Martim Sousa Tavares, Chief Conductor

Martim Sousa Tavares


Martim Sousa Tavares was born in Lisbon in 1991.

Graduated in Music Science and Orchestral Conducting between Lisbon, Milan, and Chicago, he completed his academic path with honours and Fulbright and Eckstein Foundation scholarships.

He founded in 2014 in Brescia the Orchestra di Maggio, followed in 2019 by the Orquestra Sem Fronteiras, based in Idanha-a-Nova and which has performed in over 100 venues between Portugal, Spain, and Brazil, having won in 2022 the Charlemagne Youth Prize of the European Parliament and the Mirpuri Foundation music award.

He is the chief conductor of Orquestra Clássica do Sul since January 2023 and his recent activity includes concerts with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and Orquestra do Norte.

He is very active in the field of cultural communication, having signed more than 150 programmes in RTP2, RTP Palco and Antena 2. In the Observador newspaper he maintains a newsletter and a weekly podcast: the most listened to in Portugal in the field of music.

He collaborates regularly with the theatre and, as an author, the following works stand out: the music for Vita & Virginia, presented at Teatro São Luiz in 2021, the children's opera O Anel do Unicórnio, premiered in 2021 and presented in seven cities, and Uma Outra Bela Adormecida, based on the short story by Agustina Bessa-Luís, in a co-production of Teatro Nacional de São João, Lu.Ca - Teatro Luís de Camões, Cineteatro Louletano and Centro Cultural Raiano which will premier in January 2023.

In the field of artistic direction, he conceived A Boca do Lobo, a classical music cycle at Lux-Frágil, took over the coordination of the cultural programme of Aveiro's application to become the European capital of culture in 2027 and will be the director of the Sintra Festival from 2023.


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