Cascais Youth Orchestra – Auditions

In 2018, when Cascais was the Capital of Youth, and in partnership with the Cascais Municipality and the Frei Gonçalo de Azevedo School, the Cascais Music Conservatoire initiated a great project:


This orchestra gives the opportunity to the young residents or students in Cascais to begin an adventure that may transform their lives. The opportunities range from playing in a big orchestra with the possibility to play some of the most emblematic musical works, to the opportunity to travel, make friends and share amazing moments with nationally and internationally renowned musicians.

If you are more than 14 years old, have talent and know how to play an orchestra instrument, this is the perfect moment for you to apply! 

Apply now for the auditions on October 19th at 5.30pm, taking place at the Cascais Music Conservatoire!
You shall perform two contrasting pieces, or a piece and a study, from the 5th grade level or higher.

Applications end on October 14th. You may apply through the form below or at the Cascais Conservatory.

Get more information:
+351 214 643 460
[email protected]


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Francisco Viana

Francisco Viana was born in Lisbon in 1993.

He began his contrabass studies in Lisbon at the age of 14 with teacher Pedro Wallenstein, after having studied piano since he was 5.

He was admitted in 2013 to the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska (CSKG) in Madrid to attend the Degree in Music in the specialty of Interpretation with Professor Karen Martirossian.

After finishing his degree in 2017, he was admitted in 2018 to the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) to attend the Master in Music with Professor Manuel Rego.

Throughout his school career he had the opportunity to work with great masters of the contrabass in addition to full professors, in masterclass regime or private lessons, such as Luís Cabrera, Janne Saksala, Yuri Aksenov, Rinat Ibragimov, Vitan Ivanov, and Vladimir Kouznetsov.
He was also influenced in different ways in his musical career by teachers and musicians from other musical instruments and areas with whom he had the privilege of being able to collaborate and learn, such as Lev Vinocour, Cecília Berkovich, Vicente Alberola, George Pehlivanian, among others.

Between 2017 and 2019 he was a fellow of the GDA and EDP foundations through the OSJ-Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil. During this period he was integrated into the orchestra as head of the contrabass section, developing an intense activity of concerts throughout the country.

He also had the opportunity to perform solo with the orchestra in 2018, at Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, with the Concerto no2 in E Major for Contrabass and Orchestra by Karl D. Dittersdorf.

His professional activity nowadays is mostly composed of regular collaborations in orchestral formations, namely with the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 2019, and with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, with which he frequently collaborates on a regular basis as reinforcement since 2018.

Apart from his orchestral activity, he also frequently collaborates with various chamber music groups on different stages in Spain and Portugal, with which he develops a varied musical activity that ranges from ancient music to the present day.

He has been a Music Training teacher since 2012, and contrabass teacher since 2015, and has taught since then continuously in free and official education in various institutions in Portugal, from the initiation level to the successful preparation of professional education students for admission to Higher Education.

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André Castro

At the age of 16 he joined the Conservatório Nacional in the class of Professor João Paulo Monteiro.

In 2013/2014 through auditions, he joined “” (Youth Orchestra of all the Conservatories of Music in Portugal).

In 2014 he joined Professor Marco Fernandes class at the

Metropolitana Conservatory and after completing this course, continued the studies also in Lisbon with: Richard Buckley, Pedro Silva, Rui Sul Gomes and Fernando Llopis Mata at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra.

Also in 2014 he joined Portuguese Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra.

In 2016 he played as a solo guest with the National Conservatory Percussion Group at the

International Percussion Festival “Tomarimbando”.

Through auditions, he joined the Youth Orchestra in Germany: Deutsch-FranzösischesForum

Junger Kunst in 2017, where I had the opportunity to play the 8th

Bruckner’s Symphony in places like the

Berliner Dom and Stadtkirche Bayruth.

He worked with Professor Wolfgang Gaag and took a tour of Berlin, Strasbourg, Wiesbaden, Lübeck and Bayruth with conductor Nicolaus Richter.

In 2017 he won the audition for the Academy of Gulbenkian Orchestra, where he took a tour of Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra) playing in the most important places, directed by conductor Joana Carneiro.

Still connected to Gulbenkian Orchestra Academy, in 2018 he was selected to play with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in one concert during their tour to Portugal through the Side by Side project.

In 2020 he was selected through auditions for the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée (OJM) and have worked with Professor David Jackson from the London Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, he ́s having lessons with the former Concerctgebouw Timpanist, Marinus Komst and study in Conservatorio di Musica Lorenzo Perosi with Antonio Catone, Nando Russo and Carmelo Gullotto.

