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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Thainá Moretti

From Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Thainá started her dancing at 3 years old with creative dance. At 7 she started attending classes of Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap Dance, to which she dedicated the following 10 years.
Thainá graduated in Dance at Centro Universitário da Cidade (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) in 2009 and, while studying, she danced with the dance company UniverCidade, where she performed Jazz, Modern and Contemporary dances.
She performed in several professional festivals, with highlights to Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), Dança em Pauta (São Paulo, Brasil) and Brasil Move Berlim (Berlin, Germany), as well as in renowned stages such as Theatro Municipal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil).
With 16 years of teaching experience, she worked in many schools for children education and at Academia Rose Mansur (Niterói, Brasil) where, besides building knowledge on choreography making and production of shows, she was the Pedagogical Coordinator of the Children’s Ballet course for 8 years.
Thainá is currently a professional dancer and teacher of Creative Dance, Contemporary Dance and Jazz Dance.

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Maria Pires

Maria began her dance studies at Academia de Dança Contemporânea de Setúbal (ADC), under the guidance of Maria Bessa and António Rodrigues. She had as teachers Irina Stupina, Carlos Prado, Cristina Maciel, Birte Lundwall, João Mouro, Luís Carolino and Vanda Nascimento in Classical Dance Techniques. In Modern Dance Technique, she had as teachers Andrea Diegues, Maria João Lopes and Marina Sacramento, and Irina Tchernychova in Character Dance, among other teachers. She finished the Dancers Training Course in 2002.

She was part of the ADC Dance Company Pequena Companhia where she performed choreographies of Marius Petipa, Jean Dauberval, Irina Tchernychova, António Rodrigues, Andrea Diegues, Jose Limon, Carlos Prado, Iolanda Rodrigues, Maria João Pires and Karen Bell-Karen.

Maria finished the Bachelor in Physiotherapy (2007) at UATLA – Universidade Atlântica, and is graduated in Theater – Scene Direction and Production (2012) by ESMAE – Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo. She integrated the ERASMUS IP project “Sound Art in City Spaces” in 2011, in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in 2016 she finished the advanced training in Dance Movement Therapy at ISPA – Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada.

She is a freelance dancer since 2002, having worked with several choreographers and made many tours in Europe, Africa and Middle East. Maria started teaching dance in 2007 at the 7.ª Posição Dance School in Lisbon, and since then she has been teaching in many schools in Lisbon and Porto the styles of Classical, Contemporary and Jazz Dance.

Maria received the distinction “Máscaras de Ouro 2005” for her effort and professionalism as dancer from Teatro Maria Vitória.

Since 2012 she accumulates roles as cultural producer and scene director.

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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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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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Allan Petker

Allan Robert Petker is a published composer and arranger with over 250 published works with numerous publishing houses. His conducting books, “Choral Questions and Answers” Vols. I, II, III, IV and V, have become staples in school curriculum and for secondary resource material. His crusade to offer a cure for musical illiteracy culminated in the publication of the ADVANCE learning series. As a composer for hire he has written original scores for live performance and has penned a number of original T.V. commercials which have appeared on the CNBC network. Allan holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from California State University at Northridge in music, specializing in viola (BA), voice and choral conducting (MA).

Allan has been involved in the choral music publishing industry for many years. In 1977 he became the Director of Publications for Fred Bock Music Company and subsidiaries, and is currently the Vice President of Publications. In 1989 he established his own company, Pavane Publishing, and later added John Rich Music Press to his portfolio.

As a conductor, Allan frequently serves as a guest clinician or conductor for publishers, choral societies, church festivals, state honor choirs and colleges. In the summer of 1994 he formed Consort Chorale, an ensemble of 50 auditioned voices from the San Francisco Bay area, which maintains an on-going concert series. In 2004 he became the Conductor and Artistic Director for the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, an 80-voice ensemble that performs a subscription concert season with orchestra. In September of 2015 Allan became the conductor of the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, a 60-voice auditioned choral ensemble based in Torrance. His chorales have toured Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and Argentina and are preparing for a trip to South Africa. Allan is a past President of the National Association of Church Musicians.

