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The Music of My Country – Portuguese Conductor Álvaro Cassuto Talks with Jeremy Siepmann

December 3, 2010

Álvaro Cassuto

Álvaro Cassuto, widely acclaimed as Portugal’s foremost conductor, has long since proved himself a citizen of the world. Born to German parents in Oporto in 1938, he feels equally comfortable in the Latin and Germanic traditions. Educated in Portugal, Austria and Germany, and resident for 18 years in the United States, he is both a conductor and a composer, as well as holding a degree in Law from the University of Lisbon. Associated in his early 20s with some of the most influential composers of the 20th century, his conducting teachers included the legendary Herbert von Karajan. After serving as Leopold Stokowski’s assistant with the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, winning the coveted Koussevitsky Prize and making his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted numerous orchestras, including the National Orchestra of New York, of which he was Music Director, as well as serving as professor of music at the University of California. In 1986, Cassuto was invited to return to Portugal, where he founded the New Portuguese Philharmonica and in 1993 the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. Outside Portugal he has appeared with the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and dozens of others around the world. Read more


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