Fernando Fontes

Fernando Emanuel Cunha Fontes


He began his musical studies with Delfina Figueiredo. He also studied with Olga Prats (piano and chamber music) and Constança Capdeville (aesthetics, harmony and counterpoint). He received a scholarship from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for additional studies in the Netherlands, having as main subjects the piano (Alexander Hrisanide), chamber music and orchestra conducting (Joop van Zon). In 1981 he won the 1st Prize of the Fernando Lopes-Graça Competition for Piano and in 1999 the 1st Prize of Orchestra Conducting / Talentinum Musicum of the city of Zlín, Czech Republic.
Between 1990 and 2008 he was a Correpetitor and Assistant Conductor of the National Theater of S. Carlos. He conducted the orchestras of Algarve, Madeira Classical and Portuguese Symphony, as well as the Filharmonie Boruslav Martinú and the Collegium Antonín DvoráK in the Czech Republic
At Teatro da Trindade, he conducted the operas “The Man Who Mistake His Wife for a Hat” by Michael Nyman and the “Marriage of Figaro” by W.A. Mozart. He also conducted the opera “Cosi fan Tutte” by the same composer and “Die Fledermaus” by J. Strauss at the Opava City Theater in the Czech Republic. At the Teatro Aberto, in Lisbon, he conducted “Sweeny Todd” by Stephen Sondheim (in partnership with maestro João Paulo Santos), and in the Municipal Theater of Almada, “Stabat Mater” by G. Pergolesi, the opera “The Mad and the Death “by Alexandre Delgado, and” The Mother “by Bertold Bretch – with music by Hanns Eisler, whose work has been recognized by critics as fundamental to the success of the production (which was nominated for the Golden Globes). He holds a master’s degree in Music Arts and a PhD in Music Sciences from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has taught at the Lisbon Superior School of Music since 1990 as a chamber music teacher.