Afonso Fesch


The young portuguese violinist Afonso Fesch was born in 1988 in Porto, Portugal and started taking violin lessons in early years with Yossif Grinman, with whom he later completed his training at the Music University in Portugal. During his studies he sought further guidance from Zofia Woycicka, Pavel Vernikov and his mentor Ivry Gitlis in Paris, with whom Afonso played the Bach Double Concerto in various public performances.

Afonso Fesch played as soloist and chamber-musician all over Europe and appeared in concert halls as Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Wien, Casa da Musica Porto, Stadt Casino Basel, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Musiktheater Amsterdam and Stadthalle Kassel. He appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the International Mahler Orchestra, the Neue Philharmonie München, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and the Staatsorchester Kassel. He will have his debut with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015.

Afonso Fesch won the first prize of the „Julio Cardona“ and the „Helena Sa e Costa“ International competitions. He has been a core member of the International Mahler Orchestra since 2008, of which he has also been 1st Concertmaster since 2009. He appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions and also played for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in the same capacity. In 2015 a CD-Recording of the 1st Violin Concerto of D. Shostakovich is plannned with the International Mahler Orchestra.

Afonso Fesch plays a german violin by David Hopf from 1780.