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Cupertinos

 

Founded in 2009 by the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation (Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal), the vocal ensemble Cupertinos is dedicated almost exclusively to the Portuguese musical heritage of the 16th and 17th centuries, based on a set of world-famous composers, such as Duarte Lobo (c.1565-1646), Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650), Filipe de Magalhães (c.1571-1652), and Pedro de Cristo (c.1550-1618).

With an annual average of over fifteen concerts, the Cupertinos have already presented around two hundred and fifty works, including over one hundred modern premieres. With an unprecedented performative approach, several of these unpublished works have been transcribed from the original sources by the members of the Cupertinos themselves under the guidance of the musical director of the group, Luís Toscano, and the musicologist Professor José Abreu (University of Coimbra and ESMAE).

Besides the International Festival of Portuguese Polyphony that they host, the Cupertinos have participated in renowned music festivals, namely: Ciclo de Requiem de Coimbra, Festival Internacional de Música Religiosa de Guimarães, Ciclo de Música Sacra da Igreja Românica de São Pedro de Rates, Cistermúsica – Festival de Música de Alcobaça, Ciclo ‘Espaços da Polifonia’, Jornadas Polifónicas Internacionales ‘Ciudad de Ávila’, West Coast Early Music Festival, Bolzano Festival Bozen and Temporada Música em São Roque. Recent and future commitments include their debut in the United Kingdom in the ‘Choral at Cadogan’ series of concerts, and performances at the Wigmore Hall, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg and Haapsalu Early Music Festival.

Increasingly renowned as true ambassadors of Portuguese Polyphony, Cupertinos have seen this epithet greatly enhanced by the recent release of their albums, dedicated to Manuel Cardoso and Duarte Lobo. Released by the prestigious label Hyperion, these CDs are a regular presence on classical radio stations across the world, and have been praised by the specialized press (BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, Choir & Organ, Chorzeit). Cupertinos won their first award with the inclusion in the ‘Bestenliste’ of the ‘Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’, and were acclaimed at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2019, winning the ‘Early Music’ category.