Portuguese tuba player and Yamaha International Artist, Sérgio Carolino is one of the most acclaimed tuba players in the international scene, with a constant activity as a soloist and teacher in several music festivals, conservatories and universities all over the world (from Europe to Australia, passed through Asia and North and South America).
Since 2002 he has been involved in new and innovative music projects: the TGB trio with Mário Delgado and Alexandre Frazão, 2tUBAS&friends with Anne Jelle Visser (tuba), XL Duo & Trio with Telmo Marques (piano) & Jeffery Davis (vibraphone), director of The Portuguese Tuba Ensemble How Low Can You Go?, European Tuba Trio with François Thuillier (tuba) and Anthony Caillet (euphonium), The Postcard Brass Band, Tu ß’Horn trio with José Bernardo Silva (horn) and Telmo Marques (piano), the ensemble TUBAX DUO with Mário Marques (soprano saxophone), the COLOR WHEEL ENSEMBLE with Mário Marques, Telmo Marques & a String Quartet, Mr SC & The Wild Bones Gang, the TUBAB Duo with drummer Jorge Queijo, Surrealistic Discussion with accordionist João Barradas, his ensemble Hanging’ from the Strings (tuba & string quintet), the Funky Bones Factory! with Paulo Perfeito, Ruben da Luz, Daniel Dias and Rui Bandeira (trombones), Acácio Salero (drums) & Miguel Moreira (guitar), Conical Brass with Jeff Nelsen (horn), TUBA&DRUMS DOUBLE DUO with Oren Marshall (tuba) and Alexandre Frazão and Mário Costa (drums). More recently Sérgio formed the duo Moderato Tangabile with Argentinian pianist/composer Daniel Schvetz, SubWoof3r trio with Gil Gonçalves (tuba) & Miguel Moreira (drums), the DUO AR. with international acclaimed jazz singer MARIA JOÃO, member of the CROSSFADE Ensemble leading by Daniel Bernardes (piano) with Jeffery Davis (vibraphone), João Barradas (accordion), Ricardo Toscano & Mário Marques (saxophones), Hugo Assunção (trombone), the TransAtlantic Tuba Connection with Mike Forbes (tuba) and Pedro Silva (drums), YAMAHA TUBA DUO with Shimpei Tsugita (tuba) and a the project “T’NT” Tuba ’N Tuba with GENE POKORNY (principal tuba of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Sérgio is, since 2002, principal tuba with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and professor of tuba, artistic director and founder of the Portuguese Youth Brass Ensemble MASSIVE BRASS ATTACK! at the Porto Superior School of Music and Arts (ESMAE). Since 2010 he is also artist director of GRAVÍSSIMO! – Alcobaça International Low Brass Academy & Festival.
Sérgio has been guest professor for one semester (Fall / Winter 2019) at the prestigious Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Sérgio received for Four times the Roger Bobo Award Prize for Excellence in Recording for his CDs: Steel aLive! (2008, Afinaudio Records), his debut solo album; Agreements & Disagreements (2010, TwoTubas Records), with the project 2tUBAS&friends with Anne Jelle Visser and Pop&Roll (2012, Loft Records), with his group The Postcard Brass Band and recently for his first double album with the project Sérgio Carolino presents Mr. SC & The Wild Bones Gang (2014, Afinaudio Records). In Portugal he as received the Award for the 2004 Emerging Jazz Artist by jazz critic José Duarte, and the Carlos Paredes Prize for the first disc with his jazz trio TGB – TubaGuitarra&Bateria (Clean Feed Label).
In February of 2013, Sérgio won the SPA Award 2013 – Classical Music Category (Portuguese Author’s Society) for the works published in 2012 and for promoting Portuguese music through the World. The award ceremony was broadcasted on RTP1 (Portuguese TV Chanel).
Mr Carolino was soloist with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, making the World Premiere of Portuguese composers António Victorino D’Almeida “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, Op. 144” (specially dedicated to him) and Paulo Perfeito’s “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra – Impermanentia” (also dedicated to him), this last one, conducted by Christian Lindberg. Sérgio has been guest soloist at the Melbourne International Festival of Brass 2006 premiering Paulo Perfeito’s “Hanging’ from the Strings – Fantasy for Tuba, Strings and Harp” with the Melbourne University Chamber and then later in 2007 with the Algarve Orchestra.
Sérgio also premiered Lene Grenager ‘s Double Concerto for Euphonium, Tuba and String Orhestra “Wave, Curve, Conect the Dots” with Thomas Ruedi and the Tromso Chamber Orchestra at the Tromso Arctic Low Brass Festival. Mr Carolino also premiered “SoNotas – Concertino for Tuba & String Orchestra” by composer Francisco Loreto at the Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, soloing with the Fundação Orquestra Estúdio, Jorge Salgueiro’s “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139” with the Santa Fé Municipal Symphony Orchestra (Argentina) at the international festival TrombOnanza, and more recently he performed again the Jorge Salgueiro’s “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139” at the great and famous concert hall of the Tschaikowsky Music Conservatory with the Svetlanov Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladislav Lavrik.
Sérgio also played as guest soloist the Jorge Salgueiro’s “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139” with the Osaka Symphonic Wind Band in Hamamatsu (Japan), at the famous Japan Band Clinic (2012), with the Paris Brass Band, the Cincinnati Brass Band, and with the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland.
As Guest soloist, Sérgio performs, records and premiere new works regularly with the Portuguese world class ensemble Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa (BSP) (Portuguese Symphonic Wind Band): Jorge Salgueiro “cONCERTO fOR tUBA, Op. 139”, Telmo Marques “Guide to the Glory”, Luís Cardoso “Double Concertino for Tenor Saxophone, Tuba & Band” (with Mário Marques), Daniel Martinho “Constellations” concerto for low orchestral brass solo & band, Daniel Moreira “Flashback”, Samuel Pascoal “Double Concertino for Euphonium, Tuba and Band” (with Ricardo Antão), Andrew Batterham “Concertino for Tuba and Band” & Frank Steckar “Les Trois Mousses de Terre” for three jazz tubas and concert band (with the European Tuba Trio).
Mr Carolino plays with his own Brass Lab MoMo signature mouthpieces models: Sérgio Carolino SC-SF2C234S, SC-F225 and SC-SF2FB234 made by master Hirotaka Nakai from Atelier Momo in Osaka, Japan, also using his own design “Mushroom Cup Mute Model”, manufactured by the Austrian maker J. Schlipfinger.
In 2010, Sérgio has conceived a new instrument, based on British virtuoso tuba player Oren Marshall’s Orenophone, made by North Americans brass makers, Tim Sullivan and Harold Hartman, which he called Lusophone ‘Lucifer’!
Sérgio enjoys going to the cinema, fishing crabs and octopus, spending time with his good friends and since three years, with his loyal friend SPARKY – the Basset Hound.