Eduardo Portal, conductor

Biography

Conductor and European Young Leader Eduardo Portal has been reviewed as a “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”. His activities as European Young Leader have taken him to participate in seminars and talks with leaders from all across Europe, North America and the MENA region, and develop projects with a broad spectrum of industries.

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.

Eduardo has just been awarded a Leonardo prize from BBVA Foundation in order to make a CD recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra of the orchestral music by composer Gustavo Diaz Jerez.

His recent concerts with the WDR Radio orchestra in Cologne have been video broadcasted live online, and his debut with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra broadcasted live on the radio. Other recent debuts include Munich Symphony, Valencia Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic and Mainz State 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, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Swedish and Scottish Chamber orchestras, etc.

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.