Artistic Director

Cesário Costa

Cesario Costa has distinguished himself as one of the most active Portuguese conductors of his generation. In 1997, he won the III Fundação Oriente International Competition for Young Conductors and has been invited to conduct countless national and international orchestras. His repertoire spans from the Baroque to Contemporary, including over one-hundred and thirty pieces which have been performed for the first time. However, as well as an orchestra conductor, he has carried out other teaching and music programming roles at different institutions. He was President of the Metropolitana/Association of Music, Education and Culture, an institution which is managed by the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (where he was also the Artistic Director), Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, Escola Profissional Metropolitana and Conservatório da Metropolitana. He was the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor for the Orquestra do Algarve and the Orquestra Clássica do Sul and he is currently the chief conductor of OrchestrUtopica.

In the last few years, Cesario Costa has conducted, to name a few, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rome Symphony Orchestra, the Sudecka Philharmonic (Poland), the Rzeszów Philharmonic (Poland), the Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain), the Orquesta Sinfónica de Múrcia (Spain), the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia), the Orchestrele si Corurile Radio | Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Berliner Symphoniker and the State symphony orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”. In the field of contemporary music, he has performed with different groups, such as the Remix Orquestra, Ensemble für Neue Musik (Würzburg), OrchestrUtopica (Portugal), Arhus Sinfonietta (Denmark) and the Plural Ensemble (Madrid). He has taken part in countless Music Festivals, which included the Atlantic Waves – Portuguese Music Festival (London), Aberdeen Music Festival (Scotland), Arhus Music Festival (Denmark), Neerpelt Music Festival (Belgium), Dresden Music Festival (Germany), Murcia Music Festival (Spain), the Estoril, Sintra, Póvoa do Varzim, Espinho, Coimbra, Leiria and Mafra Music Festivals.

He has performed in Spain, France, Andorra, Germany, Scotland, Belgium, the UK, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Macedonia, Poland, Latvia, Romania, Albania, Malaysia, Brazil, Mexico, Cabo Verde, China, Turkey, Serbia, Russia, Argentina and Canada, his main concern always being to publicize national pieces in the programmes he performs. In Portugal, he has collaborated with the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the Casa da Música, the Teatro da Trindade, the Teatro Nacional São João, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, the Centro Cultural de Belém, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and the Fundação de Serralves, among many other institutions. In recent years, he has worked with the majority of contemporary Portuguese composers, on opera and orchestral music premieres, both in Portugal and abroad.

He has collaborated with soloists such as António Meneses, Jan Lisiecki, António Rosado, Branford Marsalis, Boris Berezovky, David Russel, Elisabete Matos, Gerardo Ribeiro, Mário Laginha, Ute Lemper, to name a few, and he has worked with directors such as Luís Miguel Cintra, Terry Jones, Beatriz Batarda, João Pedro Vaz, Maria Emília Correia and the choreographer Olga Roriz.

After completing his Piano Degree, in Paris, Cesario Costa decided to study an Orchestra Conducting Course, which he graduated with a distinction and a Masters at the Würzburg University of Music, under the guidance of Professor Hans-Rainer Foerster. In 1997, he was the scholarship holder of the Bayreuther Festspielen. As well as performing at concerts, he has also worked as an Artistic Director and Chief Conductor at the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho and as the Artistic Director of the Coliseu do Porto’s Promenade Concerts. At the same time, he has held teaching roles at different schools and was a professor at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.