Since 1989 Allan has been a clinician in two summer church music conferences at Lake Tahoe, one for church choir singers, “Summer Sing” and another for church choir directors, “Tuning @ Tahoe.”

As an instrumentalist, Allan has done free-lance studio work and occasional concert playing. You may even catch him playing jazz violin and viola at a local pub, one of his favorite things to do.

Allan is married to Kimberly Ayers, and they live in San Pedro, CA and worship at the First Presbyterian Church, where Allan also directs the choir. He has two grown children, Joshua Petker, a rising L.A. (visual) artist, and Elyce Petker, who works in publishing, and a recent addition to the Petker family, the first grandchild, Isabella.

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David Thye

David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, lecturer and clinician.  While inspiring excellence through discipline and musical integrity, Dr. Thye consistently delivers cutting-edge “live” performances with sincerity, focus and enthusiasm.

Dr. Thye is the Robert L. Burton chair of graduate conducting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and music director and conductor of the Master Chorale (the principal chorus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra).  In addition to his work with Southwestern, Thye is principal associate conductor with MidAmerica Productions in NYC.  Prior to his present posts, he was director of choral activities at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, the University of Montana in Missoula, and the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

Having received his B.A. degree in music education and voice from the University of Sioux Falls, Thye began his teaching career as a public school choral director. He earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has studied with such noted teachers as Eph Ehly, Weston Noble, Margaret Hillis, Don Moses, Glenn Block, Ron Nelson, Rod Walker and many others.

Under Thye’s baton, various high school, collegiate and professional choral organizations have been selected to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City and other premier concert halls and venues across the nation.  Dr. Thye continues to be active as a conductor of music festivals.  In recognition of his outstanding success, the University of Sioux Falls presented him with its Alumni Pacesetter Award.

With over 35 years of leadership experience in music, Thye has conducted and managed numerous music and drama organizations, from elementary-age to professional-based ensembles—encompassing such varied genres as jazz, symphonic works, musical theatre, opera and oratorio.  At ease with conducting instrumentalists or vocalists, orchestras or choirs, he thrives at combining musical forces in performance and has conducted most of the major choral works in the repertory.

As an advocate for outstanding sacred music, Dr. Thye has been a significant force for musical excellence in the church.  He has been director of music and worshipin several churches with weekly attendance ranging up to 5,000 people. These churches include First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, Kansas, and Grace Community Church in Tempe, Arizona.  Thye presently serves as the worship arts pastor at First Baptist Church in Justin, Texas.

Critics acclaim his “virtuosity as a conductor.”  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram hailed one of his performances stating, “Handel’s Messiah as performed by the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra… was masterful on all fronts.  But, while most performances of this oratorio are judged by the amount of thunder they bring…, the quality of this rendition might have been best revealed by how conductor David R. Thye handled quiet passages.  Because, in addition to the heavens-rattling tonsil-wagging… that makes the work so compelling, there is also pause.  There were several moments when Thye and the huge sound of his 130 singers… were cut off so cleanly that it felt like a vacuum had been created in the hall.  Thye cherished silence for seconds that seemed like days before bringing the voices back with a joyful blast.  The breath-taking precision of these moments spoke to how well the chorus and orchestra were prepared and to Thye’s control over the work.  And Thye’s interpretation was so carefully structured and spacious that it allowed the audience to enjoy details such as the typically overlooked contributions of the ensemble’s double basses… and the inspiring trumpets… in particular.  It was a… Messiah that offered the flash of virtuosity!”  (Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas).

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Peter Tiboris

Peter Tiboris Named “Honorary and Distinguished Citizen” of Syros, Greece, by Mayor Yannis Dekavallas

On July 9, 2012, at the opening of the 2012 Festival of the Aegean, Festival Director Peter Tiboris was publicly honored by Syros’ Mayor Yannis Dekavallas and its Governing Council with the City Award, “Epistimi Tis Politis Tis Syros.” The award was presented to Mr. Tiboris because of the growth and development of the Festival, which he founded in 2005.The award and proclamation were presented prior to the opening night performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Apollo Theater.

