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Acclaimed Portuguese conductor Rui Pinheiro regularly conducts all the major orchestras in Portugal, and in January 2015, Rui Pinheiro took up his new appointment as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orquestra Classica do Sul in Algarve, Portugal.  In 2015, Pinheiro returns to conduct Orquestra Gulbenkian in March, April, and May; Barbieri's Los Diamantes de la Corona at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, in February; and three performances with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in May.

Last 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 Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras at the 32nd Festival de Musica em Leiria in June 2014, Orquestra Gulbenkian at the Grand Auditorium of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in May; Orquestra Classica da Madeira's End of Year Celebration Concerts and their New Year Concert 2014 performing Strauss Waltzes and Polkas; and in February, the orchestra's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, broadcast on Portuguese national television on Easter Sunday. 

Pinheiro also had successful return engagements with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the UK (February and March), Orquestra Classica do Sul (March and April), Orquestra Classica da Madeira (May), a Verdi and Wagner programme including two world premiere performances of commissions by Portuguese composers with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa at the Dias da Musica Festival at Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon (which was broadcast on Portugal's national radio: Antena 2); and a performance with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa at the Almada Theatre, Lisbon, including Strauss: Death and Transfiguration and Schumann's third symphony. 

The 2012/13 season's highlights included Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa's New Year Concerts, performances of Holst's The Planets with Orquestra Gulbenkian, Victor Gama's Vela 6911 with the Gulbenkian Orchestra Soloists at the Grande Auditorio Gulbenkian (which was broadcast on national radio); 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 Orquestra Gulbenkian 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 Orquestra Gulbenkian (Portugal's Young Musician of the Year) which was broadcast live on national television. 

Recent UK highlights include concerts with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera (at the Fishguard International Music Festival), 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).

In 2012, Rui Pinheiro 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.

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, Luís Tinoco, Alexandre Delgado, Nuno Côrte-Real 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.


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Rui Pinheiro conducts Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa closing the Dias da Musica Festival, Lisbon.

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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