• 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), Unsuk Chin (2015) and Georges Aperghis (2017). 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

    conductor

    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, Saariaho, Birtwistle, Chin, Lachenmann, Lindberg, Haas mongst others and has conducted significant performances of major works by composers such as Ligeti, Romitelli, Boulez Vivier and Zimmermann most recently at the BBC Proms and Vienna Konzerthaus. A conductor of great flexibility with a broad-minded approach to programme-building and music-making, he shares his time between the opera house and concert hall, and is always eager to seek out educational and outreach opportunities as part of his work. He is Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Principal Conductor of the Basel Sinfonietta.

    In the 2017/18 season Brönnimann makes several significant debuts. In the US he makes his debut at New York’s Lincoln Center conducting Dark Mirror, Zender’s orchestral reimagining of Schubert’s Winterreise with Ian Bostridge at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts. In Europe he debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony at the Darmstadt Festival, with WDR Symphony in a programme celebrating the 100th anniversary of Zimmermann’s birth, the Estonian National Symphony orchestra and Orchestre National du Lyon amongst others. In past seasons, highlights have included projects with the Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Bergen Philharmonic amongst others and more recently debuts with the Vienna Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Aurora and Munich Chamber orchestras. He also works regularly with Klangforum Wien both in Vienna and on tour.

    In the opera house, Brönnimann has conducted Ligeti Le Grand Macabre at English National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) in both the La Fura dels Baus and Barrie Kosky productions, John Adams Death of Klinghoffer at English National Opera, 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 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. 

     

    • Leopold Hager
      conductor
  • 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
      Violin
    • Andras Burai
      Violin
    • Emília Vanguelova
      Violin
    • Evandra Gonçalves
      Violin
    • Ianina Khmelik
      Violin
    • José Despujols
      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
    • José Sentieiro
      Violin
    • Lilit Davtyan
      Violin
    • Mariana Costa
      Violin
    • Nikola Vasiljev
      Violin
    • Paul Almond
      Violin
    • Pedro Rocha
      Violin
    • Vítor Teixeira
      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 Kolpaschnikov
      sub-principal - cello
    • Aaron Choi
      cello
    • Bruno Cardoso
      cello
    • Gisela Neves
      cello
    • Hrant Yeranosyan
      cello
    • Michal Kiska
      cello
    • Sharon Kinder
      cello
    • Florian Pertzborn
      Chefe de naipe interino, Co-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
    • Luís Silva
      Head of section - clarinet
    • Carlos Alves
      Co-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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