Greek American conductor, music director, and producer Peter Tiboris has enjoyed a worldwide career for more than forty years of which the past thirty have been in New York City as founder and artistic director of MidAmerica Productions, which has produced concerts in Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (now called David Geffen Hall), and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; performances series in Vienna, Austria, and Florence, Italy; and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S. Maestro Tiboris is also the founder of the Manhattan Philharmonic, Elysium Recordings, and most recently, MidAm International.

Since 1983 in New York City, he has presented more than 1300 concerts worldwide, 1000 in New York, and more than 550 on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, and conducted many of them. He is also Music Director of the Pan-European Philharmonia, in Warsaw, Poland, and Principal Guest Conductor of Collegium Symphonium Veneto in Padua, Italy. He made his European conducting debut on July 1, 1983, in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, with the Moscow Philharmonia as part of the Dubrovnik Festival; and his New York conducting debut on January 7, 1984, with the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center.

He has conducted in 24 countries, among them Mexico; Russia, in St. Petersburg and Moscow at Column Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, and Shostakovich Hall; Great Britain, in London at the Barbican and Royal Festival Hall; Austria, at Vienna’s Konzerthaus; Poland, in 11 different cities including Warsaw; Czech Republic, in Prague’s Rudolfinium and Smetana Hall with Virtuosi di Praga and the North Czech Philharmonic; Italy, at Teatro di Roma, Teatro Filarmonica di Verona, Regio di Parma, and 20 other locations; Portugal; Turkey; and Egypt, at Cairo’s National Opera House. Among the distinguished orchestras he has conducted are the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Oxford’s Philomusica, Niedersächsische Orchester Hannover, the Prague and Brno philharmonics, National Opera Orchestra of Cairo, American Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Société Philharmonique de Montréal, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Le-Zion, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Orchestra di Siciliana di Palermo. In March 2016, he made his Asian conducting debut with the Macau Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic Chorus in Macau, China. Maestro Tiboris has conducted nearly every major choral work as well as countless symphonic works, selected operas, and ballet.

On his Carnegie Hall series, he has showcased hundreds of guest conductors and thousands of visiting ensembles who have come from throughout the world. As a conductor on his series, he has presented hundreds of works with numerous and significant world and American premieres, including works by Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven/Mahler, Taneyev, Cherubini, and Theodorakis. The concerts have been hailed by The New York TimesNew York Daily NewsNew York Post, and The New Yorker.

He is also responsible for the founding and development of Elysium Recordings which has released 30 recordings of which he can be heard on 10 of those. Most recordings in the Elysium catalog are premiere and first-time commercial releases.

He created the International Festival of the Aegean on the idyllic island of Syros, in the Aegean, Cyclades, Greece in 2005. Each July he presents performances of opera, oratorios, concerti, symphonic works, Greek folk music, jazz, theater, and ballet – all on an international scale. 2018 marks the 14th Festival of the Aegean. The central venue of the festival is the historic Apollo Theater, also known as “la piccola Scala” because it is a 400-seat replica of Milan’s world-renowned Teatro alla Scala. The theater was built by resident Italians in 1864.

In 2013, he founded MidAm International, Inc. as a producer of concerts in Europe. Since then, MidAm International has presented concerts in Paris, Vienna, Florence, and Syros, with concerts slated in 2019 for Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Lisbon, Porto, Florence, Verona, Venice, Prague, Berlin, and Syros.

Peter Tiboris studied music at the University of Wisconsin and received a doctorate from the University of Illinois, but he credits his move to New York City 30 years ago as the most important event in his musical and professional life.

He is married to soprano Eilana Lappalainen, and they reside in Germany, Greece, and the U.S.

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Rui Baeta

Rui Baeta, born in Faro, studied music and singing at the Conservatório Regional do Algarve with Ana Esther, at the Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa with Filomena Amaro, at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with Luis Madureira, at the Academie Francis Poulenc (France) with François LeRoux, at the Mozarteum Akademie (Austria) with Richard Miller and Chamber Music at the Fondation Hindemith (Switzerland).

At the age of 18 he started studying History of Arts at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and was admitted to the Gulbenkian Choir where, as a choir singer and soloist for about 10 years, he contacts with the best conductors and orchestras of our time, performing concerts in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, England, United States, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, India, Macau and Japan.

