José Eduardo Gomes
José Eduardo Gomes recently won the 1st Prize and the Beethoven Prize in the European Union Conducting Competition. He is Principal Conductor of FEUP Orchestra (Porto – Portugal) and also Professor in the Porto Music University and Principal Conductor of the School Orchestra.
He was Principal Conductor of Orquestra Clássica do Centro (Coimbra – Portugal), Associate Conductor of the Orquestra Clássica do Sul (Faro – Portugal), Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Chambre de Carouge (Switzerland) and principal conductor of the Circulo Portuense de Opera Choir (Porto).
He began his musical studies with the clarinet in his born town Vila Nova de Famalicão. Later he continued his studies in ARTAVE and ESMAE – Porto, where he graduated in Antonio Saiote’s class. He followed his studies in Orchestral Conducting at the Haute École de Musique de Genève (Switzerland), with Laurent Gay, and choral conducting with Celso Antunes.
He was distinguished in several competitions: RTP Antena 2 Young Musicians Award and Competition Marcos Romão (Portugal); International Competition Villa de Montroy, Valencia (Spain), in clarinet and chamber music. He was also a laureate in the Portuguese competition Prémio Jovens Músicos in orchestral conducting, with the 2nd prize and the special Orchestra Prize, and also Semi Finalist in the 1.º Concorso Citta di Brescia Giancarlo Facchinetti (Italy).
José Eduardo is founder of the clarinet ensemble Quarteto Vintage and Serenade Ensemble. In the past few years he has been invited to work with the main Portuguese orchestras, performing in important festivals, such as Dias da Música, Festival de Sintra, Festival PJM, Festival Cantabile, Festival das Artes, Festival de Música de Leiria, FIMA, Música no Colégio, Festival Internacional de Música Religiosa de Guimarães, among others.
In Opera, he conducted some productions, such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, Marcos Portugal’s La Donna di Genio Volubile and Haydn’s Lo Speziale. Another important part of his work is dedicated to youth orchestras, all over the country.
In 2018, he was awarded with the Medalha de Mérito Cultural, by his hometown, V. N. de Famalicão.