Abel Chaves was
born in 1972 in Ponta Delgada on the Azore
Islands, Portugal. In 1986 he won the 1st prize of the
carillon competition sponsored by the Intitute of Portuguese
Cultural Patrimony and was awarded a scholarship to study at
the Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn in Mechelen, Belgium, where he received his diploma with
“great distinction” in 1989.
The following year he
was awarded the prize of “laureate" at the school's Queen
Fabiola International Carillon Competition. In 1993 he was
appointed as the official carillonneur at the carillon at
the National Palace of Mafra by the Portuguese
Ministry of Culture. In
1994 he recorded a CD of the carillon in Mafra for the
LVSITANIA MUSICA collection and
in 1995 he played the dedication
recital of the new carillon in Oporto, Portugal. He was a member of the
„Eurocarillon“ from 1994 to
1998. He has performed at
festivals in Belgium,
Portugal and Spain, gives guest
in many European countries.In 2004 he was put
in charge of the carillon of the Cathedral of
Leiria, in 2005 he
founded the first Portuguese Carillon School in Pousos,
Leiria and in 2008 he was appointed resident carillonneur at
Igreja das pastorinhos church in Alverca.
Abel Chaves at the keyboard of the carillon of the
National Palace, Mafra, Portugal.
The two carillon towers of the National Palace in Mafra,
Guest concert on August 13, 2023 at 3 p.m. Abel Chaves and
Jeffrey Bossin perform The Four Seasons by Antonio
Vivaldi four hands.
Download the program here.
here to listen to an excerpt from the violin concerto Summerfrom the Four
Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, performed four hands by Abel Chaves
and Jeffrey Bossin on the
Carillon in Berlin-Tiergarten.
Abel Chaves on YouTube
Click here to
listen to a carillon concert played by Abel Chaves on the
carillon of the National Palace in Mafra, Portugal.