Bio-English

Fabio Costa, (1971), has studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien and has a podium experience encompassing over 300 performances (between symphony and opera) with over 500 performed works and an audience of over 150.000 people. He discovered his interest toward composition as a 9-year old and has since composed an extensive repertoire, since 2009 also with a sapecial interest toward extended harmony in higher limits, particularly through equal divisions of the "octave" 2:1 (such as that in 31 steps) which allow for enharmony.

This lead to a collaboration with the Huygens-Fokker Foundation Amsterdam as his "Aphoristic Madrigal" for Fokker-Organ ans SATB soli received its 1st performance under his direction in the Muziekgebow an 't Ij on November 2015; in April 2017 his "and while there he sighs" for Fokker Organ and Alto solo received there its premiere. For his work “In Four Dimensions”, Costa received the 2011 Composition Prize of the Brazilian Foundation of the Arts (Funarte); 2008 has been awarded the Composition Prize of the Brazilian Academy of Music for the work “Psalms for the Earth”, a large-scale Choral Cantata of humanistic content, which already explored 19-limit harmony

Costa lives and works in Berlin since 2014; he has a teaching position (as pianist/ coach) at the Hochschule für Musik Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig since March 2016 - where he will also conduct Dominic´s Argento opera "A Postcard from Marocco" coming December - and from October 2016 also at the UdK (Universität der Künste) in Berlin including collaborations in the "Berliner Staatsoper". He also teaches piano at the Musikschule Berlin Lichtenberg.

With the Brazilian "major" Orchestra "Filarmônica de Minas Gerais", Costa has reached an audience of over 80.000 through more than 70 Symphony, Outreach and Didactical concerts and Opera. As a guest conductor, Costa has appeared with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Paraná State Symphony Orchestra, Ribeirão Preto Symphony, São Paulo Radio Symphony (Sinfonia Cultura), São Paulo University Symphony Orchestra (OSUSP), Mendoza Symphony Orchestra (UnCuyo – Argentina), Orquestra Petrobrás Pró-Música Rio de Janeiro, Orquestra Experimental de Repertório, among others.

Opera productions conducted in Houses such as the Palácio das Artes (Belo Horizonte) and Manaus Opera House include Verdi’s Macbeth, Carlos Gomes' Fosca, with a repertoire comprising Otello, Aida, Traviatta, Trovatore, Rigoletto La Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Die Fledermaus, Die Lustige Witwe, Tannhäuser, Der Fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde, Hänsel und Gretel, Ariadne auf Naxos, Gioconda, Werther, Carmen, Fidelio, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Viaggio a Reims, Le Nozze di Figaro, Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, among others – and also The Metamorphosis (by B. R Deutsch, world premiere conducted at the Vienna Music Academy).

Costa served as Associate Conductor with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at Eastern Washington University, WA (2000-2003), after being selected by unanimous vote in a competitive process from over 60 candidates. His activities included conducting over 80 concerts, in Subscription, Pops, Family and Educational series, reaching to an estimated audience of 70.000 people, in a wide range of musical styles, with warm audience response and enthusiastic press criticism.

Fabio Costa studied with Kurt Masur at masterclasses with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and 2001. As a participant at the Academia Chigiana (Siena, Italy), Costa studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti. In 2001, he was also selected to participate in the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony Orchestra, under guidance of Leonard Slatkin. Costa studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien from 1996 to 1999, as a fellow of the Brazilian Department of Education (CAPES) in the classes of Uros Lajovic (conducting) and Konrad Leitner (opera). During his studies in Vienna and as a vocal performer, Costa joined vocal ensembles such as Wiener Singverein, Wiener Kammerchor, Concentus Vocalis Wien and Schoenberg Chor, among others.

In 1997, Costa was personally accepted by Claudio Abbado in a special status to follow his musical activites during the Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Festival) of that year, a particularly impregnating formative experience.

In 1995-6, Costa specialized in oboe performance at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest as a fellow of the VITAE Foundation of Brazil. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance and appeared often as a soloist in his native Brazil, in addition to having held the position of principal oboe at the São Paulo Academic Symphony (OER) for 5 years. As an oboe soloist, Costa appeared with the Mozart (OSPA) and Strauss (OSESP) oboe concertos, among others - and he has also had an an experience as an orchestral violist.

Fabio Costa has a (latu-sensu) MBA degree through the prestigious FGV Foundation in Brazil, and has established and managed a successful music enterprise in São Paulo between 2012 and 2014. Costa is fluent in six languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, Italian and Hungarian, he is also an italian citizen and is the proud father of Natan (born 2012)

(stand: July 2017)