Born in Loures, Portugal, António Saiote is an renown artist and educator worldwide.
He studied as a fellow of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris with Guy Deplus and Jacques Lancelot, and in Munich with Gerd Starke, where he got a Meisterdiplom from the Hochschule in Munich with distinction. He completed a post-graduation in Contemporary Music at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain with Arthur Tamayo, and Traditional Repertoire in England with Georges Hurst. He obtained a MPhil in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Sheffield.
He performed with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony, Classical Orchestra of Porto, Régie Orchestra, Radio Lisbon and Porto, São Paulo, Shanghai, Philharmonic of Beiras, North Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Algarve, and Symphony Zurich.
He has been a guest soloist on congresses worldwide, in the United States, Belgium, France, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Spain and Italy.
António Saiote performed in festivals in Sintra, Estoril, Nancy, Shanghai, Macau, Rabat, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Caracas, São José Santos Lima, Yangi, Musicalta, Oviedo, Guimaraes, Aveiro, Vila Real, Vila Nova de Gaia, Paços de Brandão, Espinho, Algarve, Madeira, Azores, Folle Journée (CCB), Camerino, Atri and Porto Alegre.
Since 1998, he has been developing in parallel a fruitful conducting career, having conducted all portuguese orchestras and other orchestras in Spain, Venezuela, France and Germany. He conducted operas such as Sousa Carvalho’s O Amor Industrioso, Haydn’s Il Boticario, Mozart ‘s Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, João Arroyo’s Amor de Perdição, Kurt Weill’s Kleine Mahagony and The Seven Deadly Sins, Alexandre Delgado’s O Doido e a Morte, Ravel’s The Spanish Hour, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
He has been a jury member in the prestigious competitions of Toulon, Constancia, Sevilla, Warsaw, Caracas, Kortrik, Ghent, Brasilia and president of the Valentino competition Bucchi in Rome. He was appointed for Honorary Member of the International Clarinet Association by unanimous vote, and was awarded the title of “Latin American Clarinet Personality” by the ClariPeru Association. He was the mentor and co-founder of the 2009 Clarinet World Congress in Oporto and the artistic director of the Guimarães Festival and the Guimarães Academy.
He performed and taught in more than thirty countries in Asia, Europe, America and North Africa. Currently, he teaches at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto (ESMAE). He is the artistic director and chief conductor of the ESMAE Symphonic Orchestra and the artistic director of the “Marcos Romão International Clarinet Meeting”. He is also a founding member of “Opera Norte”.
He collaborates regularly as a teacher, soloist and conductor with the Venezuelan System of Youth Orchestras.
He recorded several CDs and maintains an active profile on the YouTube of his performances. He speaks Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish, and English.