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Rui Pinheiro - Conductor

Bournemouth Symphony

Orchestra concerts reviews

Acclaimed young Portuguese conductor Rui Pinheiro recently completed his tenure as Conductor in Association of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, during which he conducted the BSO in many key concerts, including their Hall of Fame and Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

In his homeland, Rui regularly conducts all the major Portuguese orchestras.  The 2012/13 season's highlights included Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa's New Year Concerts, performances of Holst's The Planets with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Victor Gama's Vela 6911 with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Soloists at the Grande Auditorio Gulbenkian (which was broadcast on Portugal's national radio: Antena 2); and in April, Pinheiro closed the Dias da Música Festival conducting Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa to great acclaim (including Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2 with Artur Pizarro).  In June, Pinheiro conducted a rousing Beethoven's Fifth with the Gulbenkian Orchestra at Festival Musica em Leiria, in July, three highly successful outdoor performances of a Verdi and Wagner programme with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa alongside full chorus at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, and in Alcobaça; and in September, Premio Jovens Músicos with the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Portugal's Young Musician of the Year) which was broadcast live on national television. 

This season marked Rui Pinheiro's operatic debut in Lisbon in November 2013, with several critically acclaimed performances of Donizetti's La fille du Régiment at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos.  More recently, Rui conducted the Madeira Orchestra's End of Year Celebration Concerts and their New Year Concert 2014 performing Strauss Waltzes and Polkas; and had successful return engagements with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in February and March 2014.

Recent UK highlights include concerts with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (at the Fishguard International Music Festival in July 2012), at the Philharmonia's City of Dreams: Vienna Festival at London's South Bank Centre, for BBC Proms Plus (broadcast on BBC Radio 3) and at the Chichester Festivities (with the Bournemouth Symphony). 

Rui Pinheiro was appointed Principal Conductor of Lisbon's National Conservatory Orchestra from 2005 until 2008 and was formerly Music Director of the London-based baroque opera company Ensemble Serse, and also of Ensemble Disquiet, dedicated to the promotion of new works.

A staunch champion of new music, Rui works closely with many contemporary composers including Kenneth Hesketh, Alison Kay, Augusta Read Thomas, Stephen MacNeff and Luis Soldado, and has given numerous premiere performances of their works.

Following his studies at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Rui Pinheiro was awarded the MMus Diploma in Conducting by the Royal College of Music in London.  As an assistant conductor, he has worked with Sir Roger Norrington, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski and John Wilson.


Worldwide Artists Ltd. (

'Pinheiro's immaculate

orchestral balancing

delighted our ears...finely

gauged attention to the

music's character'

'Under the direction of Rui

Pinheiro it was clear that

the Pavilion soundstage

had been transformed'

'With Rui Pinheiro on the

podium we were assured

well-focused readings…'




Alasdair Strange


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Rui Pinheiro conducts the Gulbenkian Orchestra closing the Dias da Musica Festival, April 2013.

Rui Pinheiro conducts

Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon - two performances in July 2013, a programme of Verdi and Wagner.

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