Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival

The Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival - Costa Verde - Portugal (FIMPV) was created in July 1979 by the local game zone concessionaire SOPETE, SA, on the proposal of the pianist Sequeira Costa dated 18 September 1978 and officially confirmed by the company's management on November 14, 1978.

The founding of the FIMPV obeyed four core objectives that were to continue throughout history: presentation of internationally renowned performers and the most relevant Portuguese musicians; launching of young Portuguese interpreters, still unknown to the general public; valorization of the region's architectural monuments as concert spaces; and promotion of the region in Portugal and abroad. Underlying these objectives has been the constant concern for the dissemination of masterpieces of great European music of all times and support for contemporary creation.

The Ministry of Culture / State Secretariat for Culture has provided structural support since 1997. Some national and regional companies also contribute financially under the Patronage Act, albeit on a residual basis. The successor company of SOPETE, now Varzim Sol, SA, concessionaire of the gambling zone of Póvoa de Varzim, abandoned the partnership in early 2006. The FIMPV benefits from the collaboration established with some of the most beautiful religious temples in the region, such as concert spaces, namely the Matriz, Lapa, S. José de Ribamar and Misericórdia Churches (Póvoa de Varzim) and the Romanesque Church of S. Pedro de Rates.

Although located in Póvoa de Varzim, in the first editions its direct influence was felt throughout the North of the country (namely Braga, Viana do Castelo, Porto, Vila do Conde, Ponte de Lima, Amares, Barcelos, Caminha, Valença, Guimarães, Vila Nova de Famalicão and Vila Real), the FIMPV contributed decisively to arouse curiosity and to form an own and renewed public of editing for edition, in an admirable effort of cultural decentralization pioneering at the time.

Throughout its 40 years of existence, the FIMPV has promoted renowned national and foreign artists, revealing young Portuguese talent through partnerships with the RDP Young Musicians Award and the Estoril Music Festival.

Note names such as

Aldo Ciccolini
Alexander Melnikov
1997, 2000, 2007, 2011, 2017
Alfred Brendel
Amandine Beyer
violin2002 (debut in Portugal), 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015
Ana Bela Chaves
viola1979, 2009
Ana Mafalda Castro
harpsichord1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2006
António Saiote
clarinet1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2017
Anner Bylsma
cello1993, 1995
Augustin Dumay
Ballet Gulbenkian
1982, 1994, 1995, 1996
Cantus Kölln
2001 (debut in Portugal)
Carlos Alves
clarinet1991, 1999, 2016
Concerto Italiano
1994 (debut in Portugal), 1998, 2008
Jorge Matta
1991, 1994, 2007
Michel Corboz
2012, 2015, 2016
David Levine
Fabio Biondi
violin and musical direction1993 (debut in Portugal), 1998, 2006
Fausto Neves
1987, 1993
Gabrieli Consort & Players e Paul McCreesh
1997 (debut in Portugal), 1998, 2000, 2013
Gerardo Ribeiro
violin1980, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1999
2009 (debut in Portugal)
Gustav Leonhardt
Helena Sá e Costa
Hespèrion XXI
2005, 2006
Huelgas Ensemble e Paul van Nevel
1996-1998, 2004, 2012
Iossif Grinman
Isabelle Faust
violin2007, 2011
Josep Colóm
Miguel Borges Coelhon
piano1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2017
Mstislav Rostropovitch
Nelson Freire
Nikolaï Lugansky
2002, 2004, 2007
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
2015, 2016, 2017
Orquestra Gulbenkian
1980-1986, 1992, 2000, 2015
Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa
1994, 2017
Orquestra Nacional de Espanha
Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Paul Tortelier
cello1981, 1985
Quartetos de Cordas Alban Berg
1999, 2001
Pavel Haas
2011 (debut in Portugal), 2012, 2017
1997 (debut in Portugal), 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007
2013 (debut in Portugal) e Ebène (2014
Pedro Burmester
1983, 1989, 1991, 1993-1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013
Tom Koopman
harpsichord1992, 2001
Vadim Repin
violin1997 (debut in Portugal))

Among many others.

Throughout its history, the FIMPV has sought to keep abreast of and sometimes anticipate the aesthetic tendencies of contemporary musical art by providing the most respected mentors of the "historically informed" ancient music and the international exponents of the classical-romantic repertoire and contemporaneity.

It continues to give strong support to the new values of Portuguese creation and interpretation, without neglecting the effort to attract and train new audiences through various complementary activities and parallel manifestations, many of them throughout the year, serving as a result of the resulting synergies regular EMPV, QV and CICPV initiatives.


Institutional Support

Póvoa de Varzim Music School

Music School of Póvoa de Varzim
Rua D. Maria I, 56
4490-538 Póvoa de Varzim

Phone: 252 614 145
Fax: 252 612 548


Operating hours

09:00 >12:30
14:00 >17:30

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