He participated in Masterclasses or had private lessons with Percussionists and Timpanists such as: Pedro Carneiro, Bence Major, Jeffrey Davis, Peter Vulperhorst, Vassilena Serafimova,Nick Woud, Andrew Wiering, Michael Lauren, Raymond Curfs, Bart Quartier, Nancy Zeltsman,

Hans Zonderop, Anders Åstrand, Mark Duggan, JB Lèclere, Mark Braafhard, Peter Sadlo, Bogdan Bacanu, Ji Hye Jung among others.

He collaborated with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Cascais Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Academic Orchestra, Madeira Classical Orchestra, ESML Symphony Orchestra, Beiras Philarmonic, Lisbon Film Orchestra among others.

He also worked with the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa and the Metropolitana BrassEnsemble.

He participated in some Youth Orchestras such as: Youth Symphony Orchestra of Portugal,, National Youth Orchestra among others.

He worked with the conductors: Michael Zilm, Gustavo Gimeno, Emilio Pomarico, Pedro Neves, Jean-Marc Burfin, Thomas Hampson, Lorenzo Viotti, Ludwig Wicky, Ernest Martinez Izquierdo, Paul McCreesh, Krzsysztof Urbanski, José Eduardo Gomes, Diogo Costa , Benjamin Shwartz, Robert Ziegler, Jorge Matta, Anthony Gabriele, Giancarlo Guerrero, Nuno Coelho, Ludwig Wicki, Hannu Lintu, Susanna Mälkki, Christopher Bochmann, Lawrence Foster, Jean Sebastien Bereau, Rafael Agullo Albors, Nikolay Lalov, Sebastian Perlowski, Claudio Scimone, among others and with soloists / artists like Jan Lisiecki, Jane Birkin, Igudesman & Joo, David Lefèvre, Sergei Kachatryan among others.

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Morta Grigaliūnaitė

“Nothing scares the brilliant Morta Grigaliūnaitė.” – Diapason Magazine

With performances broadcast live in 40 countries through the classical music channel Mezzo, Lithuanian pianist Morta Grigaliūnaitė has established herself as an active soloist and chamber musician. Since the release of her debut album in 2019, she continues to receive outstanding reviews for her interpretation of piano works by Grażyna Bacewicz. Described by critics as “powerful and dramatic”, her recordings have been featured on BBC Radio 3, as well as received fire-star reviews on Fanfare and Diapason magazines.

Morta first came to public attention in 2005, when she performed at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius at Mstislav Rostropovich’s invitation. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the National Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra, St. Christopher’s Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Georgian State Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra. The Lithuanian pianist has performed in various venues including Berliner Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, National Gallery in London, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Batumi Centre of Arts in Georgia, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in Baku and others. She has collaborated with such distin- guished artists as the renowned violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron, former solo oboist of the Berlin Philharmon- ic Hansjörg Schellenberger and Valentin Erben, a founding member of the Alan Berg Quartet.

Morta had her first piano lesson with Lolita Trepekūnienė in her hometown Pasvalys. After having met Mstislav Rostropovich, who encouraged her to pursue a career in music, she entered the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, where her teacher was Jūratė Karosaitė. At the age of 16, Morta moved to the United Kingdom to study with William Fong at the Purcell School of Music and soon after was awarded a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Hamish Milne. In addition to graduating with a First Class degree, Morta received various awards for outstanding stu- dentship throughout her time in London, and won several prizes in solo and chamber music competitions. During this period, Morta was kindly supported by the Rostropovich Help and Support Foundation and Michel Sogny Foundation “SOS Talents”. Morta’s further studies took place at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, where her teachers were Claudio Martínez Mehner and Dmitri Bashkirov. She currently holds a teaching position at The Purcell School of Mu- sic, Britain’s oldest specialist music school.

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João Balegas

João Balegas was born in Almada in 1993 and began his oboe studies at the age of 14 at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional with Prof. Luís Marques. Later on, at the same school, he entered the Curso Profissional de Instrumentista de Sopros e Percussão in the class of Prof. Salvador Parola. In 2019, he joined Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, in the class of Prof. Nélson Alves.

As a student, he participated in Masterclasses with Laura Marcos, Sally Dean, Christian Wetzel and Ramón Ortega Quero. He also took part in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Orquestra de Jovens dos Conservatórios Oficiais de Música, under the baton of Eduardo Garcia-Barrios and Rodolfo Saglimbeni, in the 2012 edition of OCPzero, conducted by Pedro Carneiro, and became an effective musician of the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil between 2012 and 2015, with the conducter Christopher Bochmann.

