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Rui Pinheiro - Conductor

Rui Pinheiro has been Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Portugal, since January 2015. Between 2010 and 2012, Rui Pinheiro was Associate Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (UK) during which he conducted the BSO in more than twenty important concerts including their Hall of Fame and Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II celebrations. In Lisbon, he conducted the Orquestra do Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa (2005-2008) and in London, Rui was Musical Director of the baroque opera company Ensemble Serse (performing on epoch instruments); and founded the Ensemble Disquiet, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Portuguese music (2008-2010).

In Portugal, Rui Pinheiro has conducted all the leading orchestras. Recent highlights include several performances with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, most notably the closing concert of the Dias da Música Festival, Lisbon; OSP's twentieth anniversary celebration concerts; a Verdi and Wagner gala performance at Festival ao Largo alongside the full chorus and soloists of Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos; and Rachmaninoff and Brahms concerts with Artur Pizarro which were broadcast live on Portuguese national radio, Antenna 2. With the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Rui has conducted performances of Holst's The Planets, Victor Gama's VELA 6911, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (at Festival de Música, Leiria); the concerts of the Prémio Jovens Músicos, Portugal's Young Musician of the Year (2013) which were broadcast live on Portuguese national television, RTP2 (including Freitas Branco's 1st Symphony); Stravinsky's The Firebird  (2014); Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez with guitarist, Miloš Karadaglić; Souvenance with the Anouar Brahem Quartet, Adriana Partimpim and Adriana Calcanhoto (2015); and Retiro with Rodrigo Leão at the Porto and Lisbon Coliseums (2015). Rui conducted symphonies by Beethoven and Mendelssohn with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa at Festival ao Largo (2013); and he led Orquestra Clássica da Madeira's Christmas and New Year celebrations as well as OCM's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert which was broadcast on RTP2 (2013-2014). He also conducted Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras at Festival de Musica em Leiria in 2014, as well as concerts with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in 2015.

Following his operatic debut in 2014 with Donizetti's La fille du Régiment at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, Rui directed the Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela's production of Los Diamantes de la Corona by Barbieri in 2015, also at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos.

Rui Pinheiro's most outstanding projects with Orquestra Clássica do Sul include the direction of the complete Piano Concertos by Beethoven, Mahler's 4th Symphony in partnership with Universidade de Évora, concerts with Vitorino, Janita Salomé and the Cantadores do Redondo group; Carlos Guilherme and Kátia Guerreiro; and several performances of Rita by Donizetti with the All'Opera Company and Matrioska with the Companhia de Dança do Algarve.

Highlights of Rui's performances in the United Kingdom include concerts with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera at the 2012 Fishguard International Festival; at the Philharmonia Orchestra's
Vienna: City of Dreams Festival (at London's South Bank Centre) and presentations in BBC Proms Plus, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 (2009-2010).

A staunch champion of contemporary music, Rui Pinheiro has worked closely with composers such as Kenneth Hesketh, Alison Kay, Augusta Read Thomas, Stephen MacNeff, Luís Soldado, Bruno Gil Soeiro, Luís Tinoco, Nuno Côrte-Real, Isabel Soveral and Clotidlde Rosa, having conducted their works in several world premieres. Currently, he also conducts regularly the GMCL - Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon).

In 2016 Rui Pinheiro conducted several concerts with Orquestra Clássica do Sul; with Orquestra Gulbenkian, the world premiere of Victor Gama's opera, 3milRIOS at the Grande Auditorio Lisbon; with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the premiere of Te Deum by Marcos Portugal; Shostakovich's 10th Symphony with the Oltenia State Philharmonic Orchestra, Craiova (Romania); and with Ensemble KNM Berlin, Victor Gama's VELA 6911.

After completing his musical studies in Portugal (graduation in piano at ESMAE and Master of Musical Arts at Universidade Nova de Lisboa), and in Hungary (post-graduation in piano and chamber music at Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest), Rui Pinheiro completed a Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied under Peter Stark and Robin O'Neill. He also worked with Jorma Panula and Colin Metters. As an assistant conductor, Rui has worked with Sir Roger Norrington, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski and John Wilson.


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Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon in a programme of Verdi and Wagner - and closing Dias da Musica Festival, Lisbon.

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'Pinheiro's immaculate orchestral balancing  delighted our ears...finely gauged attention to the music's character'

'Under the direction of Rui Pinheiro it was clear that the Pavilion soundstage

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'With Rui Pinheiro on the podium we were assured well-focused readings…'

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