• Presentation

    The origins of the orchestra date back to 1947, when the Orquestra Sinfónica do Conservatório de Música do Porto was formed, later performing under different names.

    Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música works regularly with well known conductors such as Stefan Blunier, Olari Elts, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Elihau Inbal, Michail Jurowski, Christoph König, Reinbert de Leeuw, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Emilio Pomàrico, Peter Rundel, Michael Sanderling, Vassily Sinaisky, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds, Joseph Swensen, Ilan Volkov, Jörg Widmann, Ryan Wigglesworth, Antoni Wit, Christian Zacharias and Lothar Zagrosek. It has worked with some of the foremost contemporary composers, from Emmanuel Nunes to Jonathan Harvey, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Unsuk Chin, Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Heinz Holliger, Harrison Birtwistle, Georg Friedrich Haas, Jörg Widmann, and Philippe Manoury in 2020.

    Apart from performing around fifty concerts per year at Casa da Música, it is increasingly seen outside Porto, having visited in recent seasons Vienna, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Valladolid, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Brazil and Lisbon.

    In recent seasons the orchestra has performed all of Mahler, Prokofiev, Brahms and Bruckner’s symphonies; Beethoven and Rachmaninov’s piano concertos; and Mozart’s violin concertos. In 2011, the recording “Follow the Songlines” won the jazz vocal category at the prestigious Victoires de la musique awards in France. 2013 saw the release on the Naxos label of the piano concertos by Lopes-Graça. Gramophone has included the CD featuring works by Pascal Dusapin, performed by Orquestra Sinfónica and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, in its Critics’ Choice 2013. New CDs with live recordings were released the following years featuring works by Luca Francesconi (2014), Unsuk Chin (2015) and Georges Aperghis (2017), alongside with Portuguese contemporary music.

    The origins of the orchestra date back to 1947, when the Orquestra Sinfónica do Conservatório de Música do Porto was formed, later performing under different names. It has 94 permanent members, and it has been part of Fundação Casa da Música since July 2006.

  • Baldur Brönnimann


    Principal conductor

    Baldur Brönnimann has established himself as one of the finest conductors of contemporary music across the world. He has worked at the highest level with composers such as John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Harrison Birtwistle, Unsuk Chin, Helmut Lachenmann, Magnus Lindberg, Georg Friedrich Haas, has performed at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Wien Modern, Darmstadt, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center and has conducted significant performances of major works by composers such as Ligeti, Romitelli, Boulez, Vivier and Zimmermann. A conductor of great flexibility, with a broad-minded approach to programme-building and music-making, he believes strongly in the importance of educational and outreach opportunities, and the need to question the traditional boundaries of classical music. He is Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta.

    Highlights from recent seasons include projects with the Seoul Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, WDR Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Aurora and Munich Chamber orchestras; highlights of his guest conducting in the 2019/20 season included returns to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Schnebel’s epic Symphony X at the Musikverein. He also works regularly with contemporary music ensembles across the globe, including Klangforum Wien both in Vienna and on tour and the Ensemble Intercontemporain whom he conducted at the BBC Proms in a programme celebrating the music of Boulez.

    In the opera house, Brönnimann has conducted Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires) in both the La Fura dels Baus and Barrie Kosky productions, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera, Kaija Saariaho L’amour de loin at the Bergen Festival and Norwegian Opera and Romitelli Index of Metals with Barbara Hannigan at the Theater an der Wien. At Argentina’s Teatro Colón he has also conducted Schoenberg Erwartung, Szymanowski Hagith, and Helmut Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator and Zimmermann Die Soldaten.

    As Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Basel Sinfonietta, Brönnimann continues to conduct programmes combining contemporary and unknown works with standard repertoire in typically unexpected ways. Between 2011–2015 Brönnimann was Artistic Director of Norway’s leading contemporary music ensemble BIT20, and from 2008–2012 Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá.

    Born in Switzerland, Brönnimann trained at the City of Basel Music Academy and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he was subsequently appointed Visiting Tutor in Conducting, and he now lives in Madrid.