He integrated Banda Sinfónica do exército, between 2013 and 2014, and Banda do Exército – Destacamento do Porto, between 2014 and 2019, where he performed as a soloist on Oboe and English horn.

João Balegas has been playing with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Sinfonietta do Porto, Sinfonietta de Ponta Delgada, Capdeville Ensemble and Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, being conducted by Jean-Marc Burfin, José Eduardo Gomes, Pedro Amaral, Pedro Neves, Rui Pinheiro and Nikolay Lalov.

Currently, João Balegas is attending the last year of the Bachelor Degree in Orchestra Musician at Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, in the oboe class of Prof. Nélson Alves.


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Meehae Ryo

Cellist Meehae Ryo’s breathtaking technical virtuosity and captivating melody puts her as the most recognized cellist in the Republic of Korea. She endeavours to play music, which makes both herself and her audiences happy. Meehae has earned high praises for her top-notch performances. Some of the highlight of her performance includes a trio with pianist Martha Argerich, and a double concerto the famous violinist Schlomo Mintz.
At the young age of six, Meehae had her first cello lesson. She has won all national competitions, stirring her ambition to study abroad in order to grow her musical abilities in the best musical school.
She accepted a place at Julliard School at the age of sixteen, then completed her studies with DMA degree at the University of Michigan, preparing her to become a true musician.
She is one of the most preferred cellists, performing with numerous orchestras, such as the Berliner Symphony Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Roma Symphony Orchestra and more. With them, she stood in some of the most well-known concert halls, including Musikverein Golden Hall, Verdi Hall, Hercules Hall, Smetana Hall, Dvorak Hall, Liszt Hall, Carnegie Hall, Auditorium della conciliazione and Berliner Philharmonie Hall.
In 2013, Meehae recorded and released her album through Deutsche Grammophon, where she recorded Saint-Saëns and Elgar cello concerto. Previously, she has also released two albums with SONY Entertainment in which she recorded with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under maestro Vladimir Valek as the conductor, and with Cosmopolitan Trio as a member.
Meehae did not limit herself as a concert artist, but also participated in several competitions as a jury member. Till now, she has judged in the Khachaturian International competition, Antonio Janigro International Competition, Belgrade International Jeunesse competition, Beethoven International competition in Czech Republic, to name a few.
She is also one of most respected professors in Republic of Korea. Based on her personal
experiences, she not only teaches them techniques needed to play cello, but also about life as a cellist. She has been invited to give master classes in some of the most renowned music schools such as Vienna University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Kazakhstan Conservatory of Music.
Currently, she is living in Vienna, Austria. She is actively performing over 30 concerts a year as a concert cellist and holds the title of Artistic Director of IMK (

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Katharina Troe

Internationally renowned soloist and chamber musician started her professional studies with Martin Ostertag at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe at age 14. After her diploma she graduated from the Conservatories of Fiesole and Cologne and
became assistant professor to both of her teachers, Amedeo Baldovino and Claus Kanngiesser. She received essential artistic impulses from Janos Starker, David Geringas, Daniil Schafran, Anner Bylsma and Maria Kliegel. Prizewinner of national and international competitions, such as ” Jugend musiziert”, Parke-Davis-Preis, Premio Ferdinando Calcaviello, scholarship of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”, the Abbado Trust, the “Villa Musica” and the state government of Baden- Wurttemberg. As a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra she toured with Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Erich Leinsdorf. Ever since then, she became a welcome guest of numerous festivals, e.g. the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Frankfurter Feste, Mendelssohn-Festtage Leipzig, Robert-und-Clara-Schumann-Fest Leipzig, Weidener Max-Reger-Tage, Académies musicales de Saintes, Festspiele der Amici della Musica Firenze, Accademia Chigiana Siena, Musiksommer Claus. As a member of the Hyperion Trio she won the International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschach in 2001. Since then the Trio became a guest to international concert venues and festivals. Recordings of the Hyperion Trio and the solo recordings of the entire work for cello solo and duo with violin by Julius Röntgen are enthusiastically reviewed by the international music press. Katharina Troe has been teaching at the Conservatory of Music, Cologne from 1998-2006. Since 2013 she is a jury member of the international Brahms Competition, Pörtschach. She regularly gives masterclasses in Germany and Italy.

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Raúl da Costa

 Raúl da Costa, award winning pianist in various national and international contests, was rewarded, in 2016, the 10th prize and all the special prizes of the ZF-Musikpreis international contest. From a very young age he’s a recurrent presence in the most emblematic rooms of the country, highlighting the gained success in various international music festivals among many other stages throughout Europe, USA and Asia.