In 1999 he won the 1st Prize of the RTP Young Musicians Contest in Chamber Music Category – Higher Education – with pianist Paul Pacheco, and was a finalist in the Festival and International Singing Contest Channel Mezzo (2008).

As a soloist singer, he performed several recitals and concerts in Portugal and abroad, with the pianists João Paulo Santos, Jeff Cohen, Paul Pacheco, João Vasco, José Manuel Brandão and Ruben Alves, performing classical songs (lieder and melodies) by composers Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mahler, Fauré, Ravel, Duparc, Poulenc, Falla, Lorca, Tomás Borba, Ruy Coelho, Lopes-Graça, Pinho Vargas and Alexandre Delgado. By invitation of orchestras such as Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Nacional do Porto, Cascais e Oeiras, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra das Beiras, Camerata de Lyon, Ensemble D’Arcos, Sinfónica Portuguesa and Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, he presents a vast and stylistically eclectic repertoire in opera and oratorio, among which stand out:
The Magic Flute, Papageno, W. A. Mozart;
La Bohéme, Marcelo, G. Puccini;
I Pagliacci, Silvio, Leoncavallo;
Madama Butterfly, Mr. Sharpless, G. Puccini;
Les Contes D’Hoffmann, Schlemil, J. Offenbach;
Salome, R. Strauss;
Hänsel und Gretel, Vater, Humperdinck;
Fille du Regiment, Hortensius, G. Donizetti;
A Floresta, Sábio Máximo, Eurico Carrapatoso;
El Retablo de Maese Pedro, Don Quixote, M. Falla;
Venus And Adonis, Adonis, J. Blow;
The Three Sisters That Are Not Sisters, Sylvestre, Ned Rorem;
Der Kaiser Von Atlantis, Der Kaiser, Viktor Ullman;
As Variedades de Proteu, Rei Ponto, António Teixeira (released on CD);
O Corvo, Luís Soldado (released on CD);
Cantata Mundi, Rodrigo Leão, Rui Baeta and Ana Margarida Encarnação;
Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, de G. Mahler;
La Risurrezione di Cristo, de L. Perosi;
Triumphs Lied, de Brahms;
Carmina Burana, de Karl Orff;
Reset, Vasco Mendonça;
Ein Deutsches Requiem, Brahms;
Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini;
Requiem, Fauré;
Requiem, Bontempo;
Johannes PassionWeinachts Oratorium de J.S. Bach;
Missa Grande de Marcos de Portugal  (released on CD).

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Eilana Lappalainen

Finnish-Canadian Eilana Lappalainen returns to Carnegie Hall singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Ms. Lappalainen has performed title roles to critical acclaim in the world’s premier opera venues, including Teatro alla Scala, Opera di Roma, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Montréal, Teatro Verdi Trieste, New Israeli Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Polish National Opera, Bergen Opera in Norway, Staatstheater Essen, Prague State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, the Bellas Artes in Mexico, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, Portland Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Hamilton, Opera Ottawa, Marin Opera, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera San Jose, and in such cities as Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Morioka, Fukuoka, Macau, Peralada, Belluno, Firenze, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Köln, Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, Dessau, Halle, Mannheim, Bremen, Würzburg, Bielefeld, Taluca, Istanbul, Olomouc, Bucharest, Kielce, Katowice, Warsaw, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Bern, and Winterthur.