    • Christian Zacharias
      direcção musical
    • Stefan Blunier
    • Leopold Hager
  • Musicians

    Composition Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música

    • Martyn Jackson
      Concertino interino - Violin
    • James Dahlgren
      honorary section leader - Violin
    • Álvaro Pereira
      2nd Section Leader - Violin
    • Radu Ungureanu
      Assistant Section Leader - Violin
    • Alan Guimarães
    • Andras Burai
    • Evandra Gonçalves
    • Emilia Vanguelova
    • José Despujols
    • Ianina Khmelik
    • Maria Kagan
    • Roumiana Badeva
    • Tünde Hadadi
    • Vadim Feldblioum
    • Vladimir Grinman
    • Ana Madalena Ribeiro
      Head of section - Violin
    • Nancy Frederick
      Co-principal - Violin
    • Tatiana Afanasieva
      sub-principal - Violin
    • Domingos Lopes
    • Francisco P. de Sousa
    • José Paulo Jesus
    • Karolina Andrzejczak
    • Lilit Davtyan
    • Mariana Costa
    • Nikola Vasiljev
    • Paul Almond
    • Pedro Rocha
    • Mateusz Stasto
      Head of section - viola
    • Joana Pereira
      Co-principal - viola
    • Anna Gonera
      sub-principal - viola
    • Biliana Chamlieva
    • Emília Alves
    • Francisco Moreira
    • Hazel Veitch
    • Jean-Loup Lecomte
    • Luís Norberto Silva
    • Rute Azevedo
    • Theo Ellegiers
    • Nikolai Gimaletdinov
      Head of section - cello
    • Vicente Chuaqui
      Co-principal - cello
    • Feodor Kolpashnikov
      sub-principal - cello
    • Aaron Choi
    • Bruno Cardoso
    • Hrant Yeranosyan
    • Michal Kiska
    • Sharon Kinder
    • Rui Rodrigues
      Head of section - double bass
    • Florian Pertzborn
      Co-principal - double bass
    • Jorge Villar Paredes
      sub-principal - double bass
    • Altino Carvalho
      double bass
    • Joel Azevedo
      double bass
    • Nadya Choi
      double bass
    • Slawomir Marzec
      double bass
    • Tiago Pinto Ribeiro
      double bass
    • Paulo Barros
      Head of section - flute
    • Ana Maria Ribeiro
      Co-principal - flute
    • Alexander Auer
      sub-principal - flute
    • Angelina Rodrigues
      sub-principal - flute
    • Aldo Salvetti
      Head of section - Oboe
    • Tamás Bartók
      Co-principal - Oboe
    • Eldevina Materula
      sub-principal - Oboe
    • Roberto Henriques
      sub-principal - Oboe
    • Luís Silva
      Head of section - clarinet
    • Carlos Alves
      Co-principal - clarinet
    • Gergely Suto
      sub-principal - clarinet
    • João Moreira
      sub-principal - clarinet
    • Gavin Hill
      Head of section - bassoon
    • Robert Glassburner
      Co-principal - bassoon
    • Vasily Suprunov
      sub-principal - bassoon
    • Nuno Vaz
      Chefe de naipe interino - tube
    • Bohdan Sebestik
      Co-principal - tube
    • Eddy Tauber
      Co-principal - tube
    • Hugo Carneiro
      sub-principal - tube
    • José Bernardo Silva
      Solista A interino - tube
    • Sérgio Pacheco
      Head of section - trumpet
    • Ivan Crespo
      Co-principal - trumpet
    • Luís Granjo
      sub-principal - trumpet
    • Rui Brito
      sub-principal - trumpet
    • Severo Martínez
      Head of section - trombone
    • Dawid Seidenberg
      Co-principal - trombone
    • Nuno Martins
      sub-principal - trombone
    • Sérgio Carolino
      Co-principal - tuba
    • Jean-François Lézé
      Timpaneiro solista - eardrums
    • Bruno Costa
      Co-principal - percussion
    • Nuno Simões
      sub-principal - percussion
    • Paulo Oliveira
      sub-principal - percussion
    • Ilaria Vivan
      Co-principal - Harp
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