He was born in Póvoa do Varzim in 1993, where he started his music studies at 7 years old with Luís Amaro de Oliveira and Emília Coelho, getting afterwards in Academia de Música S.Pio X in Vila do Conde where he studied with Álvaro Teixeira Lopes.

In 2011 he iniciated his studies at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, in Hannover, in renowned teacher and pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Prof. Bernd Goetzke’s class, where he was part of the faculty. Nowadays, he studies at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Kirill Gerstein.

He was also given the channce to work with Dmitri Bashkirov, Ferenc Rados, Galina Eguiazarova, Tatiana Zelikman, Thomas Adès, Boris Berezovsky and Maria João Pires.

He was schoolarship holder of  Yamaha Musical Foundation of Europe, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

With a vast repertoire from Bach to Zimmerman, chamber music has always occupied an important place in his career, like the collaborations with Christoph Poppen, Juliane Banse, Bruno Monsaingeon, Valeriy Sokolov and Matvey Demin. Despite his young age, he made de debut of works by composers like Luiz Costa, Fernando Lopes-Graça, Eduardo Patriarca and Amílcar Vasques-Dias. When he was 12 years ols, he made his debut with an orchestra in Casa da Música, and since then he has collaborated with maestros like Theodore Kuchar, Antonio Pirolli, Joseph Swensen, Stefan Blunier, Martin Andre, Vladimir Lande, Vitaliy Protasov, Raphaël Oleg alongside orchestras like Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Filarmónica Janacek, Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado da Sibéria and Orquestra Sinfónica de Antalyia.

His interpretation of Rachmaninov 4th Concert for Piano was edited in CD with Porto’s Symphonic Orchestra, directed by Stephan Blunier. His live recordings can also be heard in diverse radio stations, like NDR, SWR and Deutschlandfunk in Germany, Radio France and Rádio Antena 2.

In 2018, Raúl da Costa assumed the position of Artistic Director of Póvoa do Varzim International Music Festival.

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Antonio di Cristofano

Antonio Di Cristofano completed his piano studies in 1986 at the Conservatory “L.Cherubini” in Florence, under the supervision of M° Bacchelli. He has perfected with M° Damerini.

He played as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Milano Classica Orchestra, Sinfonica Abruzzese, Sanremo Orchestra, FVG Mittleurope Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Bucarest, Orquesta Sinfonica de l’Estado de Mexico, Radiotelevision Albania Orchestra, Presidential Ankara Symphony Orchestra, Praga Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philarmonic, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Iasi State Philarmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Philarmonique de Montreal, Jerusalem Symphony, Slovak Filharmonie, Kaerntner Sinfonieorchester, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Norte, Sinfonica di Sao Paulo, Thuringen Orchestra,  Moravian Philharmonic, Euro Sinfonietta Wien, Sofia Philarmonic, Lodz Philarmonic and recently with La Scala Milan Orchestra, with conductors like G. Taverna, M. Bosch, M. Alsop, C. Schulz, M. Zanini, C. Olivieri-Munroe, L. Svarovsky, A. Chernushenko, M. Sieghart, T. Kuchar and many others. He played, in Italy, for the most important Festival: the “Verdi Theatre” in Florence, the “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Asolo Musica”, the Theatre of Alessandria, the “Bibbiena Theatre” in Mantova, the “Puccini Hall” at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Milan, “Politeama Theatre” in Palermo, “Auditorium San Barnaba” in Brescia, Festival Duni in Matera, etc., in Romania Enescu Festival in Bucarest, Espana (Festival de Vigo, Toledo Festival, Jeunesses Musicales de Sevilla), Mexico (Belles Artes Palacio, Revueltas Auditorium), USA (Moores Opera House of Houston, Gates Concert Hall in Denver, Washington International Piano Festival, ecc), Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir and Adana), Croatia (Dubrovnik – Rector Palace), Czech Republic (Praga – Smetana Hall and Dvorak Hall), Russia (Ciaikovsky Conservatoire), South Korea (Seoul – Leeum Auditorium), France (Nancyphonies Festival), Austria (Konzerthaus – Klagenfurt), Germany (Gasteig – Munich), Chopin Society Warsaw, Canada (Toronto – Glenn Gould Studio), Grieg Festival in Norway, Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, Shanghay and Shenzen piano festival an Hong Kong City Hall (China), Swiss, Albania, Israel, England, Portugal, Bulgary, Ukraine, Belgium, Brasil, Serbia, Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, Estonia, Finland, Egypt, ecc.

He recorded cds with Velut Luna and Millenium label and recently a newone titled Encores.

