Nuno Santos is a Portuguese musician and adventurer that has been playing his violin for over 15 years on some of the most challenging environments around the planet.
From big waves to high mountains, "A Violin in the most unlikely places" is a project of musical & natural exploration that has gained international notoriety for an unlikely combination of adventure, art & culture.
It enhances the importance of creativity and differentiation. More than competing for the greatest musical or sporting achievement, it’s an ambitious combination of human performance in Art & Nature like no other.
This disruptive approach also contrasts the fragility of a violin with the hostility of oceans & mountains, translating, metaphorically, the balance between opposites. Because, at the end, "A Violin in the most unlikely places" is about becoming a better person through self-awareness and self-control.
"It’s all about mountains: liquid or solid, they bring the best of me on different levels. Playing the violin in big waves or on high mountains is, most of all, a way to combine passions and to bring the best of me to achieve them.
It is also a way to apply all my knowledge, experience and resilience into one single achievement. Ultimately, it means remaining calm and confident in stressful and demanding situations, in a way I can play meaningful music.
More than achieving records or marks, it’s about becoming a better person along the way."
With an academic background in Sport Sciences, Sport Management and Engineering & Management, Nuno pursued an academic career for 10 years. However, a strong call for musical & natural exploration, as well as the need for a more practical application of knowledge drew him back into the wild.
Nuno focus is work between music production for concerts and documentaries, motivational talks and musical & natural exploration in unlikely settings,
He is currently on a 7-year mission (2020-2027) to play his violin on the biggest waves of the 7 seas ( North Atlantic – Portugal; South Atlantic - South Africa; North Pacific – Hawaii; Tahiti - South Pacific; Indian Ocean – Australia; Artic – Norway; Antarctica), and on the highest mountains of the 7 continents (Europe - Mount Elbrus; North America – Denali; South America - Cerro Aconcagua; Antarctica - Mount Vinson; Australia - Carstensz Pyramid; Africa – Kilimanjaro; Asia - Mount Everest).
This challenge intents to address meaningful themes from different world music cultures in each location, including the 9th Symphony of Beethoven – Ode to Joy on the summit of Mount Everest.
Playing the European Anthem on the highest stage of the planet is a symbolic way to let the world hear about the European Values of Freedom, Democracy, Equality, Rule of Law, Human Dignity, & Human Rights defined in the Lisbon Treaty (2007).
Because more than ever, it is our responsibility to stand for these fundamental values in a world where “things” are becoming more important than people & environment.