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LocationGrand Auditorium Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
50% – Under 30 years old
15% – Over 65 years old
In 1962, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation decided to establish a permanent orchestral ensemble. Originally with only twelve musicians (strings and continuo) it was named “Orquestra de Câmara Gulbenkian”. This collective was successively enlarged and today the “Orquestra Gulbenkian” (the name it has adopted since 1971) has a permanent body of sixty instrumentalists, a number that can be expanded depending on the repertoire.
This structure allows the Gulbenkian Orchestra to interpret works from the Baroque and Classical periods, a significant part of 19th century orchestral literature and much of the music of the 20th century, including works belonging to the current repertoire of the traditional symphonic orchestras. In each season, the orchestra performs on a regular series of concerts at the Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium in Lisbon, where it has had the opportunity of working together with some of leading names of the world of music (conductors and soloists). It has also performed on numerous locations all over Portugal, in an effort to decentralize music and culture.
The orchestra has been constantly expanding its activities in the international level, performing in Europe, Asia Africa, and the Americas. In the recording field, Orquestra Gulbenkian is associated to labels as Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Teldec, Erato, Adès, Nimbus, Lyrinx, Naïve and Pentatone, among others, and this activity was recognized with several international prizes.
“Dynamic and sharp on the podium” (Bachtrack) and with a “scrupulous ear for instrumental color and blend” (Washington Post), Hannu Lintu maintains his reputation as one of the world’s finest conductors. This season, Lintu takes up the baton as Music Director of Orquestra Gulbenkian whilst continuing his tenure as Chief Conductor of Finnish National Opera and Ballet, proving himself a master of both symphonic and operatic repertoire. The appointments follow a stream of successful concerts with Orquestra Gulbenkian and breathtaking productions with Finnish National Opera and Ballet including Strauss’s Salome, Puccini’s Turandot and Britten’s Billy Budd. This season will see the completion of the house’s Ring Cycle with Wagner’s Götterdämmerung as well as productions of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Highlights of the 2023/24 season include debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker, NHK Symphony Orchestra and SWR Symphonieorchester, and returns to Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and George Enescu International Festival.
Recent years have seen Lintu conduct New York Philharmonic (concluding with an immediate re-invitation from the orchestra to perform at Bravo! Vail Festival), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, alongside the likes of Gil Shaham, Kirill Gerstein, Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan.
Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS Records, Naxos, Avie Records and Hyperion Records. His diverse discography comprises recordings of Magnus Lindberg’s orchestral works, the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with Stephen Hough, and Lutoslawski’s Symphonies Nos. 1-4, all with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His often-gilded work boasts two International Classical Music Awards and several nominations for Gramophone and GRAMMY awards in recognition of recording projects such as Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff, works by Sibelius featuring Anne Sofie von Otter, Rautavaara’s Kaivos, and the Violin Concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lintu studied cello and piano at the Sibelius Academy, where he also later studied conducting with Jorma Panula. He participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Conducting Competition in Bergen in 1994.
Marco Pereira studied cello at the Escola Profissional de Música de Viana do Castelo and at Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon, with Paulo Gaio Lima. He later attended Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, where he was a pupil of Natalia Shakovskaya. During this course he had the opportunity to work with other great cello masters such as Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman, Phillipe Muller and Ivan Monighetti.
The string quartet has always been important from very early on in his career, reaching its peak with the foundation of the Quarteto de Cordas de Matosinhos. This quartet was selected as ECHO Rising Stars 2015.
In 2003, Marco Pereira won the Portuguese Musical Youth competition in both the Chamber Music and Cello (advanced) categories, and received the Maestro Silva Pereira Prize and the Young Musicians Prize. Abroad, he was awarded 1st prize in the Liezen International Wettbewerb für Violoncello competition in Austria. He also received 1st prize at the 6th Chamber Music Competition of Sardinero, Santander, in 2006.
Marco Pereira is 1st soloist in the cello section of the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He regularly performs as a concert soloist, playing with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Joensuu Orchestra (Finland) and the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra (U.S.A.), amongst others. He taught cello at the University of Aveiro and University of Minho. Since 2011, he has been the D'Addario Bowed Artist and Faculty Artist of the Atlantic Music Festival - Watterville (U.S.A.).
Cello Concerto Nº. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107
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Symphony No. 11 in G minor, op. 103, “The year 1905”
Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich’s superlative talent has inspired many composers to write work to exploit the amazing technique and expressivity of one of the 20th-century’s most remarkable musicians. Shostakovitch’s Cello Concerto No. 1 is one such example, supreme amongst concert pieces for cello since its premiere in 1959. In these concerts, Marco Pereira, the Gulbenkian Orchestra’s soloist, will take this challenging place under the rigorous Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu. The programme will be completed by Shostakovitch’s acclaimed Symphony No. 11.
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