In 2006 and 2007 he mades the debut in Carnegie Hall – New York and in Konzerthaus and Golden Hall MusikVerein in Wien where he will perform again in December 2019. He is often invited as a judge in international Piano Competition (Compositores de Espana – Madrid, Varallo, Cantù, Osijek, Gante – Pordenone, Parigi, Viardo – Belmont, Rachmaninov – Moscow, Iturbi – Valencia, Parnassos – Monterrey, Astana Merei International Competition -Astana, Baltic piano Competition -Gdansk, Bajic Memorial -Novi Sad, Hong Kong International Young Pianist Competition, Nordic Piano Competition – Malmoe, Mozart Piano Competition – Aachen, Louisiana Piano Competition, Cleveland Piano Competition, Seregno – Pozzoli Piano Competition, ecc) and to teach in Ciaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Valencia Conservatory, in the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, in Shanghay, Xiamen and Ningbo Conservatory in China, in the SMC Academy in Seoul, In Valletta International Piano Festival, in Sofia Conservatory, in Thessaloniki Conservatory, in The Orpheus Academy in Wien and in many USA University.

He received three times the Paul Harrys Fellows from Rotary Club. He is Guest Professor at the Xiamen Conservatory in China and in the Summer Academy Orpheus in Wien. In 2018, he received the “Grifone d’Oro Prize” from the Grosseto City.

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Pedro Martinho

Born in 1994, in Penacova, Pedro Martinho is a soloist at City Light Symphony Orchestra and, at the moment, he works frequently with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. As an invited performer, he has worked with Philharmonia Zürich (Zürich Opera Orchestra), Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orchestre de Paris, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestra Leonore, and also, he has played “Konzertstück” Op. 2 de Franz Berwald, as a soloist with Orquestra Clássica do Centro. This allowed him to work with internationally renowned conductores such as Bernard Haitink, Hartmut Keil, Fabio Luisi, Colin Metters, Vasily Sinaisky, Allan Gilbert, Daniel Stabrawa, Toby Hoffman e Baldur Brönnimann, among others.

In 2015 and 2019, he was awarded the 1st place in the Wind Instruments International Competition “Terras de la Salette”; and in 2016, 3rd place in Prémio Jovens Músicos (no 1st place awarded).

He finished his Bachelor in Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo – ESMAE, in the class of the teacher Pedro Silva and, has finished his Masters in Performance – Classic and is currently doing his Masters in Music – Orchestra at ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) in the class of the teacher professor Giorgio Mandolesi. Pedro also had the opportunity of participate in Masterclasses with prestigious bassoon players such as Marco Postinghel, Stefano Canuti, Pierre Olivier Martens, Carlo Colombo e Georg Klütsch.

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Online Classes of the Conservatory

The Conservatory increased its offer to students that, otherwise, would not have access to its courses. Choose the discipline of your preference on the list below. If you wuld like to know more details about each discipline, click on the link "More details".

The online classes have a monthly fee of 150€.

For mor info, use the contact page of our main menu.









Acoustic Guitar
Electric Guitar
Electric Bass




Composition Analysis and Techniques
History of Music
Music Theory

Winds (Metal)


Apply through the form below!

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Retrospective from the I Academy and Competition of Orchestra Conducting

After a postponing due to the conditionings of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we finally succeeded on making the I Academy and Competition of Orchestra Conducting come to reality. It took place during October and we received candidates from many countries. Initially, we received 28 enrolments, among which many of the foreigners had to quit, either due to travelling restrictions as to the change of dates. Still, we received participants from Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Spain.

The Academy was divided in two levels, namely the Basic Level  (16 – 20 October) and the Superior Level (20 – 24 October). During a week, the young conductors had the oportunity to work with the orchestra under the guidance of the conductors Nikolay Lalov and Roberto Gianola (Italy), who was able to replace in the last minute the initially invited Richard Rosenberg (EUA), also prevented from travelling because of the current circumstances.

At the last Saturday’s Final Concert and Competition, the 3 finalists conducted works from Mozart and Beethoven, having been evaluated by the jury which consisted of the two conductors and the members of the orchestra. The members gathered right after the final chords of the concert and the final results were announced to the audience, which almost filled the room capacity of Auditório Sra. Boa Nova. The prizes were atributed as following:

1st prize: Jacek Brzoznowski (Poland)
Received a prize of 1000€, the refund of the course fee and an invitation to conduct a concert during the 2021 season of OCCO.

2nd prize: Tiago Moreira da Silva (Portugal)
Received a prize of 600€ and the refund of the course fee.

3rd prize: Davide Guarneri (Italy)
Received the refund of the course fee .

Every participants expressed their satisfaction, praising the course organization and the work of the orchestra, and showing their interest in repeating the experience. And accordingly, Maestro Nikolay Lalov announced that this is a long term project and that the second edition of the Academy and Competition of Orchestra Conducting is already scheduled to July of 2021.

