Nuno Antunes > Clarinet
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Nuno Antunes began his music studies at the C.N.R. of Leiria, under the guidance of Jaime Carriço e Luís Gomes, where he was awarded the 1st Prize in the Leiria’s C.N.R. Best Students Competition.
Mr. Antunes continued his education at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (National Superior Orchestral Academy), obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree. Mr. Antunes earned the Masters of Music diploma at Manhattan School of Music, in New York City where he studied with Mr. David Krakauer.
As a complement to his musical training, Mr. Antunes has participated in several master classes of such distinguished artists as Karl Leister, Walter Boykens, Guy Deplus, Paul Meyer, Alain Damiens, Hakan Rosengreen, and Robert Macdonald. He was invited to teach a master class at the E.P.A.B.I. in Portugal.
Mr. Antunes was a member of the clarinet faculty of E.P.A.B.I. (1999-2003), C.N.R. Leiria (2001-2002) and C.M.M. Lisbon (2000-2002). Presently he teaches clarinet at the Horace Mann School and is on the faculty for Praxis Youth Leadership Orchestra.
Mr. Antunes’ appearance in competitions has resulted in several prizes, including the R.D.P. Young Musicians Prize and the Portuguese Young Clarinetist Competition. Having a recognized versatility in several different musical styles, Nuno Antunes has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician and in various professional orchestras, both in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. He presented himself as a soloist with the Orquestra Académica Metropolitana, performing Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes for clarinet and orchestra. He participated in Clarmeetoporto-International Clarinet Meeting of Oporto, Portugal, and performed Darin Lewis’ Concertino for Clarinet and Strings with the Orchestra Simpatico in NYC.
His love for chamber music led to the creation of The Gene Project, a unique combination of clarinet, bassoon and harp. He is also a member of Ensemble 54 clarinet quartet, and collaborates regularly with several other chamber music groups. Mr. Antunes is featured frequently at the Barge Music. He has also presented himself at the Trinity Church Concert Series and St. John’s the Divine Sunday Recital Series.
Mr. Antunes had his NYC debut as a soloist in 2007, performing the Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto at Musica Bella Concert Series. He was also invited to give a recital and masterclass at the XX International Clarinet Meeting (Lisbon, Portugal).
Mr. Antunes is the associate principal clarinetist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and a member of IRIS orchestra.