Nuno Coelho won First Prize at the 2017 Cadaqués International Conducting Competition. In summer 2018 he was appointed Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Gulbenkian and a Los Angeles Philharmonic Dudamel Fellow.
In addition to projects in Lisbon and Los Angeles, the next two seasons will see Nuno conduct the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic from 2015-17, Nuno returned to the orchestra in July 2018 for a concert at the Concertgebouw as part of Robeco SummerNights. Other recent engagements include dates with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and Basel Sinfonieorchester.
In June 2018 Nuno conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as a participant in the RCO Daniele Gatti Masterclass. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Bernard Haitink, and assisted Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnányi, Thomas Adès, Stéphane Denève and Stefan Asbury as a Tanglewood Conducting Fellow. In 2016 he assisted Marc Albrecht on Pierre Audi’s production of Parsifal at Dutch National Opera; opera projects elsewhere include Seven Deadly Sins, La traviata, Cavalleria rusticana and Rusalka.
Born in Porto in 1989, Nuno studied violin in Klagenfurt and Brussels, and conducting with Johannes Schaefli at the Zurich University of the Arts. He won First Prize at the Portuguese Radio Conducting Competition, the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, and was a finalist at the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Competition. In 2014 he received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and in 2015 he was admitted into the German Music Council’s Dirigentenforum.