Peter Ferreira
My Grandfather, Joaquim Carlos Ferreira.. the man and the violinist.
 
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On September 1976, my grandfather, knowing the great love and admiration I always showed towards him, took me to a photo studio to take a collection of photographs like the one on the left. I remember is words vividly as he told me the reason for the photos was, "something to remind us of each other". Young as I was (6 years old), I Knew this photos would be important to me for the rest of my life. My grandfather was a simple man who treasured family values and always showed a great devotion and affection towards me.

Today, I realize that day in 1976, was just 2 years before is untimely death on October 28, 1978. Loosing my grandfather was one of the hardest, saddest experiences I had ever experienced in my life. 25 Years later, I still find it very hard to talk about him without shedding a few tears of sadness for losing him and also tears of happiness for having a grandfather who loved me as much has he did. He was also a violinist and undoubtedly my inspiration to also become a violinist and continue a family tradition.

My grandfather lives in my heart and soul every day of my life and above all every time I play the violin. Today, I cherish the great memories of time spent with him, listening to his kind words of wisdom and violin playing. I remember when he would go in his office to play and I listened to him in the hallway, laying back in the old brown leather sofa. Memories engraved in my head of great times, great inspiration and a remarkable great man.

   
As a violinist and musician, my grandfather was also the concert master and founder of the Danubio Azul Jazz Ensemble and also the founder of the local (Souselas) cooperative and the music school, Tuna Sousaselence.

 

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