the 20th of July.


Solo Participants: 100€
   *Internal Students of EBS Tomás de Borba & EBI da Praia da Vitória: 60€

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

Solo + Chamber music: 130€
   *Internal Students: 90€

Passive participants: Free entrance


Angra do Heroísmo has a variety of accommodation options. The Hortênsia Music Festival has an agreement with two wonderful local accommodations listed below, offering discounted prices for participants: Memória Boutique Hostel and My Angra Charming House.

Location: Rua da Miragaia, 15, 9700-124‬ Angra do Heroísmo, Ilha Terceira, Açores
Contacts: ‪+351 967‬ ‪874 105‬ | ‪+351 295 215 250‬

My Angra Charming House
Location: Rua de São Pedro 168, 9700-187 | Angra do Heroísmo
Contacts: (+351) 96 350 50 87

Please contact them directly or write to for more information.

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Applications for the 2022 Hortênsia Music Festival are currently closed.


Phone: (+351) 91 676 48 70

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Rui Caria
Taras Kharambura
Rebeca Roxo Couto
Hannes Liebminger

Tamila Kharambura

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.

William Grigg

Will is an Australian-born violinist, living in Cologne, Germany. He is a member of the Gürzenich-Orchestra in Cologne, and plays in the Bayreuther Festspiele.

Will grew up in Melbourne where he studied at the University of Melbourne with Fintan Murphy and Elizabeth Sellars. In 2009 he moved to Cologne to continue his studies with Gorjan Kosuta at the Cologne University for Music and Dance and Yamei Yu at the Robert Schumann Music School in Düsseldorf, where he completed his Masters Degree with distinction. He has participated in masterclasses with Christoph Poppen, Ida Bieler, Jean Jacques Kantorow and Stephan Picard, amongst others, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bertha Jorgensen Exhibition and the Welsford Smithers Travelling Scholarship.

Alongside his work in the orchestra he is an avid chamber musician and loves to cook.

Paul Tulloch

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.

Claudia Chan

Hailed as the new “Ambassador for New Music” (The Ottawa Citizen) and proclaimed “dazzling” (Classicagenda) and “brilliant” (Piano News), pianist Claudia Chan is known as one of the foremost young interpreters of contemporary music and has been praised for a “piano playing that moves seemingly effortlessly between often hair-raising (but never self-indulgent) virtuosity and sublime sound development” (Fono Forum). Her thoughtful interpretations of music from Brahms to Boulez and beyond have been heard in major concert halls in Canada, the US, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and South Korea, as well as on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio France, and all major German radio stations.

From ‪2017-2020‬, Claudia was Artist-in-Residence of the contemporary music department at the famed Fondation Royaumont in France, where she organized and presented concerts, interdisciplinary projects, and gave a series of lecture-recitals on contemporary piano music. For her work, she has been featured in an episode of CBC’s Next! as one of 8 up-and-coming young musicians from Canada, been profiled by the Huffington Post, and awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Deutscher Musikrat, and the Dörken Stiftung. Since relocating to Germany, she has been heard as soloist and chamber musician at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Acht Brücken Festival (Cologne), Tongyeong International Music Festival (South Korea), the MATA Festival (New York City), the Klangspuren Schwaz Festival, the Festival Musica Strasbourg, the 21C Festival (Toronto), the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the New Creations Festival (Toronto), the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, and PianoCity Milan and founded the award-winning new music quartet BRuCH, who have been invited to play at major festivals and profiled by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Deutschlandfunk.

She has given masterclasses and workshops at conservatories and universities across Canada, the United States, France, and Germany. Claudia has worked closely with such composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Georg Friedrich Haas, Philippe Leroux, Hans Thomalla, Unsuk Chin, Johannes Schöllhorn, Oliver Schneller, Vassos Nicolaou, Brian Current, and Alice Ho, and been the dedicatee of works by many young, exciting composers.

Also active as a conductor, Claudia has been appointed musical director of the premiere of a new chamber opera from Georg Friedrich Haas at the Konzert Theater Bern in Switzerland in 2022. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, studying with David Louie and John Perry, her Master’s of Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Dr. Florence Millet, graduated with highest honours from the Master’s of New Piano Music in the class of Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, after which she obtained a Konzertexamen with Distinction in contemporary chamber music with BRuCH, under the direction of Prof. Barbara Maurer, as the ensemble-in-residence at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen. In fall 2018, Claudia joined the piano faculty of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

Her debut solo CD, “Thoughts about the Piano”, featuring music by Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis, Philippe Leroux and pieces commissioned for her by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Matthew Chamberlain and Mael Bailly, was released on B Records (France) in March 2021 to much acclaim, being named CD of the week by Radio France, and awarded 5 stars from Diapason, Classica, and Fono Forum shortly thereafter.