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Isaac Karabtchevsky has enjoyed a brilliant career as a conductor since the 1970s. He was chief conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1996, and was at the helm of the Aquarius Project, one of the most ambitious popular arts projects in Latin America, fostering audiences for classical music with large scale open-air concerts. In Europe he was appointed artistic director at the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Vienna (1988–94), La Fenice Theatre, Venice (1995–2001) and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (2004–10).

He has performed on some of the world’s leading stages, such as the Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Musikverein (Vienna), the Royal Festival Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York) and the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires).

In 2011 he took over as artistic director of the Baccarelli Institute. The institute was established in one of the most deprived communities of São Paulo and encompasses seventeen choirs and five symphony orchestras, including the Heliópolis Symphony Orchestra of which Karabtchevsky is principal conductor.

In 2010 he was invited by OSESP to record the complete cycle of the Villa-Lobos Symphonies for the Naxos label. From the start of the project in 2011 to the final recordings in 2017 an extensive process of revising and reconstructing the scores took place. As a result, and for three consecutive years, the recordings were awarded the Brazilian Music Prize.

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