January 2022, self portrait
I've already introduced myself professionally, but I think it's good to say a few words about myself, about my daily life. Although my musical activity is always linked to my personality - I never play or do anything that
doesn't really convince me -, I thought I could tell you a couple of details about my everyday life.
Many of those who know me would be surprised to learn (or wouldn't believe it) that I was extremely shy as a child, something
that is in stark contrast to the way I am now, but which, if you notice, sometimes pops up again.
Apart from that, at least, Central Europeans (I've been living in Germany since September 2016) define my temperament as southern, although I always like
to say that my soul is Portuguese: that eternal sea horizon, that saudade, that Atlantic wind... and lots and lots of fado, which I listen to (and privately sing) every day; something that probably contrasts with how loudly I like to laugh... Portuguese
is also my favourite language, and I love to practise it in writing and speaking.
Portuguese is also my favourite coffee - something I really didn't like until February 2021, all of a sudden.
I love fruit for breakfast
and I have an avocado tree at home, which I planted myself. His name is Don Palto.
Other passions apart from music: history, writing - I send many letters, going for walks.
everyone else, I think, since the pandemic I have undergone an important personal evolution and, among other things, I value the concept of home and the smallest aspects of everyday life more. That's why I decided to record a "meditation" session of mine,
the Sleepy Ground, for relaxing, meditating, sleeping... or improvising.
By the way, I come
from a non-musician family. Both my parents are physicists. But my name does come from music: Amarilli mia bella, by Caccini.
I have no siblings but a nephew I adore.
My colour is purple. I have a Telemann
pyjamas. I don't wear earrings.
I love summer: the sun and hot weather. And yet I couldn't be a greater lover of Scandinavia.
The cello was my choice, as was my journey into the world of historical interpretation. I
do have absolute pitch (yes, I suffered at the beginning with 415, 392, 465...), but I associate my modest successes directly to my passion for music and for being able to provoke and share emotions with others; to the enthusiasm with which I live every project
I embark on and, above all, the luck I have had with the people around me who have always supported me.