Born in Portugal, Diogo Costa is a rising star conductor with a vast repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.
Generously supported by an Ann Gerrard Bursary, he completed his Masters in Conducting with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. He had the opportunity to work as assistant conductor for Juanjo Mena, John Storgårds, Sir Andrew Davis, Nicholas Collon and Ben Gernon at the BBC Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Diogo began his studies as a conductor in 2010 at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra - Metropolitana with Professor Jean-Marc Burfin in Lisbon. In the last few years, he has taken part in conducting masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Martyn Brabbins, Douglas Bostock, Laurence Marks, José Vilaplana and Jean-Sébastien Béreau, during which he conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Manchester Camerata and Argovia Philharmonic.
As a guest conductor he appeared with The Hallé Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the BBC Philharmonic, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with a world premiere by Andrew Lewis. In Portugal, Diogo Costa has recently been invited to conduct the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and the Orquestra Gulbenkian (as assistant conductor to Lorenzo Viotti in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette).
As a trombonist, he played with the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, the Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, the Portuguese Symphonic Wind Band, the Orquestra Académica Metropolitana and the West European Studio Orchestra. He also has a special interest in jazz, performing and recording with the Jazz Orchestra of the Hot Club de Portugal, Reunion Big Jazz Band and Claus Nymark Big Band where he played with renowned jazz musicians such as Benny Golson, Perico Sambeat and John Ellis.
Vera Dias was born in Guimarães. She started at the Escola Profissional Artística do Vale do Ave at the age of twelve, where she began her musical studies learning bassoon with Jesus Coelho. Later, she studied with Paulo Martins, with whom she finished the Wind Instrumentalists Course, winning the Dr Manuela Carvalho Prize. At the age of eighteen she was admitted to the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik - Karlsruhe, studying bassoon with Günter Pfitzenmaier. She graduated in 2008 from Escola Superior de Música.
She has played with the Orquestra Portuguesa das Escolas de Música, the Orquestra Aproarte, the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik - Karlsruhe Chamber Orchestra, the Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and has given concerts throughout Europe and the East.
In 2003 and 2004, she was selected to join the European Union Youth Orchestra summer school, which she attended only in 2004. In 2003 she declined that opportunity to be able to compete for the Young Musicians Prize, in which she received 1st Prize in the Bassoon category. In 2004, she won 2nd Prize in the Landespolizei competition, in Karlsruhe.
She had a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from 2003 to 2006. She has been 1st Assistant Soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra since September 2006.
Danzón n.º 2
In the first Sunday Concerts of the season, a programme designed for family enjoyment and to introduce children to the universe and repertoire of orchestral music. Under the direction of the conductor Diogo Costa, the Gulbenkian Orchestra presents a series of popular symphonic pieces with a wide range of registers: from the Overture of Candide, Leonard Bernstein’s operetta inspired by the literary classic, Voltaire’s Candide ou L’Optimisme, to the Ribatejo music by Frederico de Freitas, best known for his fado compositions.
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