OCCO would like to thank to all the participants, to Maestro Roberto Gianola for his last-minute availability, as well as to the OCCO musicians for their excellent performance and professionalism shown during all these days of intense work.

You can check for more photos in our Facebook page.

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Telmo Costa

Telmo began his musical studies when he was 7 years old.
He started studying with professor Hélder Tavares in Academia de música de Paços de Brandão, where he finished highschool with distinction.
He attended several masterclasses with António Saiote, Nuno Pinto, Florent Héau, François Benda, Kilian Herold, Harri Mäki, among many others.
He was awarded with many prizes in national and international competitions, such as 1st Prize in “Concurso Luso-espanhol”, 1st Prize in International Clarinet Competition APC, Golden Prize in Vienna International Music Competition, 1st Prize in North International Music Competition and 1st Prize in “Prémio Jovens Músicos”. In this very competiton he was awarded with three more prizes, the Young Musician of the Year (“Maestro Silva Pereira Prize), European Union of Music Competitions for Youth Prize, and “Prémio Círculo Richard Wagner”.
As far as his orchestral experience is concerned, he took part in “Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa” between 2013 and 2017, “Estágio Gulbenkian de Orquestra” em 2017 e 2018, “Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester” in 2016 and 2018, “Neue Philhamornie München” in 2018 and Schweizer Jugend Sinfonieorchester in the same year. He also collaborated with “Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa”, “Luzerner Sinfonieorchester” and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
In 2019 he won the academy position in “Luzerner Sinfonieorchester” and 1st Soloist Co-Principal in “Orquestra Gulbenkian”.
He is currently studying in Hochschule für Musik Basel in Switzerland with François Benda.

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André Miguel Santos

Born in Lisbon, November 1984.
Degree in Economics by Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2006), in Classical Guitar (2010) and Composition by Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He has also attended Flamenco Guitar classes with Oscar Herrero (Madrid) and Pedro Jóia (Lisbon).
Throughout his career he has already played with Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra, Gulbenkian Choir, Macau Chinese Orchestra and some of the most famous Portuguese artists (ex: Marisa, Resistência, Mísia, Ricardo Ribeiro, Teresa Salgueiro, Quorum Ballet, Carla Pires, Maria Ana Bobone, etc.), in many countries around the world.
Since 2007, André is a resident member of the Jury at the “Almada´s Intervention Music National Competition”. In 2011 he received the Young Talent award from the Almada municipality.
In the last years André started to play solo and made more than 200 concerts in the last 3 years.
As a composer, he has written for different projects and music styles, from small chamber music groups to full-sized orchestras. His music has been performed by some of the most notorious Portuguese music interpreters and in several countries, from the USA to China. In 2016 the National Flute Association (EUA) honored André with the Newly Published Music Competition Award with his work “O motivo da menina Laite” for solo flute. André has realised 4 albums with his compositions.
He is the guitar player of the group Melech Mechaya and Lisbon Guitar Quartet.

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Sandra Medeiros

Sandra Medeiros was born in São Miguel, Azores. She graduated from the Lisbon
College of Music. She continued her studies (with scholarships from the Gulbenkian
Foundation and the National Cultural Centre) at the Royal Academy of Music in
London where, in 2003, she graduated with distinction from her Postgraduate Degree in
Vocal Performance.
Her prizes have included the Amanda von Lob Memorial Prize.
She has attended masterclasses in Portugal, Austria, Spain, England and France with
eminent musicians such as Ileana Cotrubas, Teresa Berganza, Marimi del Pozo,
Gundula Janowitz, Frank Ferrari, Jill Feldman and Paul Esswood, among others.
She has been awarded several prizes in national and international singing competitions.
She was finalist of the prestigious Wigmore Award at the Wigmore Hall in London and
won a second prize in the V International Singing Competition Bidu Sayão in Brazil.
Her activity as a soloist ranges from early music to oratorio, Lied, melodie, 20 th and 21 st
century song and opera. She has already performed under the direction of renowned
conductors such as Michael Corboz, Lawrence Foster, Marc Minkowski, Philippe
Herreweghe, Sir Charles Mackerras, Laurence Cummings, Enrico Onofri, Jose Ramon
Encinar, Giancarlo De Lorenzo and Nikolay Lalov, amongst many others. She also
performed with the most prestigious Portuguese orchestras, with the most notorious
early music Portuguese groups, including Os Músicos do Tejo and Divino Sospiro, with
PIBO (Baroque orchestra of RAM) Camerata Lysy Gstaad, the Warsaw Symphony
orchestra, L’Avventura London and Concerto Köln.
She has recorded for Portuguese, Brazilian and Spanish television and for Portuguese,
Bulgarian and English radio (BBC3). She also recorded for Naxos and Hyperion labels.
The Portuguese contemporary music has played a prominent role in her career, having
premiered four 20th and 21st century operas and works from composers like João
Madureira, Carlos Marecos, Carlos Caires, Nuno Côrte-Real, Sérgio Azevedo, Emanuel
Frazão and Rogério Medeiros among others.
Her operatic roles include Barbarina (Le Nozze) Princese (L’énfant et Les Sortiléges),
Dragonfly (The Cunning Little Vixen), Frasquita (Carmen), Serpina (Serva padrona),
Cardella (Frate Nnamorato), Carlota (As Damas Trocadas, Marcos Portugal), Lindane
(Lindane e Dalmiro, Cordeiro da Silva), Flaminia (Il Mondo della luna, Pedro
Avondano), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), among others.
She is a regular guest at the main theaters, concert halls and music festivals in Portugal.
She has also performed in important venues in the U.K., Germany, Spain, France,
Luxembourg, Macau, Bulgaria, Brazil and Uruguay.
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Jéssica Evaristo

