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Celso Antunes

Celso Antunes

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Energy, attention to detail, stylistically informed interpretation and charisma, are the attributes that best convey the essence of Celso Antunes as a conductor. He is a man of great integrity, charm and personal discipline.



Antunes showed he knows that rarest of arts: how to make the contributions in a perspective that always makes musical sense… He secured performances that were high on illumination, getting inside the music, as it were…

Michael Dervan, Irish Times


Energy, attention to detail, stylistically informed interpretation and charisma, are top among the wide range of attributes that best convey the essence of Celso Antunes as a unique conductor.


Ensaio Aberto - Celso Antunes rege 'Sacre du Sacre' Marlos Nobre from Osesp Oficial on Vimeo.



The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Brazil, has appointed Celso Antunes as Associate Conductor, for five years from 2012. Each season, he will conduct at least two different programmes with the orchestra (6 to 8 concerts) and one programme with the Choir. He is Chief Conductor of  Camerata Fukuda, Brazil and Professor of Choral Conducting at the distinguished Haute École de Musique de Genève. He is equally in demand as an orchestral and a choral conductor.



Franck, Honneger, Poulenc, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin, 3 May 2013


Antunes is an individualist, engineering frequent adjustments of mood .... the playing he secured was first rate, and he brought real rough-hewn bite to Honneger's Rugby, a work the composer called "the savage, brusque, untidy and desperate rythym " of the game.Poulenc's Gloria, with Tynan radiant and the Philharmonic Choir in fine voice, was a blaze of glory.

Michael Dervan - Irish Times 8 May 2013


Unsuk Chin, nieuw ensemble – Wittner Tage für Neue Kammermusik


Unsuk Chin’s cosmigimmicks demonstrates her unerring sense of musical expression in a confined musical space. The Nieuw Ensemble, under the direction of Antunes, delivered with relish, a finely detailed performance of her pantomime for seven players.

Egbert Hiller, Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, April 2013


Borodin Symphony No. 2, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, 7 March 2013

Brazilian newspaper Estadao features a full page interview with conductor Celso Antunes and reviews a recent performance of Borodin's second symphony.


Extract from the review:

On the podium, Celso Antunes demonstrated security and full mastery of his craft. In spite of his origins linking him to choral conducting, it is time that Antunes devotes himself exclusively to conducting symphonic works - and the best example of this is the way in which he built an engaging reading of the second symphony of Borodin.

João Marcos Coelho, Estadao

Extract from the interview:

“You have no idea how many times I've heard agents say: Celso, you need to decide – do you want to be a symphonic conductor or a choir conductor? But up until now I have managed to escape, I'm slippery, like soap. And one thing helps the other. Monteverdi is a lesson in how to play Borodin, and vice versa. Whatever I have learned from conducting choirs I have been able to apply to conducting orchestras. There are two worlds which people divide, but they are really the same thing.”

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