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Cesário Costa (b. 1970) is one of the most active conductors of his generation in Portugal. After his Piano Graduation (Paris), he completed his Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting (Würzburg, Germany), and he won the 3rd International Competition for Young Conductors by Fundação do Oriente. He develops his activity as a conductor in Portugal and abroad. He has performed in Europe, Asia, Cape Verde and America, with a repertoire from baroque to contemporary, always with the concern of promoting the work of national composers. He collaborated with renowned soloists and stage directors. He premiered more than one hundred pieces, working with the most part of the contemporary Portuguese composers. Beside his activity as a conductor and music programmer, he has been also a professor in several schools and at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquestra do Algarve and later he was president of the board of Metropolitana and Artistic Director of Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. Currently, he is Principal Conductor of Orchestrutopica.