António Paulo Martins Melo wins 1st prize in the Prinses Christina Concours

10 May 2023

Saxophonist António Paulo Martins Melo (20 years old) won the 1st prize in the Prinses Christina Concours. He is a Bachelor 2 student in the Classical Music department and studies with Raaf Hekkema. He won the MBT Classical Prize worth 1,000 euros, the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Prize, the Kunst in de Kamer Prize, the Jeugdorkest Nederland Prize and the Amare Prize. Many congratulations!

Antonio about his participation:
'On April 22nd, I participated in the final of the Prinses Christina Concours. It was a life-changing event that made me evolve with each performance. I played Prelude, Cadence et Finale by Alfred Desenclos in all the phases of the competition. Some of the jury members didn't know the piece at all, so, they told me it was a very pleasant surprise to listen to this refined piece of French repertoire, which actually breaks some of the standards of French music. The most acclaimed point was the ensemble playing with the pianist Maria Nemtsova in which our hard work was rightfully acknowledged.'

António Paulo Martins Melo Prinses Christina Concours 2
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