Eduardo Portal, conductor

Biography

Conductor and European Young Leader Eduardo Portal keeps impressing both audiences and orchestras. His press reviews have said “Magnificent conductor“, or Portal “took the Cadogan Hall audience through a musical roller coaster from the opening decisive string chords to melodic exchanges between the winds”, “for a long time we had not heard such long applause”.

Recent seasons have taken him all around the world, from Sweden to Spain, stopping in Germany, Scotland, England, etc. and all the way to America.

His recent concert with the WDR Radio orchestra in Cologne has been video broadcasted live online, and his return to the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt has been recorded for the Berlin Brandenburg Radio. His presentation with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales included a broadcast on BBC Radio 3. For the fourth consecutive season he has returned to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct multiple concerts around England.

Last season has seen him make his debuts with several german orchestras, like Philharmonisches Orchester Mainz, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg and Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, as well as returns to Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Musikene Symphony Orchestra and others. This season he will be presented with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Valencia Orchestra and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

In the past Eduardo has made important appearances at the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Hall in London and Philharmonie Berlin, with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Swedish and Scottish Chamber orchestras, etc.

Eduardo enjoys the honour of being the only musician selected to become a European Young Leader 2017. Since graduating as conductor and violinist from the University of the Arts in Berlin, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music, Eduardo has held the position of Assistant Conductor at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain.

His operatic experiences feature performances of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, Janáčék’s Katya Kabanová, Bernstein's Candide, Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Handel's Imeneo, as well as work on Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Eduardo is particularly committed to contemporary repertoire and is founder of the Antares Ensemble in Spain, whose focus is on the performance of new music and research into its links with historical and rarely performed masterpieces.