Initiated her dance experience at the age of 6. Certified by Dançônica Escola de Dança in ballet, jazz and tap. Licentiate degree in Physical Education by the University Salgado de Oliveira, in Rio de Janeiro. Was a dancer at CCD Company, in Rio. Certified Body Jam (Street jazz and hip-hop) teacher by Body Systems. Registered by the Professional Dancers Union in Rio de Janeiro, having also specialized in the areas of classical ballet, musical jazz, tap, contemporary and choreography. Was a dancer in several soap operas as well as Brazilian television shows. In Portugal, experience in choreography with disabled children. 13 years of experience as a dance teacher.

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Mark Kadin

Mark Kadin is Music Director of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra since September 2017.​ From 2004 to 2014 he was Music Director of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra and from 1996 to 2004, Associated Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra. He has maintained a regular relationship with orchestras in about 30 countries around the world and has worked with top level artists such as Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Mikhail Pletnev, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Boris Berezovsky and many others.

​Born in Ukraine into a family with deep musical traditions, Mark Kadin received his musical training in Moscow at The Gnessin State Musical College and at a prominent Russian Academy of Music. While still a student he began his conducting career in 1990 as an Assistant Conductor of the State Youth Symphony Orchestra “Young Russia” and the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music. He subsequently became Associate Conductor of the Moscow Radio Concert Orchestra.

​In 1996 Mikhail Pletnev invited Kadin to become Associate Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, where he served until 2004. He worked closely with Valery Gergiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Kent Nagano, Evgeny Svetlanov.

At the invitation of Vladimir Spivakov he became Resident Conductor of the State Chamber Orchestra Moscow Virtuosi from 1999 to 2003. Kadin has conducted annually about 30 concerts in Russia, notable leading the orchestra on European tour to Switzerland, Netherlands and Germany including concerts at the Kolner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Duesseldorf and Munich-Herkulessaal.

Kadin was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2014, where he was responsible for the success and growth of the orchestra. He has been increasingly recognized for his original programming and interpretation of the Russian repertoire and his search for a purity of orchestral sound. His repertoire has expanded over the years to extend well beyond the usual core classical pieces to also encompass Sibelius, Elgar, Dvorák, Mahler as well as introducing audiences to the music of contemporary composers. All the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff as well as all the most important works by Shostakovitch, Prokofiev, Rimsky Korsakov and Mussorgsky were performed in Krasnoyarsk. In addition to conducting 40 symphonic concerts each season Kadin established a groundbreaking Summer Open Air Festival in Krasnoyarsk and other cities in the Siberian region attended by tens of thousands of spectators since 2011. He led the orchestra on three Asian tours to China and Korea with concerts in prestigious concert halls including the Seoul Art Center.

​His numerous collaborations with Russian orchestras include concerts with the Russian National Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Philharmonic and the orchestras of Novosibirsk, Samara, Volgograd, Voronej, Khabarovsk, Omsk, Irkutsk, Rostov. As guest conductor Kadin has worked with various orchestras in Europe, Asia and South America including the Rome Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Filharmonia Artur Rubinstein, Istanbul State Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, Orquestra do Parana, Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan, Xiamen Philharmonic, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra and others.​

Kadin has collaborated with many top level soloists such as Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Sumi Jo, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Mikhail Pletnev, Viktor Tretyakov, Boris Berezovsky, Nikolay Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Knyazev and many others.