Her repertoire includes leading roles in Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, Arabella, Der fliegende Holländer, Lohengrin, Tiefland, Fidelio, Peter Grimes, Wozzeck, Der Freischütz, Die Fledermaus, Die lustige Witwe, Jenůfa, Giovanna d’Arco, Un ballo in maschera, I masnadieri, La Traviata, Il trovatore, Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, Medea, Andrea Chénier, Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Suor Angelica, Il tabarro, La fanciulla del West, Turandot, and Tosca. At Carnegie Hall she has sung Verdi’s, Mozart’s, Rutter’s, and Fauré’s Requiems; Mascagni’s Zanetto (an opera gala); Poulenc’s and Vivaldi’s Glorias; the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn; Dvořák’s Te Deum; Haydn’s Mass in Time of War; and a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall. She sang the world premiere of Terre Johnson’s Song of the Captive in Florence. Ms. Lappalainen has sung concerts in California, Florida, Arizona, Belluno, Italy (Calabria), Germany, Finland, Greece, China, Japan, and Mexico. Her recording of Zanetto with Jennifer Larmore was released in 2008, and her solo Mahler CD was released in 2013, both by Elysium  Recordings. Her new CD, “Dramatic Divas,” is in preparation. In past summers she sang the role of Nedda in Pagliacci and the title role of Madama Butterfly in Greece. Upcoming performances in 2019 include her title role debut in Ariadne auf Naxos (Festival of the Aegean, Syros), and concerts Paris, Vienna and Lisbon.

In addition to her international singing career, she is principal artistic director of opera productions and festival manager of the Festival of the Aegean; general and artistic director of the Greek Opera Studio and Berlin Opera Studio; artistic administrator, director of the vocal division at MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International; as well as stage directing for opera studios and also teaching private voice in Berlin.

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Marta Menezes

A regular soloist in Europe and in the United States, Marta Menezes is recognized as a skilled pianist with a broad range of interests and styles. In 2013, she received 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition Nice – Côte D’Azur “Simone Delbert-Février” and won the Beethoven Competition at the Royal College of Music in London. Marta has received several additional awards in international competitions in Portugal, Spain and France.

She has presented recitals as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, in the United States and in Cape Vert. Highlights of recent seasons include her performances at the Chopin Society of Connecticut (USA), at the Centro Cultural de Belém (Portugal), at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church (UK) and at the opening concert of the international festival “Lisbon Music Fest”. In 2017, Marta presented a solo tour in six different cities in China, that ended with two sold out concerts in Beijing.

As a soloist, she performed with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orchestre Régional de Cannes, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Symphony Orchestra from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Camerata MusArt, Camerata Amicis, and Student Orchestra at the Jacobs School of Music, under conductors such as Nicolas Simon, Pedro Neves, Nikolay Lalov, Vasco Azevedo, Gareguin Aratiounian, Carlos Silva, and Louis Lohraseb.

Marta is an active performer of Portuguese music. She has premiered several works of Portuguese composers and developed projects dedicated to the dissemination of Portuguese music abroad.

Marta was awarded the Silver Medal of Honor and Distinction – “Medalha de Prata de Valor e Distinção”- by the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, in acknowledgement of her artistic accomplishments, in 2014.

In 2015 she released her first CD with works by Beethoven and the Portuguese composer Lopes-Graça that was awarded the prize Global Music Awards (USA) – Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement, in the categories “Classical Piano” and “Emerging Artist”.

She holds a Bachelor degree from Lisbon Superior School of Music, under Miguel Henriques, and a Master of Music from the same institution, under the tutelage of Miguel Henriques and Jorge Moyano, having completed the course with the highest grade. She completed a Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction, under Dmitri Alexeev, having previously studied with Andrew Ball.

Marta is in the last year of her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under Arnaldo Cohen. She is currently based in Europe, teaching, performing and working on the final document of her degree entitled “Works for Piano and Orchestra by Portuguese Composers”.

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Didactic Concerts at the Portuguese Music Museum

The Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with Museu da Música Portuguesa – Casa Verdades de Faria (Portuguese Music Museum), presents didactic concerts for school students visiting the museum. In these concerts, the students watch a demonstration of instruments, listen to interesting stories about composers and learn how a musical work is written. In a talk with the musicians, students satisfy their curiosity on aspects related to music, on instruments and much more.
The sessions are lead by Maestro Nikolay Lalov.


Every Tuesday during the school year, at 10 am and 2 pm. Session length: ±60 minutes

[email protected]
+351 214 815 904
Museu da Música Portuguesa – Casa Verdades de Faria
Av. de Sabóia 1146, Monte Estoril
2765 -580 Estoril

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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 July 3, taking place at the Cascais Music Conservatoire!
You must perform two contrasting pieces with the maximum duration of 10 minutes. The Conservatoire does not provide accompanist.

