biography

Born in Portugal, Diogo Costa is a rising star conductor with a vast knowledge of repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.

Generously supported by an Ann Gerrard Bursary, he completed his Masters in Conducting with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. He had the opportunity to work as assistant conductor for Juanjo Mena, John Storgårds, Sir Andrew Davis, Nicholas Collon and Ben Gernon at the BBC Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Diogo began his studies as a conductor in 2010 at the National Orchestra Academy of the Metropolitana with Professor Jean-Marc Burfin in Lisbon. In the last few years, he has taken part in conducting Masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Martyn Brabbins, Douglas Bostock, Johannes Schlaefli, Laurence Marks, José Vilaplana and Jean-Sébastien Béreau. During these Masterclasses Diogo conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Kontanz and the Argovia Philharmonic. As a guest conductor he recently

made his debut conducting The Hallé Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducting a world premiere by Professor Andrew Lewis. Furthermore he has worked with the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, and many orchestras in the UK and Portugal. He has also worked with the West European Studio Orchestra on a project recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. In December of 2013, he was invited to be assistant conductor to Boris Gruzin in Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” ballet with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra and the National Ballet Company. Recently, he worked as assistant conductor to Lorenzo Viotti in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliet” with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chorus.

Recent and upcoming projects include the participation in the Siemens Hallé International Conducting Competition 2020 where he is one of the 10 selected competitors, and concerts with the The Hallé and Gulbenkian Orchestras.

Born in Portugal, Diogo Costa is a rising star conductor with a vast knowledge of repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music.

Generously supported by an Ann Gerrard Bursary, he completed his Masters in Conducting with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. He had the opportunity to work as assistant conductor for Juanjo Mena, John Storgårds, Sir Andrew Davis, Nicholas Collon and Ben Gernon at the BBC Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Diogo began his studies as a conductor in 2010 at the National Orchestra Academy of the Metropolitana with Professor Jean-Marc Burfin in Lisbon. In the last few years, he has taken part in conducting Masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Martyn Brabbins, Douglas Bostock, Johannes Schlaefli, Laurence Marks, José Vilaplana and Jean-Sébastien Béreau. During these Masterclasses Diogo conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Kontanz and the Argovia Philharmonic. As a guest conductor he recently made his debut conducting The Hallé Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the BBC Philharmonic and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducting a world premiere by Professor Andrew Lewis. Furthermore he has worked with the Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Clássica do Sul, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, and many orchestras in the UK and Portugal. He has also worked with the West European Studio Orchestra on a project recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. In December of 2013, he was invited to be assistant conductor to Boris Gruzin in Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” ballet with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra and the National Ballet Company. Recently, he worked as assistant conductor to Lorenzo Viotti in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliet” with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chorus.

Recent and upcoming projects include the participation in the Siemens Hallé International Conducting Competition 2020 where he is one of the 10 selected competitors, and concerts with the The Hallé and Gulbenkian Orchestras.

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