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Jesús Amigo

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Jesús Amigo has been tightly linked to music since his early childhood .It was his father, at that moment leader of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, who introduced him to this enthralling world. Later on he attended the Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga Conservatory in Bilbao, studying piano, composition and flute. He graduated in Orchestral Conducting with maestro Octav Calleya and perfected his studies with maestros Enrique García Asensio, Antoni Ros Marbá and Sergiu Comissiona. It was decisive in his career to come into contact with Sergiu Celibidache and Carlo Maria Giulini through their frequent concerts and conferences in Madrid. Amigo´s carrer as a conductor started with the lead of the Madrid Real Conservatorio de Musica´s Symphony Orchestra ( 1995-1999 ) and that centre´s Grupo de Música Contemporánea. With these groups he worked extensively as a teacher and as a concert artist. His performances in the Auditorio Nacional de Música and the Musikfestpiele Saar ( 1999 ) received great compliments from the critics. In 2000 he was nominated Leading Director of the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra; in only seven years they have swept the public and critics off their feet with their high-quality performances as well as their ambitious and attractive program. His exceptional reputation secured by his musical integrity, his intensity and expressiveness have enabled him to present himself as guest conductor in Europe as well as in America and Asia. There, he conducted orchestras of great repute, namely the Spanish Nacional Orchestra, the Reina Sofia Chamber Orchestra, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, the Madrid Community Orchestra, the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra ,the North Czech Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Kammerorchester Berlin, Sinfonica di Roma, Beijing Symphony,etc. He has collaborated with great artists such as Joaquín Achúcarro, Maria Joao Pires, Teresa Berganza, Radovan Vlatkovic, Gerard Caussé, Jorge Luis Prats, etc. His repertoire includes all styles and periods, from Baroque to contemporary music, giving special attention to Spanish music. Besides this, maestro Amigo is deeply involved in musical creation, an activity that has taken him to premiere and commission numerous works, and invest in the least played Twentieth Century repertoire , as is the case of his last CD, nominated for a Juno Award, with works by Portuguese composers Freitas Branco and Joly Braga Santos. During the season 2007/2008 maestro Amigo will perform in the USA, Korea, Canada, and Spain, conducting, among others, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao , Greenville Symphony, Gyeonggi Philharmonic, etc…

Musica portuguesa - Fernandes, Freitas Branco
Alexandre da Costa
November, 2007