“As a passionate person I am committed to give everything I have got to bring great music to life in the most magical way!” – André Lousada
Orchestral and operatic conductor Mr. Lousada is a strong advocate of Iberian Classical Music and an avid supporter of new concert hall experiences as a way to gain new audiences and proliferate the love for classical music.
Serving as Director of Orchestras at Ourém e Fátima Conservatoire since 2014, André Lousada has been feeding his passion in orchestra-building and in finding a place where the orchestra can have a more active role in the community.
From 2012-2014, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. During this time he was cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony, cover conductor for a concert with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra featuring Kindertotenlieder featuring the mezzo-soprano Denyse Graves, assistant conductor for the 2013 production of Tosca at the Lyric Opera House of Baltimore with the conductor Steven White, and during the season 2013-2014, assistant and cover conductor for the pianist and maestro Leon Fleisher.
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.
Among these many duties, from 2010-2012, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra in Orchard Park, New York.
His artistic goals are strongly rooted in engaging communities through youth outreach and presenting the great works in new fresh ways. 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 and a video clip of one of these movements was accepted to the 2014 BBC Music Video Festival. 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.