Young Portuguese conductor Nuno Coelho was awarded First Prize at the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in December 2017, winning him engagements with over thirty major orchestras in Europe, Asia and South America over the next three seasons. Other accolades include First Prize at the Portuguese Radio Conducting Competition, Finalist at the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Competition, and the Neeme Järvi Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has named Nuno Coelho as one of the four conductors participating in the 2018/19 Dudamel Fellowship Programme. As part of the programme, Nuno will conduct the LA Philharmonic in three concerts featuring music by John Adams and Philip Glass in January 2019, as part of Toyota Symphonies for Youth. He will also assist Dudamel, Adams, Susanna Mälkki and Simone Young, and serve as mentor to members of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.
As Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic from 2015-17, Nuno conducted the orchestra on numerous occasions, in addition to working with Marc Albrecht on symphonic projects and a production of Parsifal at Dutch National Opera. He returns to the Netherlands Philharmonic in July 2018 for a concert at the Concertgebouw as part of Robeco SummerNights.
Nuno has also collaborated extensively with the Orquestra Gulbenkian, and the 2018-19 season will see him further develop this relationship as the orchestra’s Guest Conductor, leading subscription concerts and tours. Other forthcoming highlights include a return to the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, and debuts with the Ulster Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
In June 2018 Nuno will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra having been selected for the prestigious Daniele Gatti Masterclass, having previously participated in masterclasses with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme Järvi and Bernard Haitink.
In summer 2016 he attended the Tanglewood Music Center as one of the Conducting Fellows and was invited to return in 2017. He assisted guest conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnányi, Stefan Asbury, Thomas Adès and Stéphane Denève and conducted the Festival Orchestra in several concerts, including a staging of Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. Opera projects elsewhere include La traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana and Rusalka.
Born in 1989, Nuno Coelho completed his violin studies in Klagenfurt and Brussels with Yuzuko Horigome, working regularly with professional orchestras and ensembles. He later studied conducting at the Zurich University of Arts with Johannes Schlaefli. In 2015 he was admitted into the German Music Council’s prestigious Dirigentenforum and received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from 2014 to 2016.