Highlights of the 2015/ 2016 season include several concerts with Orquestra Clássica do Sul; a return visit to Orquestra Gulbenkian (the world premiere of Victor Gama's opera, 3milRIOS, at the Grande Auditorio, Lisbon) as well as new invitations from orchestras including the Oltenia Philharmonic Orchestra, Craiova, Romania (Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10) and Ensemble KNM Berlin performing Victor Gama's multimedia piece, VELA 6911
at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
Other highlights include several performances with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, most notably the closing concert of the Dias da Música Festival, Lisbon; OSP's twentieth anniversary celebration concerts; and in November 2016, 'The 300th Anniversary of the Patriarchade of Lisbon' commemorative concert at Lisbon's Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. In addition, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa's Verdi and Wagner gala performance at Festival ao Largo alongside the full chorus and soloists of Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos; and Rachmaninoff and Brahms piano concertos with Artur Pizarro, which were broadcast live on Portuguese national radio, Antenna 2.
Recent highlights with Orquestra Gulbenkian include performances of Holst's The Planets, Stravinsky's The Firebird, Victor Gama's VELA 6911, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (at Festival de Música, Leiria), and Prémio Jovens Músicos (Portugal's Young Musician of the Year) including Freitas Branco's 1st Symphony, which was broadcast live on Portuguese national television, RTP2 (2013). More recently, in 2015, Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
with guitarist, Miloš Karadaglić, Souvenance
alongside Anouar Brahem Quartet, Adriana Partimpim and Adriana Calcanhoto; and in November 2015, Retiro
with Rodrigo Leão at Coliseu do Porto and Coliseu dos Recreios Lisbon (at the Porto and Lisbon Coliseums).
Following Pinheiro's acclaimed operatic debut in 2014 at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon (with Donizetti's La fille du Régiment), in January 2015, Rui Pinheiro directed Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela's production of Los Diamantes de la Corona
by Barbieri, also at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon.
Other recent performances include return engagements with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies at Festival ao Largo 2013); Orquestra Clássica da Madeira's Christmas and New Year celebration concerts 2013/14, as well as Orquestra Clássica da Madeira's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, which was broadcast on Portuguese national television, RTP2. Rui Pinheiro conducted Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras at the 32nd Festival de Musica em Leiria in June 2014 and three performances with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in May 2015.
2015/2016 highlights with Orquestra Clássica do Sul include the complete Piano Concertos by Beethoven; several performances of Donizetti's Rita
with the All'Opera Company; performances with Vitorino, Janita Salomé and the Cantadores do Redondo group; Matrioska
with the Companhia de Dança do Algarve; as well as concerts with leading Portuguese tenor, Carlos Guilherme.
Notable performances in the United Kingdom include concerts with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera (at the Fishguard International Festival 2012); at the Philharmonia's Vienna: City of Dreams
Festival at London's South Bank Centre; presentations for BBC Proms Plus (2009-2010) which were broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Chichester Festival.
Rui Pinheiro was appointed Principal Conductor of Lisbon's National Conservatory Orchestra (Orquestra do Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa) from 2005 until 2008 and was formerly Music Director of the London-based baroque opera company Ensemble Serse, and founder of Ensemble Disquiet, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Portuguese music (2008-2010).
A staunch champion of contemporary music, Rui Pinheiro has worked closely with composers including Kenneth Hesketh, Alison Kay, Augusta Read Thomas, Stephen MacNeff, Luís Soldado, Luís Tinoco, Nuno Côrte-Real, Isabel Soveral and Clotidlde Rosa, having conducted their works in several world premieres. Currently, Rui also regularly conducts the GMCL (Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa / Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon).
Following his piano studies at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Master of Musical Arts) and post-graduate studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest (in piano and chamber music), Rui Pinheiro was awarded the MMus Diploma (Masters in Conducting) by the Royal College of Music in London. As an assistant conductor, he has worked with Sir Roger Norrington, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski and John Wilson.