Ensemble Darcos is one of the most prestigious Portuguese chamber groups of today. It was created in 2002 by composer and conductor Nuno Côrte-real and is intended for the interpretation of the great European composers of chamber music, such as Beethoven, Brahms or Debussy, and the music of Côrte-real; this relationship gives it contours of author project.
The Ensemble Darcos instrument formation varies according to the program that it presents, from duos to quintets, to the typical nineteenth-century formation of fifteen musicians, rooted in musicians Filipe Quaresma (cello), Gaël Rassaert (violin), Hélder Marques (piano) and Reyes Gallardo (viola). To this end, the group regularly invites leading musicians from various parts of the world, such as cellist Mats Lidström, violinists Massimo Spadano, Giulio Plotino and Junko Naito, pianist António Rosado, violist Ana Bela Chaves, or the percussionist Miquel Bernat. Ensemble Darcos regularly performs lyrical programs, with some of the most important Portuguese singers such as Eduarda Melo, Luís Rodrigues, Dora Rodrigues, Lara Martins or Job Tomé. Since 2006, the Ensemble Darcos has an artistic residence in Torres Vedras. 2008 THE TeMPOrADA DArCOs, series of concerts of chamber and symphonic music. It included concerts in the Magnus Hall in Berlin (October 2007), with Beethoven's Triple Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, in St. John's Smith Square, London, and regular participation in Dias da Música Festival (CCB Lisbon), all with musical direction by Nuno Côrte-Real. In January 2010, Ensemble Darcos recorded a series of songs by Cole Porter with singers Sónia Alcobaça and Rui Baeta, presented in Lyon, France, in partnership with the Camerata du Rhône. “Volupia”, entirely dedicated to Nuno Côrte-Real's chamber music, was Ensemble Darcos first CD, released in October 2012 by Numérica. It was followed by “Mirror of the Soul” (Odradek 2016), "Lagarto Pintado“ (Artway Records), Agora Muda Tudo” (Odradek 2019) and, most recently, “Cante” (Odradek 2020).