Mateusz Stasto
Viola

He was born in 1977 in Krakow (Poland). At the age of seven he began musical studies in violin. He completed his Master's degree with distinction at the Academy of Music of Krakow in the class of Mieczyszlaw Szlezer. He participated in masterclasses with distinguished musicians like Zakhar Bron, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Boris Kuschnir among others.

He was a scholar of the George Soros Mozart Foundation and of the Academy Chigiana of Siena, having been student of Franco Gulli. He obtained a scholarship from Scuola di Musica di Fiesole where he studied, among others, Pavel Vernikov. He has a postgraduate degree in Germany, specializing in Violin, Viola and Chamber Music. He has also worked with Jakob Gilman and Helmut Nicolai at the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium in Munich and with Vladimir Mendelssohn at the Superior School of Music in Essen.

He has performed several recitals in several countries in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. He made his solo debut at the age of 17 at the Mozart Concert in Salzburg and the Austrian Youth Orchestra. He has participated in several chamber music festivals in several Portuguese cities such as Espinho, Póvoa do Varzim and Algarve, as well as in France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Germany and Mozambique. He is a founding member of two groupings of chamber music, Fine Music String Trio and Trio Vivan (harp, flute and viola de arco) with which he acts regularly. He is part of the String Quartet Verazin and Art Music Ensemble with which he made a recording of quintets for clarinet with the participation of Carlos Alves.

He has participated in several orchestral projects such as International Bachakademie Stuttgart, Graz Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Berlin, Munich Symphony, National Orchestra of Spain, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, A Coruña Orchestra and others. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música and has been the head of violas since 2016. He has been the guest violin head of the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra to fulfill the same position. Between 2011 and 2013 he participated in the Xiquitsi project, whose objective is to allow Mozambican youth and children access to music education. He is professor of Viola d'Arco at the University of Minho.