Applications end on June 15. You may apply through the form below or at Cascais Conservatory.

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


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Open Day Conservatoire 2019

On May 25th, the Cascais Conservatoire opens its doors to all music and dance lovers! Would you like to learn an instrument? Or dance is your world? At the OPEN DAY you can play on music instruments and get to know which dance classes you can attend at Cascais Conservatoire.

3 pm Instruments presentation concert for strings, winds, percussion and dance classes. Presented by Conservatoire teachers and OCCO musicians.

4 pm Workshops. Here you can try many instruments and dance classes with the help of the teachers.

Contacts for further information

[email protected]
[Music Department] 21 464 34 60
[Dance Department] 21 468 24 04 (from 4 pm)

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Filipe Quaresma

Filipe Quaresma, “… one of the most interesting Portuguese musicians of today” (P. Santos, January 2015, Público) with a “…. precise and superbly articulated way of playing, full of passion and often quite contemplative … “(D. Ketler, July 2015, The Strad Magazine) reconciles his intense solo career and chamber music with the activity of cello teacher at ESMAE. Principal cello of the Baroque Orchestra of Casa da Música (CdM) and the Darcos Ensemble, principal-guest cello of the Remix Ensemble CdM and the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, and since 2013, guest cello of the Orchester Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Filipe has played in the main Portuguese and European venues, among which are Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Foundation, CCB, Philharmonie de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Zürich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Palau de la Música of Barcelona, ​​working with musicians like Martha Argerich, Miguel Azguime, Fabio Biondi, Laurence Cummings, Harry Christophers, James Dillon, Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Barbara Hannigan, Paul Hillier, Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann, Reinbert de Leeuw, Brad Lubman, Paulo Gaio Lima, Emmanuel Nunes, Nuno Côrte Real, António Rosado, Peter Rundel, Andrea Staier, Maxim Vengerov, among others.

He began his musical studies with the piano at the age of six in Covilhã, his native city, where at age of twelve he began to study cello with Rogério Peixinho at EPABI. Later, in London and Florence, he studied with David Strange, Mats Lidström and Natalia Gutman. Filipe participated in masterclasses with Colin Carr, Zara Nelsova, Frans Helmerson, Anssi Karttunen, Jian Wang, Eliaz Arizcuren, Márcio Carneiro, Luís Sá Pessoa, among others.

He has received several prizes and scholarships of international prestige: Valter Boccacini Prize from Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Young Musicians Prize – RDP Antena 2, Júlio Cardona International Competition – Covilhã, Portuguese Musical Youth, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship, Norah Mary Turner Trust Award, Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, Foundation Award, S & M Eyres Scholarship and Guilhermina Suggia Scholarship. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious title ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music).

For four consecutive years he was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, and from 2002 to 2003 he has also been a guest musician at the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Ensemble and the City of Granada Orchestra , Having had the opportunity to work under the direction of masters such as M. Janssons, S. Osawa, K. Penderecki, Z. Metha, Sir Colin Davis, V. Askenhazy, B. Haitink, among others.

Since his debut at age 16, he has performed solo numerous times with several orchestras. In 2017 will play with the Orchestra of Extremadura Brahms’s double concerto and will make the world premiere of Luís Tinoco’s cello concerto, dedicated to him, with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra.

Filipe has numerous recordings, with the most varied formations. In 2014, with the support of GDA, he released his first solo album “Portuguese Music for Solo Cello”, exclusively filled with works by Portuguese composers, including R. Azevedo’s “Labirintho” and R. Ribeiro’s “Quasi Ostinato” dedicated to him, and with which he obtained the best national and international critics.

