• 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, Baldur Brönnimann, 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.

    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 and Brazil. It will debut at the Kölner Philharmonie in 2021. This season also brings the performance of the complete Sibelius symphonies and new commissions from composers Luca Francesconi, Francesco Filidei, Pedro Amaral and Carlos Lopes.

    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), Georges Aperghis (2017) and Harrison Birtwistle (2020), alongside with Portuguese contemporary music and the complete Rachmaninov’s Piano Concertos (2017).

    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.

  • Stefan Blunier

    Conductor

    In the 2020/21 season, Stefan Blunier returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Bizet’s Carmen and to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein with Strauss’ Salome. Concert engagements will lead him to Porto, Bern, Munich, Geneva, St. Gallen and on a tour through Belgium. Stefan Blunier has been named the next Chief Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and will start his new position in 2021.

    After a great success of a new production of Bergs´ Wozzeck at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in 2017, Mr. Blunier was immediately engaged for a new production of The Gypsy Baron. He then led Lohengrin at the Frankfurt Opera, where he last celebrated successes with Daphne, as well as with Tristan and Isolde and Carmen. He is a regular guest at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he most recently conducted Salome and Die Fledermaus. At the Staatsoper Hamburg he conducted Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmelites, as well as The Tales of Hoffmann at Den Norske Opera in Oslo and at Komische Oper Berlin. He opened the last season with a new production of Schreker’s Der ferne Klang at the Royal Swedish Opera.

    With productions such as Der Golem by Eugen d ‘Albert and Irrelohe by Franz Schreker, Mr. Blunier helped the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the Bonn Opera House to gain supraregional attention during his tenure as GMD until 2016. Both productions are now available as complete recordings at Dabringhaus & Grimm and have been awarded numerous prizes: the ECHO 2011 (Golem) and 2012 (Irrelohe) as well as the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 1/2012 (Irrelohe). At that time, he also recorded an impressive discography in Bonn, with rarely heard works by Anton Bruckner, Franz Liszt and Franz Schmidt as well as a Beethoven cycle was created.

    Other opera engagements have led Mr. Blunier to such opera houses in further cities such as Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Montpellier, Oslo, Bern, and London, a.o.

    Mr. Blunier’s guest-conducting engagements have taken him to nearly all the German radio orchestras as well as the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Staatsphilharmonie Ludwigshafen, Duisburg Symphony Orchestra, and numerous orchestras in Denmark, Belgium, the Far East, Switzerland and France.  Recent highlights include the NHK Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio, and the Century Symphony Orchestra of Osaka.  Alongside his appointment in Bonn, he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Belgique (2010-2013).

    Stefan Blunier was born in Bern, Switzerland and studied piano, horn, composition and conducting in Bern and at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. He is also a founder of the Ensemble für Neue Musik Essen.  The early part of career began with successes in the Besançon and Malko Conducting Competitions, which were followed by appointments in Mannheim (Associate Chief Conductor) and Darmstadt (Music Director and Chief Conductor 2001-2008). From 2008-2016 he served as General Music Director of the Opera Bonn and Beethovenorchester Bonn.

     

     

    • Christian Zacharias
      direcção musical
    • Leopold Hager
      conductor
  • 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
      Violin
    • Andras Burai
      Violin
    • Emilia Vanguelova
      Violin
    • Evandra Gonçalves
      Violin
    • José Despujols
      Violin
    • Ianina Khmelik
      Violin
    • Maria Kagan
      violin
    • Roumiana Badeva
      Violin
    • Tünde Hadadi
      Violin
    • Vadim Feldblioum
      violin
    • Vladimir Grinman
      Violin
    • Ana Madalena Ribeiro
      Head of section - Violin
    • Nancy Frederick
      Co-principal - Violin
    • Tatiana Afanasieva
      sub-principal - Violin
    • Domingos Lopes
      Violin
    • Francisco P. de Sousa
      Violin
    • José Paulo Jesus
      Violin
    • Karolina Andrzejczak
      violin
    • Lilit Davtyan
      Violin
    • Mariana Costa
      Violin
    • Nikola Vasiljev
      Violin
    • Paul Almond
      Violin
    • Pedro Rocha
      Violin
    • Mateusz Stasto
      Head of section - viola
    • Joana Pereira
      Co-principal - viola
    • Anna Gonera
      sub-principal - viola
    • Biliana Chamlieva
      viola
    • Emília Alves
      viola
    • Francisco Moreira
      viola
    • Hazel Veitch
      viola
    • Jean-Loup Lecomte
      viola
    • Luís Norberto Silva
      viola
    • Rute Azevedo
      viola
    • Theo Ellegiers
      viola
    • Nikolai Gimaletdinov
      Head of section - cello
    • Vicente Chuaqui
      Co-principal - cello
    • Feodor Kolpashnikov
      sub-principal - cello
    • Aaron Choi
      cello
    • Bruno Cardoso
      cello
    • Hrant Yeranosyan
      cello
    • Michal Kiska
      cello
    • Sharon Kinder
      cello
    • 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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