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Last night’s conductor

Fri Feb 21 2014

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We were delighted to be joined by conductor Eduardo Portal for our performances of Ibert’s Divertissement this week. Eduardo is a former participant in our Melgaard Young Conductor scheme so we were delighted to welcome him ‘home’. In case you didn’t receive a slip in your programme at last night’s concert we have posted Eduardo’s biography below.

Over the past few years young conductor Eduardo Portal has made a great impression amongst orchestras and audiences alike. His recent debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was followed by a triple re-invitation for the 14/15 season, which includes a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, another at the Cadogan Hall and two UK tours. He is also returning to the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Vallés Symphony Orchestra in their main season at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona and Navarra Symphony Orchestra in a production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana which was previously conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Recent seasons have seen Eduardo make important appearances with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Lausanne and Vienna Chamber orchestras, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Madrid Symphony Orchestra and the Galicia Symphony Orchestra.

Since graduating from the University of the Arts in Berlin, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music, Eduardo has held the position of Assistant Conductor at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain.

His operatic experiences feature performances of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, Janáčék’s Katya Kabanová, Bernstein’s Candide, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Handel’s Imeneo. In summer 2011 he worked on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Eduardo is particularly committed to contemporary repertoire and is founder of the Antares Ensemble in Spain, whose focus is on the performance of new music and research into its links with historical and rarely performed masterpieces.

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