• 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 Sibelius symphonies and new commissions from composers Luca Francesconi, Francesco Filidei 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), Harrison Birtwistle (2020) and Peter Eötvös (2021), 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


    Stefan Blunier has been chief conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música since the beginning of 2021. In addition to his engagements in Porto, Stefan Blunier will conduct in the 2021/22 season the Orchestre Suisse Romande, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Darmstadt State Orchestra, l'Orchestre symphonique de l'Opéra de Toulon and the Singapore Symphony. At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein he will return with Verdi's Macbeth.

    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 Carmen, 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 conducted 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, Duisburg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Museumskonzerte, 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
  • Musicians

    Composition Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música

    • Evgeny Makhtin
      Section Leader
    • James Dahlgren
      honorary section leader - Violin
    • Álvaro Pereira
      2nd Section Leader - Violin
    • Alan Guimarães
    • Radu Ungureanu
      Assistant Section Leader - Violin
    • Andras Burai
    • Emilia Vanguelova
    • Evandra Gonçalves
    • 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
    • José Paulo Jesus
    • Karolina Andrzejczak
    • Lilit Davtyan
    • Mariana Costa
    • Nikola Vasiljev
    • Paul Almond
    • Pedro Rocha
    • Catarina Martins
      violin - Violin
    • 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
    • João Cunha
      cello - cello
    • Irene Alvar
      cello - cello
    • Rui Rodrigues
      Head of section - double bass
    • Florian Pertzborn
      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
    • 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
      Head of section - tube
    • Bohdan Sebestik
      Co-principal - tube
    • Eduard 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
    • Bruno Costa
      Co-principal - percussion
    • Nuno Simões
      sub-principal - percussion
    • Paulo Oliveira
      sub-principal - percussion
    • Ilaria Vivan
      Co-principal - Harp
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