Cesário Costa (b. 1970) is one of the most active conductors of his generation in Portugal. In 1997, he won the first prize of 3rd International Competition for Young Conductors organized by Fundação do Oriente and, since then, he has been invited to conduct numerous national and abroad formations. His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, including the world première of more than one hundred and thirty pieces. In addition to the conductor activity, he has also been teaching and programming in several institutions. He was the President of the Board of Metropolitana/Associação Música, Educação e Cultura, institution that manages the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (which he was also Artistic Director), the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, the Escola Profissional Metropolitana and the Conservatório da Metropolitana. He was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquestra do Algarve and Orquestra Clássica do Sul and currently he is Principal Conductor of Orchestrutopica.
In recent years, Cesario Costa conducted, among many others, the Royal Philharmony Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Macedonia Philharmony Orchestra, Rome Philharmony Orchestra, Sudecka Philharmony (Poland), Rzeszów Philharmony (Poland), Orquesta de Extremadura and Orquesta Sinfonica de Murcia (Spain), Liepâjas Simfoniskais Oríestris (Latvia), Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker and State Symphony Orchestra «Novaya Rossiya». In the field of contemporary music, he performed with different groups, as the Remix Orquestra, Ensemble für Neue Musik (Würzburg), OrchestrUtopica (Portugal), Arhus Sinfonietta (Dinamarca) and Plural Ensemble (Madrid). He appeared in several international Music Festivals - Atlantic Waves (London), Aberdeen (Scotland), Arthus (Denmark), Neerpelt (Belgium), Dresden (Germany), Murcia (Spain), Estoril, Sintra, Póvoa do Varzim, Espinho, Coimbra, Leiria and Mafra (Portugal).
He has performed in many countries such as Spain, France, Andorra, Germany, Belgium, England, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Macedonia, Poland, Latvia, Romania, Albania, Malaysia, Brazil, México, Cape Verde, China, Turkey, Serbia, Russia, Argentina and Canada, always with the concern of promoting the work of national composers in the programs he presents. In Portugal, he has collaborated with Teatro Nacional de S. Carlos, Casa da Música, Teatro da Trindade, Teatro S. João, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Centro Cultural de Belém, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Fundação de Serralves, among many other institutions. He worked in recent years with most part of contemporary Portuguese composers, in opera premieres and orchestral music, both in Portugal and abroad.
Cesário Costa has worked with artists such as António Menezes, Jan Lisiecki, António Rosado, Brandford Marsalis, Boris Berezovky, David Russel, Elisabete Matos, Gerardo Ribeiro, Mário Laginha, Ute Lemper among others, and with stage directors such as Luís Miguel Cintra, Terry Jones, Beatriz Batarda, João Pedro Vaz, Maria Emília Correia and the choreographer Olga Roriz.
He studied in Paris, where he finished his Piano Graduation, and in Germany, where he completed his Degree with the highest grade and Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Würzburg Music Academy, under the direction of Prof. Hans-Rainer Foerster. In 1997, he received a scholarship from Bayreuth Music Festival.
Beside the concert activity, he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Orquestra Clássica de Espinho and also Artistic Director of the Promenade Concerts by Coliseu do Porto. He was also a professor in several schools and at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.