​His recent activities with Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra include participation in prestigious national festivals – Sofia Music Weeks and Varna Music Summer and critically acclaimed tour to South Korea in November 2018.

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Cristiana Oliveira

Cristiana Oliveira, eminent portuguese soprano with an international career, had her debuts the last season in Italy, at Catania’s Massimo Bellini, with the role of Magda in Puccini’s “La Rondine”, and as Madalena di Cogny in Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier”. She also debuted in Germany with Beethoven’s bravery aria “Ah Perfido” and Verdi’s “Requiem”.

On the 2019/2020 season she will be “Butterfly”, “Leonora” in A Forza del Destino, “Musetta” in La Boheme and “Leonora” in Il Trovatore.

Cristiana Oliveira studied piano and violin from a young age before graduating in Singing at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts in Porto, Portugal. She attended the Estúdio de Opera de Barcelona, as well as the New York Opera Studio. Cristiana won the XIV Estoril International Interpretation Competition, performing “The Four Last Songs of Strauss”, and the Jury Special Prize at the International Singing Competition “Maria Malibran” in Milan.

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Lino Monteiro

Lino Monteiro was born in 1982, in Viseu. He started his musical studies when he was eight years old, having entered the following year in the Regional Conservatory of Music Dr. José de Azevedo Perdigão, in the same city.
In 2002 he finished the complementary piano course being a pupil of Jorge Martins and pursued his musical studies in Almada’s ISEIT where he is currently concluding his piano degree, under the guidance of masters Filipe Pinto Ribeiro and Rosa Maria Barrantes.
He has participated in numerous Masterclasses and recently performed as a soloist in the 7th Mafra Music Festival, on the occasion of the celebration of the 300th birthday of Carlos Seixas.
In addition to his studies, he is also very active as a teacher.

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Joana Soares

Young Portuguese oboist, Joana studies at the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris in the class of David Walter and Nora Cismondi. She graduated in Music from the University of Aveiro in the class of Jean-Michel Garetti, having previously performed her musical studies at the Music Conservatory of Jobra in the class of Jonathan Costa, Jean-Michel Garetti and Ana Madalena Silva.
Joana was awarded the 3rd place in the Young Artist Oboe Competition – IDRS (Spain), 1st place in the 32nd edition of the Young Musicians Award (Superior Level) and the European Union Prize for Music Competitions.
She performed solo with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, in Portugal.
Born in 1997 in Vale de Cambra, she began her studies at the age of five in a local band.
During her artistic life she had the opportunity to work with renowned oboists such as David Walter, Christian Wetzel, Jean-Luc Fillon, François Leleux, Nora Cismondi, Frédéric Tardy, Christian Schmitt, Robert Silla, J.M. Poupelin, Louise Pellerin, Ricardo Lopes, Pedro Ribeiro and Samuel Bastos, as well as with conductors such as Patrick Davin, Tito Ceccherini, Pierre-André Valade, Julien Leroy, David Walter, Takashi Kondo, Ernst Schelle, Pedro Neves, José Eduardo Gomes, Jan Cober, Andreas Weiß, Marc Lys, Antonio Saiote, José Rafael Vilaplana, Alberto Roque, Alex Shillings, Carlos Marques, Luís Carvalho, Francisco Ferreira, António Vassalo Lourenço and André Granjo, among others.
Joana was a member of the European Capital of Culture Orchestra (Guimarães 2012), the Young Portuguese Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra Internship.
She collaborates frequently with the Portuguese Symphonic Band and has collaborated with Sine Nomine Orchestra, Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de la Nouvelle Europe, Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Paris, Orchestre de Colonne and Orchestre Sostenuto.
Joana has been a laureate in various competitions as a soloist, highlighting the 2nd Prize in the 29th Edition of the Young Musicians Prize (Medium Level), the 1st prizes in the International Wind Competition “Terras de La-Salette” on the categories Infantil, Júnior and Senior, and the Prize of the Public and 1st place (ex-aequo) at the Interpretation Prize Frederico de Freitas / University of Aveiro.
As for chamber music, she joined the group pentaUnio (wind quintet), with which she reached 3rd places at the Third National Contest “Gilberta Paiva” and at the 30th edition of the Young Musicians Award (Superior Level).
Also worthy of mention are the participations in the Kultur Sommer Nordhessen (Kassel, Germany) with the Young Portuguese Orchestra, in the World Music Contest (Netherlands) with the Portuguese Symphonic Band, the recording of the CD “The Ghost Ship” with the Portuguese Symphonic Band and a 12-concert tour in China with the Orchestre de Chambre de la Nouvelle Europe.

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