H i l d o
Probably the only person from my family I never had the chance to meet was my beloved grandfather - Hildo Faria Queiroz - the father of my mother and six other children. He passed away when I was only two years old; sadly, my memory cannot recall that far back. The vague portrait I have of this great man stands simply upon stories my mother told me throughout the years and video footage taken by my father. I have always been fascinated by how he had the most unbelievable stories: from fighting hard during his childhood as an orphan to being accepted in the toughest Military Academy in the country, from being the chosen one to fly what would be the first jet flight in Portugal to becoming eternalized in the Air Museum in the city of Sintra. My grandfather was a legend in many ways. Although we never adequately met, his presence has always been felt around my family to this day, not through his presence but through his Brazilian heritage.
[My grandfather (left), my grandmother (center), my mother (right), me and my brother]
Who was Hildo?
Hildo de Faria Queiroz, son of José de Faria Soares de Almeida Queiroz and Maria de Lurdes Fernandes de Faria, was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on 28 March 1921 and came to Portugal at a young age.
He completed the pilot-aviator course at the Military Academy, followed by an aeronautical engineering course at Loughborough College of Technology in England. As a young man, he was invited to join the "Gold Caterpillar Club Award" for having successfully used a parachute to save his own life during a plane crash – though breaking two legs when landing. For his actions, he was awarded the distinctive caterpillar-shaped golden pin, as the club evokes the silkworm's importance in producing the parachute fabric.
[My great-grandmother (left), my grandfather (top-centered), my great-grandfather(right)]
Although I was born and raised in Portugal, Brazilian culture significantly influenced me while growing up. Recently while living abroad, I realized how much more there is to be said about the brotherly connection between both nations. It is not only a link between sharing the same language, traditions, and history, but also a deeper bond of empathy and support.
"HILDO" gives voice to the different individualities of Portuguese and Brazilian composers, illustrating their roots and the relationship between both countries.
Thanks to multiple people's help, I have collected and assembled a wide range of unknown works that will bring a fresh and innovative experience to the audience.
‣Villa Lobos - Improviso no.7 for Violin & Piano, “Melodia” (1915)
‣Rui C. Antunes – Three Epitaphs for Violin & Piano (2018)
‣F. Vale / (Arr) J. Heifetz – ‘By the Bonfire’ from Preludio XV (1930/1942)
‣Joly Braga Santos – Nocturne in E minor for Violin & Piano (1942)
‣Henrique Oswald – Sonata in E major, Op. 36 for Violin & Piano (1908)
‣Chiquinha Gonzaga songs arranged for violin
‣Pedro Emanuel Pereira – ‘Fado do Tempo’
‣Alain Oulman – ‘Fado Alfama’ (Arr. Pedro Emanuel Pereira)
Pedro Emanuel Pereira (Portuguese pianist/composer) :
‣Website - https://pedroemanuelpereira.com/
‣Producer - https://percosmusic.com/
Rui C. Antunes (Portuguese violinist/composer) :
‣Website - https://www.rui-c-antunes.com/
Álisson Berbert (Brazilian violinist/author):
‣Website - https://canalparaviolinistas.com/author/alisson-berbert/