• 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 Olari Elts, Peter Eötvös, Heinz Holliger, Elihau Inbal, Michail Jurowski, Christoph König (Principal Conductor from 2009-2014), Reinbert de Leeuw, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Emilio Pomàrico, Peter Rundel, Michael Sanderling, Vassily Sinaisky, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds, Joseph Swensen, Ilan Volkov, Antoni Wit, Takuo Yuasa and Lothar Zagrosek. Soloists who have collaborated with the orchestra include Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Pedro Burmester, Joyce Didonato, Alban Gerhardt, Natalia Gutman, Viviane Hagner, Alina Ibragimova, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Christian Lindberg, Felicity Lott, António Meneses, Midori, Truls Mørk, Kristine Opolais, Lise de la Salle, Benjamin Schmid, Simon Trpčeski, Thomas Zehetmair and the Arditti Quartet. 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, and the british composer Harrison Birtwistle in 2017.

    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’s symphonies, Prokofiev’s symphonies, Bethoven’s piano concertos and Rachmaninov’s piano 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) and Unsuk Chin (2015). In 2017 the orchestra performs all of Brahms’ symphonies and key works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Harrison Birtwistle’s Earth Dances and James Dillon’s Via Sacra. It also presents the Portuguese premieres of new works by Magnus Lindberg and Pascal Dusapin commissioned by Casa da Música.

    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, which enables it to perform the entire symphonic repertoire from the classical period to the 21st century. The orchestra has been part of Fundação Casa da Música since July 2006.


  • Baldur Brönnimann


    Principal conductor

    Baldur Brönnimann has been announced as the new Principal Conductor of Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música from January 2015, succeeding Christoph König. The appointment follows a long-standing relationship with the orchestra during which Bronnimann has conducted a wide variety of standard and contemporary repertoire, working with artists such as Hakan Hardenberger, Luca Francesconi and Jonathan Harvey; his performance of works by Pascal Dusapin was latterly featured prominently on a CD of the composer’s music and received one of Gramophone Magazine’s Critic’s Choices for 2013.

    Brönnimann is a conductor of great flexibility with a broad-minded approach to music-making and a particular affinity for the most complex contemporary scores. He shares his time between the concert hall and the opera house, and whenever possible seeks out opportunities for educational and outreach work. For many years he has been the conductor of choice for high-profile composer projects at the highest level working closely with composers such as John Adams, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Ades and orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Seoul Philharmonic. Whilst contemporary music continues to play a major part in Brönnimann’s work, he is now equally sought after in mainstream repertoire and as such is conducting a wide and eclectic range of repertoire across the globe.

    In the 14-15 season, Brönnimann returns as guest conductor to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to conduct a new multi-media staging of Chin’s Alice in Wonderland at the Barbican Centre, as well as to Klangforum Wien whom he conducts every season, Remix Ensemble and the Helsinki Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Western Australian Symphony orchestras amongst others. Debuts include orchestras such as the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, and Brussels Philharmonic where he will perform with Lars Vogt as part of Flagey’s Piano Days.

    Highlights of Brönnimann’s opera career include La Fura dels Baus’s Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera and the Teatro Colón, Argentina, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer (Tom Morris) at ENO, Saariaho L’Amour de Loin at Norwegian Opera and the Bergen International Festival 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 Lachenmann The Little Match Girl with the composer as narrator.

    In December 2012, Brönnimann completed his four-year tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in Bogotá, where he established himself quickly and firmly as a significant and dynamic part of the local cultural scene, devising festivals, educational initiatives and working tirelessly to widen the reach of classical music in the region. In 2011 Brönnimann was appointed Artistic Director of Norway’s contemporary music ensemble BIT20 where his focus is very much on expanding the ensemble’s connection with their audience, building projects with the cultural community in Norway and creating new avenues for the ensemble. Projects so far have included a recording of Ligeti Piano Concerto, various Scandinavian premieres and the Norwegian premiere of Romitelli Index of Metals.

    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.


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  • Musicians

    Composition Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música

    • Zofia Wóycicka
      section leader - Violin
    • James Dahlgren
      honorary section leader - Violin
    • Radu Ungureanu
      assistant section leader - Violin
    • Alan Guimarães
    • Andras Burai
    • Emília Vanguelova
    • Evandra Gonçalves
    • Ianina Khmelik
    • José Despujols
    • Maria Kagan
    • Roumiana Badeva
    • Tünde Hadadi
    • Vadim Feldblioum
      violin - Violin
    • Vladimir Grinman
    • Nancy Frederick
      Chefe de naipe interino, Co-principal - Violin
    • Tatiana Afanasieva
      sub-principal - Violin
    • Domingos Lopes
    • Francisco P. de Sousa
    • José Paulo Jesus
    • José Sentieiro
    • Lilit Davtyan
    • Mariana Costa
    • Nikola Vasiljev
    • Paul Almond
    • Pedro Rocha
    • Vítor Teixeira
    • 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
    • Vicente Chuaqui
      Co-principal - cello
    • Feodor Kolpaschnikov
      sub-principal - cello
    • Aaron Choi
    • Bruno Cardoso
    • Gisela Neves
    • Hrant Yeranosyan
    • Michal Kiska
    • Sharon Kinder
    • Florian Pertzborn
      Chefe de naipe interino, Co-principal - double bass
    • Altino Carvalho
      double bass
    • Jean Marc Faucher
      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
    • Jean Michel Garetti
      sub-principal - Oboe
    • Luís Silva
      Head of section - clarinet
    • Carlos Alves
      Co-principal - clarinet
    • António Rosa
      sub-principal - clarinet
    • Gergely Suto
      sub-principal - clarinet
    • Gavin Hill
      Head of section - bassoon
    • Robert Glassburner
      Co-principal - bassoon
    • Pedro Silva
      sub-principal - bassoon
    • Vasily Suprunov
      sub-principal - bassoon
    • Bohdan Sebestik
      Co-principal - tube
    • Eddy Tauber
      Co-principal - tube
    • Hugo Carneiro
      sub-principal - tube
    • José Bernardo Silva
      sub-principal - tube
    • Sérgio Pacheco
      Head of section - trumpet
    • Ivan Crespo
      Co-principal - trumpet
    • Luís Granjo
      sub-principal - trumpet
    • Rui Brito
      sub-principal - trumpet
    • Severo Martinez
      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 - eardrums
    • Nuno Simões
      sub-principal - eardrums
    • Paulo Oliveira
      sub-principal - eardrums
    • Ilaria Vivan
      Co-principal - Harp
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