Sofia Kolupov & Francisco Vilar

Sofia Kolupov & Francisco Vilar


Sofia Kolupov & Francisco Vilar

In this captivating photoshoot at Conservatório de Música do Porto, we skillfully capture the profound connection between Sofia and Francisco's music and their intense passion for art. Their music is a deeply personal dialogue, an emotional channel through which they express their innermost thoughts and feelings. Through their artistry, they invite us to share in the enchanting world they create.

Sofia Kolupov, a British-Ukrainian violinist, is known for her captivating performances, as well as her passionate and flexible approach to chamber music. Having had the privilege of discovering some of the major string quartet repertoire at the age of 13 under the tutelage of the London Haydn Quartet, she has dedicated herself to a career in chamber music ever since. In 2015, Sofia recorded a CD of Schoenberg’s monumental String Quartet no. 1.  

With a strong commitment to promoting Ukrainian music, Sofia is also emerging as a prominent advocate for the country's rich musical heritage, with plans in 2024 to record an album of little-known Ukrainian and Portuguese music as part of an ongoing collaboration with pianist Francisco Vilar (Duo Kolar).

Francisco Vilar is an emerging pianist from Porto, Portugal, known for his expressive playing style and captivating stage presence. He is currently studying as a Konzertexamen student under Professor Mi-Joo Lee at the Berlin University of the Arts. Francisco graduated with First Class honors from the Royal College of Music in London and has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Europe, playing piano concertos by composers like Rachmaninoff and Grieg.

He has received guidance from renowned pianists and participated in masterclasses with Angela Hewitt. Francisco is also active in chamber music and collaborates with emerging musicians. He is the founder of the "Concertos de Outono – Ciclo Clássico" festival and enjoys interdisciplinary projects, including film collaborations and upcoming performances with dancers and visual artists. He plans to record his debut album, exploring Impressionistic and Late-Romantic repertoire.