Author: André Lousada
Orchestral and operatic conductor André Lousada is Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Concert Orchestra in Baltimore, Maryland and, beginning in February of 2013, will also serve as a cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through the 2013-2014 season. From 2010-2012, at the State University of New York at Fredonia, he was Assistant Conductor of the Hillman Opera Company, the Fredonia Chamber Orchestra, and the College Symphony Orchestra. He also taught undergraduate conducting courses and was Music Director of the Sinfonia Orchestra. He directed a fully staged production of the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, conducted readings of new choral and symphonic works written by SUNY-Fredonia composers, and helped prepare a gala performance of Dvorak's Cello Concerto featuring Yo-Yo-Ma. Amid these many duties, from 2010-2012, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra in Orchard Park, New York. Along with presenting concerts featuring works by traditional composers, Mr. Lousada is a champion of new music that appeals to diverse audiences. He has conducted world premieres of compositions by Michael Lanci and recorded Nathan Felix's Hollywood-inspired Symphonic Adventures. He founded the Csodálatos Chamber Orchestra in Fredonia, New York, which performed innovative programs during the 2011-2012 season. Mr. Lousada began his conducting studies in his native Portugal with Marc Tardue, former Music Director of the Porto National Orchestra. He later moved to Prague to study orchestral conducting with Hynek Farkač at the Prague Conservatory and opera conducting privately with Frantisek Vajnar. He has participated in master classes and workshops with renowned conductors such as Arnold Katz, Ernest Schelle, Alexander Polishchuk, and Gerald Kegelmann. He earned a Certificate in Orchestral Conducting from the Prague Conservatory, the Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of New York at Fredonia, Bachelors and Licentiate Degrees in Musical Direction from the Conservatório Superior de Gaia in Gaia, Portugal, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory of Music under the direction of Markand Thakar and the distinguished Swiss conductor Gustav Meier.

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