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Mariano García

“Mature concertmaster, deep and sensitive. An artist in fullness.”
“Mariano García is endowed with that characteristic personality that distinguishes the best instrumentalists”. – Justo Romero
Versatile musician, Mariano García has the ability to sound different in each work he performs, taking care of the particularities of each score without losing his own personality.
Mariano García has developed his career in a triple facet: as a soloist, as a chamber musician and as an orchestra musician, all of them enriching each other.
He has performed concerts in the main cities of Spain, France and Italy, performing in venues such as the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Palau de la Música in Valencia or the Zaragoza Auditorium. He has worked with directors such as Zubin Mehta, Juanjo Mena, Pinchas Steinberg or Fabio Biondi, and has participated in festivals such as the Autumn Musical Soriano, the International Festival of Cagnes-sur-Mer or the International Music Festival of Deià.
As a soloist he has interpreted the main works written for cello and orchestra, from Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 to Beethoven’s triple, including concerts by Schumann, Saint-Saëns or Dvorak or Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.
Passionate about chamber music, he was a founding member of the Mendelssohn Trio, with which he won the National Music Chamber Award for Musical Youth of Spain, and is currently a member of the Rebek Trio, which regularly performs with a collection of Stradivarius donated by the prestigious Parisian luthier Claude Lebet.
He has recorded for the EMI label the integral music for cello solo, and cello with piano by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Educated with professors such as Lluís Claret and Asier Polo, he studied music at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia, obtaining the highest grades in cello and chamber music. He has received advisory from artists such as Mirolslav Rostropovich, Charles Tunell and Stefan Popov.
Currently he combines his activity in recitals and as a soloist with orchestra with his work as a soloist teacher of the Orchestra of Valencia, and with chamber music projects.

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Jorge Nava

The admiration of the specialized critics and the esteem of the public reaffirm Jorge Nava as one of the greatest promises of the Spanish piano scene.
Born in Santander, he began his musical studies with Irina Efanova at the National Conservatory of Music of Bolivia. Subsequently, he studied with Stanislav Pochekin at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona and with Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music of London.
During his career he has received financial assistance from Obra Social “La Caixa”, the Botín Foundation, the Association of Performers of Spain, the Conservatory of the Liceu and the Royal College of Music.
He has participated in various Masterclass with great pianists such as Boris Berman, Nino Kereselidze, Mikhail Voskresensky, Lang Lang, Natalia Trull, Michel Beroff, Jacques Rouvier and Joaquín Soriano, among others.
Jorge has been awarded numerous prizes internationally, among which standing out: Intercentros Melómano, Concurso Infanta Cristina, Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales, Ibiza International Competition, Manhattan International Competition, International Competition “María Canals”, International Competition “Premio Iturbi”, International Competition “Premio Jaén” and International Competition “Santa Cecilia”, among others.
As a soloist he has collaborated with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, Liceu Conservatory Orchestra, Orchestra and Choir of RTVE, Orquesta Filarmonía de Madrid, Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia, Orchestra of Valencia, Orchestra City of Granada, Orchestra of the Atlantic Coast and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin. He has given recitals in venues such as the Palau de la Música Catalana, National Auditorium of Music, Manuel de Falla Auditorium, Palace of Festivals, Casa da Música and Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, and in countries like Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Holland, Portugal, England, Italy and Malta.
He has participated in prestigious cycles and festivals such as the International Festival of
Santander, Festival de Segovia, Spanish Music Festival of Cádiz, Musical Autumn Soriano, Festival of Úbeda, International Music Festival of Medellín, Félix Festival Mendelssohn and Festival des Lumieres, among others.
As a chamber musician he is a founding member of the Trio Bruckner and the Casablanca Trio.
He has shared the stage with musicians such as Alexander Rudin, Mariano García, Aliya Vodovozova, Trio Bacarisse, Breton Quartet and Cosmos Quartet, among others.
His first album “Russian Portraits”, published by Orpheus Classical, includes works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. His performances have been reproduced by RNE, Catalunya Music, TVE and TV3.

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Auditions Cascais Conservatoire Chamber Choir

The Cascais Conservatoire Chamber Choir has already started its activity and the door is open for new members!
This audition is aimed for experienced amateur choral singers, who will enjoy a quality formation and the best facilities, with partnerships with the OCCO and Conservatoire musicians. Join us and live the choral experience!

Apply now to the Auditions taking place at the Cascais Conservatoire on October 12th, at 2.00pm!
Choral piece to prepare: Afternoon on a Hill (download here)

Rehearsals schedule
Saturdays from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Monthly Fee: 20€

More info through the contacts:
+351 214 643 460
[email protected]

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