André Gunko

Date of birth: 11.09.1997
Instrument: cello
Nationality: Portuguese
Competition: Prémio Jovens Músicos, 2013
Prize: EMCY Prize
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André Gunko was born in Horta/Portugal in 1997, into a family of musicians. He first started to play the cello at the age of six. His teacher was Orest Grytsyuk, at the Regional Conservatory of Angra do Heroísmo (nowadays known as the Escola de Tomas de Borba).

He attended several master classes, among others with Levon Mouradian,Vladimir Panteleev, Nathaniel Rosen, Herwig Tachezi, Ulf Tischbirek, Leonid Gorokhov, Hatto Beyerle and Natalia Gutman. He has also been chosen as one of five cellists for the “Gstaad String Academy” in August 2013 to the class of Ivan Monighetti. Important impulses give additional studies at the International Music Academy of the Principality of Liechtenstein as well as artists such as Valter Despalj, Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. In 2017 he attended a masterclass with Gary Hoffman in the festival “Verão Clássico”. He also receives a scholarship to attend the International Music Academy in the Principality of Liechtenstein, where she participates in the intensive music weeks.

André Gunko is the winner of the 1st prizes of several National and International competitions. Already in 2007, he won the International Competition for Young Musicians in the International Forum of Music in Madeira, the contest Santa Cecilia, Categorie "D" in Porto, as well as the contest Marilia Rocha, Vila do Conde. This was followed by first prizes in the Competition for String Instruments Alto Minho, Categorie "B", in Viana do Castelo (2008), and, in 2011, in the competition Santa Cecilia, Categorie "C" in Porto.

He won the first prize in the National competition “ Prémio Jovens Músicos” Concurso da Rádio e Televisão de Portugal in 2013 and performed with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon. As a winner of the “ Prémio Jovens Músicos” in Lisbon, André represented Portugal at the “Eurovision Young Musicians 2014“in Cologne where he performed with the WDR Symphony Orchestra.

In 2013 and 2014, André was highlighted with Votes of Congratulation by Assembleia Lesislativa da Região Autónoma dos Açores. In February 2015, he participated in the International Music Festival "NEXT GENERATION" in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, where he performed as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble "Zagreber Solisten".

In March 2015, André was selected to participate as first cello - Solo, under the direction of conductor Ernst Schelle at the XIV edition of "OJ.COM" in Ponta Delgada and continuation of the project in "Days of Music" ( CCB) in Lisbon from 24 to 26 April under the theme "Lights, camera, music."

He has given concerts in the Azores, mainland Portugal, and in Germany and Switzerland.

In September 2015, André joined to the class of Ivan Monighetti in HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK in Basel.

Listen to André here!


J.S. Bach, Suite No. 2 (BWV 1008)
G. Cassadó, Suite for Cello Solo
A. Piatti, Caprice No. 12 (Op. 25)
L. Soldado, O Homem das Três Pernas

With piano

G. Fauré, Élégie (Op. 24)
D. Popper, Dance of the elves (Op. 39)
P. Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso (Op. 62)

Chamber music

J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 3 in G minor (BWV 1029)
J. Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in E minor (Op. 38)

With orchestra

E. Elgar, concerto in E minor (Op. 85)
P. Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso (Op. 62)
J. Haydn, Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
E. Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
D. Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major (1st movement)
P.I.Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62

If you are interested in working with André, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.

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