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Nuno Oliveira (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Conductor)

Born: March 28, 1972 (?) - Lisbon, Portugal

The Portuguese pianist, harpsichordist, organist and conductor, Nuno Oliveira, began his piano studies at age 6, with private lessons in the Church of Nossa Senhora de Fátima in Lisbon. At 9, he began studying at the National Conservatory in Lisbon (Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional), where he concluded his Final Piano Degree with the final classification of 19 (1982-1990). He studied with Leonor Pulido and Melina Rebelo. He also studied at Escola Secundária D. Pedro V in Lisbon (1984-1988) and Escola Secundária do Lumiar nº1 in Lisbon (1988-1990). He is graduated in Medicine (1990-1996) and Dental Medicine (1996-1999) at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra, and specialist in Clinical Pathology.

Nuno Oliveira played a lot of recitals in some places of the country. In 1998, he played two times for the television: in one of them he played piano solo; in the other he was guest soloist representing his own country in a concert of young musicians which took place in Finland, in which he was accompanied by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, directed by the conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In 1988 he got a second prize at the National Competition of Maria Campina for piano, in Algarve.

Nuno Oliveira was the main organist of the Monastery of S. Vicente de Fora in Lisbon for 8 years (1987-1995). He directed the former Coro de Câmara de Coimbra in concerts where he played and directed some works from unknown composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. He played with elements of the Segréis de Lisboa, Orquestra da Capela Real, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa. He directed J.S. Bach, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Vivaldi. He played and organized the first Messiah by George Frideric Handel ever played in Portugal with ancient instruments and Portuguese musicians. He played as a harpsichordist and organist with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, under the direction of Cesário Costa, João Paulo Santos, Michael Zilm and Nicholas Kraemer. He played and recorded with OrquestrUtópica the opera A Raínha Louca by Alexandre Delgado. He has been invited for some concerts organized by ESMAE. With the ensembles Flores de Mvsica and Capella Joanina he played and recorded Missa em Fá by Francisco António de Almeida.

Nuno Oliveira has been in early music seminars, interpretation courses, and so on, concerning these areas: harpsichord, organ, piano, basso continuo, Gregorian chant. He has been working with Jacques Ogg, Lucy van Dael, Menno van Delft, Bob van Asperen, Pablo Escande, Max van Egmond, António Duarte and Idalete Giga, among others. Between 1999 and 2001 he studied harpsichord in the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Class of 2001) with Jacques Ogg and basso continuo with Jan Kleinbussink, after an invitation of the first one. From 2001 to 2003 he studied in the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Amsterdam, where he has finished his post-graduation in 2003, in the harpsichord class of Bob van Asperen and in the basso continuo class of Menno van Delft. He currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

Source: Classical Planet Website; Programme notes to organ concert at Lisbon Cathedral (October.4, 2006); Nuno Oliveira profile on Facebook
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2016)

Nuno Oliveira: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

Links to other Sites

Bach, Johann Sebastian - Motet 'Komm, Jesu, Komm!' (Classical Planet)
Organ Concert - Lisbon Cathedral 4.October.2006 9.30 pm [PDF]

Nuno Oliveira on Facebook

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